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First show of 2016!

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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!

Facebook invite:


Flyer by Julie Lamendola


Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Also for the show on Friday, inspired by Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes, we have visual art by Tommy Cheng who is a…

Posted by Susan Hwang on Monday, August 3, 2015


Our next show – August 7th – Sarah Vowell’s UNFAMILIAR FISHES

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Join us Friday, August 7th, 7pm at historical lightship, The Frying Pan as we continue our summer in the flow:

The Frying Pan
530 West 26th Street (docked @Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill)



June 5th – Moby Dick

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Our next show is June 5th, 7pm at historical lightship, The Frying Pan (Pier 66/ 530 W. 26th St.).  Herman Melville’s MOBY DICK is inspiring new song, dance and puppet theater.


Flyer by Julie Lamendola


Our next show: John Waters’ “Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters”

Friday, April 17th, 2015



Pearl Rhein
Storm Garner
Susannah Pryce
Susan Hwang
Sweet Soubrette
Bob Holman
harlie Nieland

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March 15th – Bob Holman

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Join us for a birthday celebration Bushwick Book Club style!  Your favorite local and touring musicians, songwriters and artists present new music and performance inspired by the work of Bob Holman — poet, spoken word artist, endangered language activist, founder of The Bowery Poetry Club and creator of new PBS series, “Language Matters.”  We are celebrating this celebrator of creativity with creativity inspired by his creativity!


March 15th, 1pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY



February 25th – Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

New music and performance inspired by the work of Emily Dicksinson.  Presenting are:

Bob Holman
Susan Hwang
Leslie Graves
Susannah Pryce
Pearl Rhein
Thomas Wolfe
Jia Jung