Songs about books – Triple Release show Wednesday night at HiFi!

September 27th, 2016

Jessie KilgussCharlie Nieland and BBC founder, Susan Hwang are releasing their new recordings of songs inspired by works of Vonnegut, Tennessee Williams, Jonathan Ames, Stephen King and others (even Julia Child!).  The show is at HiFi in the East Village and will include performances from Jessie and her band, plus Charlie and Susan’s new all-lit-based duo, Lusterlit, plus special guests from Bushwick Book Club – Sweet SoubretteCasey Holford,Pearl Rhein and John S. Hall.  The good times are endless with a good book.  Or even a bad one.

Did you see the commercial for the show?

Wednesday, September 28th, 7:30pm-10:30pm
169 Ave. A


Mp3s and video of songs for GEEK LOVE

July 14th, 2016

We had a terrific GEEK LOVE-fest Tuesday night.  Mp3s and video are on the BANDCAMP.

We also have the videos on our FB page:

And what happens if we try embedding a few…


GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn

June 26th, 2016

Our next show is July 12th, 8pm.  The book we are digesting and using as inspiration and fuel for new art, music, film, poetry and maybe snacks is GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn.

Join us for the performance at Basement Bar in Bushwick.  249 Varet Street, ph: (718) 366-1351




May 9th, 2016

We heard the audiobook is really good.

Our next show:

Thursday, JUNE 9th, 8pm
37 W. 17th St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-7505
DOOR: $5 suggested donation


Our next show…

March 14th, 2016

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Bushwick Book Club on TV!

January 25th, 2016

Bushwick Book Club is featured on the first episode of the new TV show created by BBC founder, Susan Hwang called  The La La La Show.  Watch at 9:30pm today on channels TWC56 RCN83 FIOS34 and livestream on click on MNN2.

The other option is to come to the SCREENING PARTY at SUPERFINE in DUMBO, BROOKLYN.

Come to the screening party!  Watch the show projected in this fine establishment as BBC establishes itself as a TV entity.  Bring your own M&Ms or rosemary roasted pecans or celery, because it’s a BYOSnacks situation.  Hobnob with people who write songs about books.  We all smell different, and we like assignments.

You can also hold Susan’s  hand.  Because she’s excited.
January 25th, 9:30pm
126 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY
Photo by Storm Garner of the beautiful set she created!

First show of 2016!

January 4th, 2016

It’s our Vonnegut tradition.  This year, we create inspired by GALAPAGOS.  The days are getting longer, and we’re reading Vonnegut, listening for song and dance and poetry and snacks…  Please join us in acoustically magnificent and Vonnegut-friendly venue, CounterEvolution for the show!


JANUARY 21st, 8pm
37 W. 17th St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY


Our next show – November 6th LITERARY LOVE FEST w/ BOOK RIOT LIVE at The Living Room

October 13th, 2015

Friday, November 6th, Bushwick Book Club presents new, original music inspired by the first ever Book Riot Live convention in Manhattan!  It’s the coming together of two, book-loving communities celebrating literature from every conceivable angle and then making up new ones.  The first Book Riot Live is a reader convention unlike any other, bringing readers and authors together with all manner of book-related activity including games, live podcasts, discussions and trivia.  Bushwick Book Club is the first musical/literary cross-over event of its kind with chapters in Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and Malmo, Sweden.  On November 6th, the two come together at The Living Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a performance of new original music inspired by the work of Book Riot Live panelists and featured authors.

Books by:

Beverly Jenkins (historical and contemporary romance)
Alisha Rai (erotic fiction)
Daniel Jose Older (Brooklyn author of fantasy/young adult fiction)
Greg Pak (comic book writer – Batman/Superman, Action Comics)
Lucy Knisley (comic book writer and musician – Chicago)
N.K. Jemisin (Brooklyn author of speculative fiction)
Book-inspired songs by:
Mark Lesseraux (The Citizens)
Charlie Nieland (Oh Halo, Her Vanished Grace)
Ellia Bisker (Sweet Soubrette, Charming Disaster, Kotorino)
Hilary Downes (The Snow)
Susan Hwang (The Debutante Hour, GOLD, Bushwick Book Club founder and curator)
DATE:    November 6th, 7pm
              134 Metropolitan Avenue
              Brooklyn, NY 11249
PHONE: (718) 782-6600
DOOR:   By donation
Join us for this book-lovers exchange of book-inspired creativity, kicking off the literature-minded, hearted and embodied weekend that is Book Riot Live!

Our next show – A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith

August 17th, 2015

September, 14th, 8pm - Join us at the venerable, delicious, creative hotbed known as SUPERFINE for our presentation of new music and performance inspired by Betty Smith’s classic, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.  It’s an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event!

Local songwriters, musicians, poets, dancers and creative daredevils of all mediums come together to present their creative responses to A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith.
SONGWRITERS: Mark Lessereaux, Peg Simone, Renee Goust, Soce The Elemental Wizard, David Lavin, Hilary Downes, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette, Mia Pixley,  The Violin Femmes , Pearl Rhein and Robin Aigner
VISUAL ART – curated by Ori Cosentino -
Book-themed culinary offering also by Ori Cosentino
DANCE by Andrew Jannetti ( and Jessica Lewis Arts ( )
Hosted by BBC founder Susan Hwang.
Superfine has been a cultural and culinary haven in DUMBO for 17 years and continues to cultivate and excite Brooklyn arts and palettes!
Bushwick Book Club engages readers through song, performance and art!  Your mother’s book club is nice too…

August 7th, 7pm – UNFAMILIAR FISHES by Sarah Vowell

August 3rd, 2015

Get ready for new music inspired by history as told by Sarah Vowell… this is the stuff Friday nights are made of.

New songs by:

Mark Lesseraux, Hilary Downes, Jessie Kilguss, Susan Hwang, Perry Maybrown ( The Bushwick Book Club (Seattle) Club!), Don RaufCharlie NielandSweet Soubrette (Ellia Bisker)

Featured performers:
CLAUDIA GODDARD, musician of Hawaiian slack key guitar and ‘ukulele.
JOHN-MARIO SEVILLA, Hawaiian hula dancer

Featured Visual artist: TOMMY CHENG, folk artist specializing in portraits of Hawaiian dancers, musicians and Hawaiian royalty.

DJ DUCTTAPE is spinning afterwards. Get your literature-inspired groove on!

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Flyer by Julie Lamendola