Local Author Inspires Students
posted: Friday, April 7, 2017
Award-winning Manitoba author, Patti Grayson, stopped by SJR on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to read to Grades 4 and 5 students.
She read from her most recent novel, Ghost Most Foul, which is aimed toward a juvenile audience. It is about a teenager whose basketball coach is lost in a plane crash; she believes that her late coach’s ghost is trying to connect with her. When asked where the title of the novel comes from, she stated that it came partly from the plot, but that she borrowed the idea of it from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "In the play, Hamlet's father appears as a ghost and says (of his own death), ‘murder most foul’. I liked the way the words sounded. Also, the word ‘foul’ has a double meaning in a book about basketball.”
After the reading, a student asked if Patti had any advice for someone who would like to become a writer. Her response: "I have 6 tips for writers. Read. Read. Read. and Write. Write. Write." She also took the time to answer the students' questions, telling them about her process, some of her favourite authors, and that she knew she wanted to become a writer since she was in Grade 3 - at the age of eight, she wrote her very first collection of stories!
Ghost Most Foul is Patti Grayson's third book, and is nominated for MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award) 2017. Her other two works are adult fiction; the short story anthology Core Samples in 2004 and her first novel, Autumn, One Spring, in 2010. Her novel was shortlisted for The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher at the 2011 Manitoba Book Awards, while her short fiction collection, Core Samples, was nominated for two Manitoba Book Awards.