Kate MacLeod: Singing the literary life
Set aside books that inspire films. For Utah-based singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod, a more novel idea is how a plot point or scene in a book can inspire a song.
MacLeod’s literary-inspired songs will be highlighted at her concert Sunday, Sept. 29, at 4:30 p.m. at Library Square in Salt Lake City as part of the Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival.
She has been writing songs inspired by her reading for some 30 years, and plans to release a collection of 13 literary-inspired songs. The CD, recorded at Ken Sanders Rare Books, will be available at her concerts before its December release date.
Book lovers might want to guess at MacLeod’s inspirations, which can range from novels such as Audrey Niffenegger’s "The Time Traveler’s Wife," which prompted her song "Love In and Out of Time," to nonfiction such as William Least Heat-Moon’s "Blue Highways."
Local readers might want to re-read Teresa Jordan’s Wyoming range memoir to better appreciate MacLeod’s song with the same title, "Riding the White Horse Home."
The 16th annual Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival sponsors events throughout the state, with a two-day kickoff weekend at Salt Lake City’s Library Square, 200 E. 400 South, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. Events will include daily concerts, a poetry slam, a rare books roundup and scores of author talks and panels. For a complete schedule and alphabetical listing of author talks throughout the city and state, visit utahhumanities.org/BookFestival.htm.
Runners interested in joining Harvard professor Daniel E. Lieberman (“The Barefoot Professor”) on a run Friday, Oct. 4 should make a reservation at www.nhmu.utah.edu/run-daniel-lieberman.