Advertisement
  1. Books

What's Elaine M. Hayes reading?

What 's on Elaine M. Hayes' nightstand?
Published Nov. 15, 2017

Nightstand

Elaine M. Hayes

Hayes, the author of Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, said she was a college student when Vaughan's voice first captivated her. "My roommate played a lot of her in our daily life. I remember thinking that she had a phenomenal voice, the way she swooped from bottom of range to the top. She had an amazing sense of harmonic sense, and I was so impressed with how she could improvise,'' said Hayes, 44. "I often say Sarah Vaughan was my crossover moment, my gateway into jazz."

We recently caught up with Hayes, a music historian and author who holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, by phone from her home in Seattle.

What's on your nightstand?

I have three different categories. The first are books that are work related, as I am looking for my next project and studying the intellectual thoughts of black women from the 20th century. They had so many challenges. I'm reading Beyond Respectability by Brittney C. Cooper.

Can you tell me about this one?

She goes back and finds stories and ideas and words of important women who contributed to black intellectual history from the late 1800s all the way through the civil rights era. She looks for them in unusual ways. They were not always the same part of formal institutions as the men were. I'm also reading Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Pauli Murray is an overlooked figure. It's fascinating.

Then the second category is what I read to relax and wind down. I happen to love mysteries, so I'm reading Louise Penny. She writes the books for the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. She creates a quirky artistic community. Inspector Gamache is sensitive, well read, a Renaissance kind of man. It's fun to read. The third category is for my son. I have a 5-year-old. He and I do a lot of reading together. His current favorite is Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. It's about a character named Jasper and how he has glow-in-the-dark underwear.

Regarding Queen of Bepop, you include Vaughan's life and career, the racial strife she endured as well as sexism and even violence toward female singers. Do you have a favorite piece of the book?

For me all those parts are really indispensable for the whole. The sexism and racism work together, and it's a big part of what shaped her career. An important part is how women like her confronted all those things and kept going. They didn't allow those things to get them down. So, I don't have a favorite part, but I can tell you that it was difficult for me writing about domestic violence and abuse.

Contact Piper Castillo at
pcastillo@tampabay.com.
Follow @Florida_PBJC.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Authors James Baldwin (maroon), Kristen Arnett (pink), Rita Mae Brown (yellow), Tanya Boteju (green), Thomas Page McBee (turquoise), Alison Bechel (blue), Mariko Tamaki (lime green), Alexander Chee (red), Kate Bornstein (purple) and Eileen Myles (orange). Illustration by Lisa Merklin  |  tbt*
    Books help to chronicle the long, storied, beautiful and diverse LGBTQ community. | Ashley Dye
  2. University of South Florida professor Jay Hopler. Courtesy of Jay Hopler
    Plus, Diane Dewey will sign her memoir at St. Petersburg bookstore Haslam’s.
  3. Jill Ciment. Courtesy of Arnold Mesches
    The story of jurors on a Florida murder trial takes some wicked twists.
  4. Author Susan Isaacs' new novel is "Takes One to Know One." Linda Nutter
    ‘Takes One to Know One’ follows an ex-FBI agent uncovering hidden identity and crime in an upscale suburb.
  5. Florida Literary Legend Craig Pittman at work on the Ichetucknee River in 1999. Times (1999)
    His five books about the state and award-winning environmental reporting for the Times earned him the title.
  6. The 27th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading is coming up on Nov. 9 at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus. Times (2017)
    Roy Peter Clark is also set to offer a workshop at Oxford Exchange in Tampa.
  7. Edie Windsor walks at the 46th annual NYC Pride March in 2016. Windsor was the Grand Marshal of the 2013 parade, just after the Supreme Court ruled in her favor and struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. Her case set the stage for Obergefell v. Hodges in which the Supreme Court made marriage equality legal nationwide. A KATZ  |  a katz  |  Shutterstock
    It’s a pleasure to hear from the late lesbian trailblazer, whose landmark case set the stage for marriage equality nationwide. | Book review
  8. Graham Kropp, 9 and his father Steve Kropp, both of Seminole, shop for Star Wars items at the Clearwater Target, 2747 Gulf To Bay Blvd, Friday, October 4, 2019 in the Disney Store section. Friday was the release of this year's Force Friday Star Wars products. Target sales associate Kat McCauley, right, offers them some Star Wars themed cup cakes.  SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    The “shop-in-shop” location is one of only 25 in the country and two in the state of Florida.
  9. Kristen Hare, author of 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die. Courtesy of Kristen Hare
    The author of ‘100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die’ is reading Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series.
  10. Author Beth Macy Josh Meltzer
    This deeply researched history of the opioid crisis tells its human stories, too.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement