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Philip Roth in the Park

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.



First show of 2014 – Welcome to the Monkey House

Wednesday, 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!


Tonight – Special Event with SixOneSeven BOOKS at Cornelia Street Cafe

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
SixOneSeven BOOKS teams up with BBC to present:

Christopher CastellaniDouglas Trevor

Novel Songs: an evening of readings and new music image
Novel Songs: an evening of readings and new music with authors Christopher Castellani and Douglas Trevor, featuring the Bushwick Book ClubThe Bushwick Book Club features the delirious talents of local songwriters who plumb the depths and scrape the ends of chosen literary gems to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song. The group performs monthly in NYC and Brooklyn, and by special request will join us at Cornelia Street Café on November 21.

BBC songwriters Sweet Soubrette, Casey Holford, spiritchild, Mia Pixley and Susan Hwang will present their original music inspired by these two new works.   6pm, 11/21/2013.  Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, ph: 212 989-9319


Mp3s from Orson Night are up!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

We’ve got them on the bandcamp.  Great for weekday downtime distraction, and as supplemental Orson-inspired sensory stimulation for annual Orson remembrance rituals.  They make a nice soundtrack for seasonal Orson dinner parties too.

October 30th - My Lunches with OrsonClick on the Orson to be taken there.
And you can read Susan Hwang’s blog regarding the night here:


Songs from Mapping Manhattan and Twelfth Night on our Bandcamp

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Songs from our last 2 shows are now available for listening and downloading on our BANDCAMP page!

Our Tuesday night show at The Living Room featured inspired new work from super-talented local songwriters Dan and Rachel, Danydany, Herb Scher, Hilary Downes, Jessie Kilguss, spiritchild, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette and Toby King.

Listen to the songs here:

AND our songs recorded at Prospect Park, inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are also available for listening and downloading.  Our magical Shakespeare in the park (Prospect Park) night featured songs by Ben Arthur, Joe Crow Ryan, Jason Howard, Plastic Bag,  Justin Vahala, Jesse Sternberg, Peter Dizozza, Leslie Graves and Susan Hwang.

New songs about books just in time for the summer…  Happy Solstice listening!

Mapping Manhattan - June 18th at The Living Room!    Shakespeare2


June 18th – “Mapping Manhattan” at The Living Room

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

We’re excited to present original music inspired by Becky Cooper’s new book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (And Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.  It’s a collection of hand drawn maps of this city – each as different as the New Yorker that created it.  They are maps of lives lived and stories told–lamenting, celebrating, remembering.

Come hear the music inspired by these glimpses into our neighbors’ lives.  Show is Tuesday, June 18th, 8pm at The Living Room in the Lower East Side.  Songs by:

Hilary Downes, Toby King, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Sweet Soubrette, spiritchild, Herb Scher, Dan and Rachel and Danydany.

This book choice was inspired by Maria Popova’s awesome blog to inspiration and all things interesting,  If you click on the book there and buy it through Amazon, you help her out.  If you come hear the songs next Tuesday night, you help out your inner hunger for brand new, literature-inspired songs!  (That sound is your soul grumbling for songs about books.)

Mapping Manhattan - June 18th at The Living Room!



Lunchtime Songs About Books at Grand Army Plaza

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Like a bag of chips or a napkin note from your mom, songs about books can really boost your lunch.  Tomorrow, the Bushwick Book Club  and Hip Hop Book Club play a lunchtime set at Grand Army Plaza for The Brooklyn Public Library.  Come hear Susan Hwang, Phoebe Kreutz, Adventures of Kaila and The Kid from Hip Hop Book Club, spiritchild and members of ArtStart!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 12:30pm-2pm
Grand Army Plaza/Brooklyn Central Public Library
ph: (718) 623-7100

We’ll be right here.  We’ll be the ones playing songs about books.


Have lunch with BPL on the Plaza! Lunchapalooza, Central Library’s weekly lunchtime festival, kicks off this Wednesday, May 22. Enjoy delicious food, story time ( In a Land of Frogs and Princesses, 11:30 am) and music for the whole family ( Bushwick Book Club, Hip Hop Book Club & ArtStart, 12:30 pm). A different food truck will be parked outside the Library each week, rain or shine. In case of rain, entertainment will be canceled.

Next Show: Shakespeare in the Park

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

May 29th at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, follow the sound of songs about books to the southern end of the Great Lawn.  We’ll be there, playing our songs inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.   Players include:

Ellia Bisker

Ben Arthur

Justin Vahala

Joe Crow Ryan

Susan Hwang

Up Against The Wall String Band

Leslie Graves

We’ll get started around 8pm!  Shakespeare in the Park, Bushwick Book Club style…

Twelfth Night



Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

March 28th, 8pm at Culturefix in the Lower East Side.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories are the inspiration for new music tomorrow night!  A Study in Scarlet, A Scandal in Bohemia and any of the 56 much loved short stories featuring Sherlock (and Dr. Watson of course) are fair game for intrepid local songwriters:

Aron Blue:  Aron is a singer songwriter, sound engineer and producer. She created SuperMeow Records and also curates shows in Brooklyn.   She ain’t afraid to get things started.

The Adventures of Kaila and The Kid – Kid Lucky and Kaila Mullady are the beat-rhyming duo of the decade.  They are a beat-rhyming force of nature, soon to be touring with their new recording.  Watch the TRAILER.

Casey Holford - is an Antifolk-based musician, songwriter, recording engineer and photographer.  He has a way with melodies, and his songs are harder to drum to than you think.  Did you hear his Game of Thrones song?

Chris Andersen – When he’s not working on his daily online comic, The Ego and The Squid, he’s redefining your notion of hip hop with The

Happy Rappies.  He’s performing solo for Book Club this month!

Dan & Rachel - This rock and roll duo is usually zig-zagging the U.S. in their Mazda, hypnotizing the country city by city with their cross-genre, harmonizings and brazen lyrical variety.  They will also seduce you with Kale – KALE RECORDS, that is.

Jason Perlman – is a local songwriter who made THIS for the first book club of the year.  Happy to have him back for our March show!

Natti Vogel – can break your heart in any musical genre and at least 2 languages.  One of them i being Chinese.

Phoebe Kreutz – is an award-winning songwriter and exceptional conversationalist.  She is known for her remarkable ability to turn a Sumerian epic into a musical.  You must see her GILGAMESH the Musical.

Susan Hwang – is the founder of Bushwick Book Club.  She bends literature to her own musical whims and makes a mission of encouraging others to do so because she thinks it’s funny.

THURSDAY, March 28th, 8pm


9 Clinton St. (just south of Houston St.)

New York, NY

ph: (646) 863-7171

Door: by donation (suggested $5)