Today I welcome Anne Kaufmann to my blog. She is wrapping up her virtual book tour for her book Glenn Gould: Sketches of Solitude.
Guest Post: What inspired me to write my book
Glenn Gould has been with me all of my life. My grandmother had a passion for classical music and started me on the piano when I was five years old. So Glenn Gould was a household name. I believe that as well as Glenn Gould being a phenomenal technical pianist, he was unconventional and inspiring. My grandmother always revered the creative part of music, so she was a loyal follower of Glenn Gould and his outstanding and unique musical interpretations. I heard his name from five years of age on. Of course, we lived north of Toronto, so it was wonderful being in the same city.
Once Glenn Gould started his documentaries, he was in our living room on a constant basis. As time went on, I found Glenn Gould an inspiration because he followed his own path; his music touched my mind and heart. Whenever I needed some solace or just joy, Glenn Gould’s music was there. His personal courage and professional path intrigued me. I started reading more about him and became fascinated with his films. I just loved watching him play the piano.
One day, as I listening to his music, I started to write just short impressions, feelings, and ideas, and before I knew it, it was forming into larger sketches. I then decided that I might turn these sketches into a book for young readers. I thought his life could motivate and inspire children to follow their dreams, to celebrate their individuality and to take courage in their own journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of writing this book because I was so fond of my subject.
Writer Anne Kaufmann gives us an imaginative glimpse into the world and soundscapes of the young artist-prodigy, Glenn Gould. The book poetically recreates the world of sound that the young Gould experienced. It is a realistic yet fictionalized account of Gould’s life based on his own recollections over the years and those of others who knew him. Artist Rudin Koci perfectly augments the poetic prose with his colorful, bold and energetic illustrations. This book will inspire young people of today to nurture their own creativity through art and music.
About the Author
Anne Kaufmann is a former teacher librarian. She studied English Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto. Her passions include music, books, animals and creating nature journals. She has shared her life with dogs, horses, cats and birds. A nature lover, she spends many hours exploring the forests north of her home with her Border Collie, Indy. Some of her favorite childhood memories include summers at her cottage on Lake Simcoe, settling back on the family couch reading while listening to her dad’s weekly String Quartet group, playing with her dogs and wishing for a horse. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
About the Illustrator
Rudin Koci was born on January 7th, 1971, in Tirana, Albania. He holds dual citizenship, Canadian and Albanian. In 1994, Rudin graduated from Academy of Arts, Tirana, Albania with a major in Theatre Design and finished his Masters in Fine Arts in 2001-2003 at the Slade School of Art, University College, London, UK. In 2007 he earned his Bachelor of Education at Windsor University, Ontario in 2007. Rudin lives in Toronto, Ontario and shares his passion for art with his students.