Our first collaboration with BBC Malmo – presenting My Life As A Dog in August

July 22nd, 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, musical nerdery reaches new heights as we present our first international collaboration of songs about books at City Winery.  The founder of Bushwick Book Club Malmo (our Swedish Chapter) will be in New York to present new songs and performance inspired by Reidar Jonsson’s My Life As A Dog.

The night will feature original music and performances by:

Sunny Sanam - performance artist, actor
Julie Lamendola – Ching Ching
Sam James – The Wowz
Charlie Nieland – www.hervanishedgrace.com
Christy Davis – GOLD
Casey Holfordwww.caseyholford.com
Sophie Malleret
Early Riser – Heidi Vanderlee, Kiri Oliver https://www.facebook.com/earlyriserrr
Susan Hwangwww.susanhwanglalala.com
Summer Morse
Jessie Kilguss –  jessiekilguss.com
Hilary Downes - hilaryedownes.com
Pierre de Gaillande - www.pierredegaillande.com/
Pearl Rhein - pearlrhein.com
Sweet Soubrettesweetsoubrette.com


Hosted by Susan Hwang with the founder of Bushwick Book Club Malmo – Kristian Carlsson, http://bushwick.se/

August 20th, 8pm
City Winery
155 Varick St.
New York, NY 10013
Ph: 212 608-0555
Door: $10
Tickets: http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/bushwickbookclub082014.html


“The Bushwick Book Club takes humdrum book reading to a new level.” — The New York Times




Our next show – Philip Roth in the Park!

July 8th, 2014

Okay, it’s on this time.  July 20th in Propect Park.  Join us in the southern end of the Big Lawn in Prospect Park under the tree on top of the hill with the Teddy Roosevelt Boy Scout Tablet.  We’ll be the ones playing songs inspired by Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth.  

Sunday, July 20th, 3 pm
Prospect ParkTeddy Roosevelt Boy Scout Tablet

Performers: Pierre de Gaillande, Jessie Kilguss, Susan Hwang, Leslie Graves, Dave Voigt, Chris Rael, Don Rauf, Geoffrey Scott Diesel, Julie Lynn, Mark Lessereaux




Moving our Philip Roth in the Park show to July

May 28th, 2014

This is going to be like kimchi–even better if you bury it in the backyard and wait a few weeks.

Our Philip Roth in the Park show is being rescheduled for July 20th, 3pm.  Please join us then!

Meanwhile, our next regularly scheduled performance is June 25th at Barbes.  The book that will inspire new music is Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.



Philip Roth in the Park

May 20th, 2014

Our next show is May 29th, 7:30pm in Prospect Park.  Meet us at the Teddy Roosevelt Boy Scout Tablet.  We’ll be the ones under the tree playing songs inspired by Philip Roth’s Goodbye Columbus.

Songwriter/performers:  Pierre de Gaillande, Jessie Kilguss, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette, Jacob Jiles, Sophie Malleret and Bob Holman, David Voigt and Sean Eden.



Our next book: “Wake Up, Sir!” by Jonathan Ames

March 25th, 2014

Our next show is April 30th, 8pm at Barbes in Brooklyn.  376 9th Street, ph: 347-422-0248

Performers include:  Pearl Rhein, Susan Hwang, Hilary Downes, Pierre de Gaillande, Wanda Phipps, Jonathan Vincent, Bob Holman, Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland, Lords of Lichtenstein.



Listen to songs from our last show!

March 6th, 2014

The songs inspired by Howard Feinstein’s civil rights memoir are in a new album on our Bandcamp page.  As spiritchild said, “Rise up and up rise.”



Our February show – FIRE ON THE BAYOU by Howard Feinstein

February 17th, 2014

Our February show is inspired by “Fire on the Bayou – True Tales From the Civil Rights Battlefront” by Howard Feinstein.  Feinstein served as a criminal prosecutor and litigating attorney with the Civil Right Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated and tried hate crimes and violent interference with federal civil rights laws in the Deep South and elsewhere.  This is a memoir of his experiences.  Feinstein is also a blues musician still performing in the Washington, D.C. area.  He will be present on February 25th to watch the show and speak about his work.  In addition, he’ll play and sing his own music.  It’s a BBC first – the author will be there to speak and perform his own original song inspired by the book.  This show will take place at Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  All proceeds will be donated to Empowered Women International, a non-profit serving immigrant, minority and low-income women.

The songwriters scheduled to perform include spiritchild, Geoff Curtis, Susan Hwang, Zane Van Dusen, Shannon Pelcher, Hilary Downes, Sweet Soubrette,  Mia Pixley and The Lords of Liechtenstein.  BBC founder, Susan Hwang also hosts the night.


February 25th, 7pm
376 9th St.
New York, NY 11215
Ph: 347-422-0248
Door: by donation



Hello, Nyack. A brand new Book Club is born!

January 14th, 2014

Singer/songwriter/performance artist/busker Joe Crow Ryan is moving to Nyack, NY.  With his arrival there, he is starting the brand new Nyack, NY chapter of The Bushwick Book Club.  Their first show coincides with our 5th anniversary show in Bushwick, so January 22nd we’ll be celebrating both how old and how new we are!

Bushwick Book Club Nyack will be at Olive’s–a great local bar that not only has songs about books, but their own house potato chips.  Handmade potato chips are an obscenely well-matched snack food for literature-inspired music (wings and calamari are not too shabby either).

January 22nd – BBC Nyack, first show!
118A Main St.
Nyack, NY 10960
ph: 845-353-4377

January 22nd, 8pm, BBC 5th Anniversary/Vonnegut show!
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
ph: 718 453 6343


First show of 2014 – Welcome to the Monkey House

January 1st, 2014

Our first show of 2014 is also our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.  Five years of songs about books and only more to come.

So far, we have Phoebe Kreutz (who also played the very first BBC show in January of 2009), Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley, Phil Andrews, KEN SOUTH ROCK (Susan’s favorite rock band–half Ken Minami from Japan, and half Adam Amram from Bushwick) and Jessie Kilguss.  More players to be announced soon!


Our next show: 2013 Sampler at Slipper Room

December 3rd, 2013

Decisions are overrated.  Just take a bite out of each one.

On December 18th, you get to taste songs inspired by all the books we used for musical inspiration in 2013.  Hear your favorite songs about books in new arrangements and instrumentation with collaboration from dancers and aerialist, Rebecca Heinegg!

It’s a literary-musical, cross-genre, mixed discipline send-off to the year at the beautiful, Slipper Room in the Lower East Side.

Performances by: Arden Rogow-Bales, Casey Holford, Charlie Nieland, Jessie Kilguss, Jonathan Vincent, Julie Delano, Leslie Graves, Mia Pixley, Peter Dizozza, Phil Andrews, spiritchild, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette

Songs inspired by: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Tango by Justin Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Mapping Manhattan by Becky Cooper, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and My Lunches with Orson

Thursday, December 18th, 8pm
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-7246