Authors for BBC

“I was so honored that the Bushwick Book Club made music in response to my writing.  All the arts are about communication — if one is to make grand summarizing statements — and to have two of the arts communicating with each other, prose and music, like birds in a tree in Bushwick, is a brilliant concept that the Bushwick Book Club has invented and continues to practice with great joy and exuberance and beauty.  And to repeat myself — I’m so pleased that my writing caused this lovely group to burst into song. Because what’s better than bursting into song? Very little!” — Jonathan Ames, WAKE UP, SIR!BBC show April 2014

“The Bushwick Book Club turned my book into song and it was one of the best nights of music I’ve experienced in a long time. That they take a book – which, many of us don’t even have time to read anymore – and interpret it through music is… thrilling. These musicians take the lid off all the concepts and the themes and $5 words and they make you feel the thing. Book reviews don’t do that. Cliff Notes definitely don’t do that. But music can and the Bushwick Book Club doles it out in delightful, utterly entertaining song.” – Negin Farsad, HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGHBBC show February 2017

“In 2014, I had an intermittent year-long book tour for my memoir, Fire On The Bayou: True Tales From The Civil Rights Battlefront. Looking back on that time, it is clear that the event that Bushwick Book Club hosted for me was the highlight of that experience. Unlike some tour-stops, the BBC members had taken the time to read the book, and contributed insightful questions and comments. And, dramatically, they performed songs based on characters in the narrative! No work of mine has ever felt so validated. I wish these folks many years of success – they are a treasure.” — Howard Feinstein, FIRE ON THE BAYOU: True Tales From The Civil Rights Battlefront – BBC show September 2014

“Everybody loves to be read to, to live inside a book’s sonic world of meaning via the intimacy of someone else’s voice. But only at a Bushwick Book Club gathering will a book sing to you, from a variety of voices and angles. Not just a story replete with plot, characters, landscape and meaning — at the Bushwick Book Club a book becomes something you to sing along with, something you can dance to.” — Bob Holman, poet - BOWERY POETRY CLUB, LANGUAGE MATTERSBBC show March 2015

“My friends say the pig was devoured, and I was thrilled to be buried in beach balls and giving away prizes.  That’s not to mention how impressive the music was!  Each musician highlighted the perfect themes with complete respect for the book.  I’m so grateful and happy about the project.  Thank you again and again.  Please stay in touch.  Your type of event looks to be the future of literary events.”   Chuck Palahniuk, LEGACY – An Off-Color Novella For You To Color, BBC shows in NYC/Portland/LA November 2017

“The greatest honor I received from writing my book has been the BBC writing songs about it, very grateful!” – Amy Schumer, THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO, BBC show July 2017

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