Bushwick Asks: What’s Your Apocalypse Plan?

Tonight Bushwick artists will take the Annex Theater stage and perform songs inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. The book takes place in a post-apocalyptic America. The subject matter started me thinking about what I would do when shit goes down. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I would not survive to see The Traveling Symphony. I’m not well stocked. There aren’t gallons of water stored in a special survival closet. I don’t have any weapons. I don’t even have cigarettes to use for currency. Do other people know what to do in the face of the end of society as we know it? I checked in with tonight’s artists to find out and asked, “What’s your apocalypse survival plan? How do you plan to start a new life that includes your art after life as we know it ends?” Here is what they have to say.

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Bushwick Asks: What’s Your Favorite Children’s

After reading The Little Prince once again, this time in preparation for tonight’s show I started thinking about how the book’s meaning and importance has changed for me over time. I liked it when I was young and yet it wasn’t until I was an adult that it took a permanent place in my heart. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and is comforting in times of loss, grief or heartache. When I was a kid, I loved the Berenstain Bears, books I now find heavy-handed and preachy. This got me thinking about how children’s books can change meaning to the reader as they age. I asked the Bushwick performers “what was your favorite children’s book when you were a kid and what is your favorite children’s book now? How has your thoughts on your favorite kid’s book changed as you grew up?” Take a look at what they said.

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Bookshelf Report: Amanda Winterhalter and the Giant Fist

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader or artist shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

 

Amanda Winterhalter, Bushwick performer and program volunteer, takes the stage this Saturday at The Bushwick Book Club Presents: Original Music Inspired by The Little Prince. Before we see her then, let’s take a look around her home to see where all her books live.

 

How do you organize your books?

Generally, I order my books by genre (British Lit, American Lit, Poetry, World Lit, Nonfiction/Textbooks, Memoir and Essay, etc.), and then alphabetically by author name within genre. I was an English major, which basically means I joined a very expensive book club for four years and collected a lot of cool novels and anthologies. And I like order and systems. However, I don’t always put books back where they belong.

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5 Facts about our 3 for 3 Authors

Our next event is super exciting because we are bringing together four local literary institutions, Seattle7Writers, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, Hugo House and Town Hall Seattle to partner the event. “3 for 3: Music Inspired by Books; Books Inspired by Water” will feature Bushwick Book Club’s songwriters and musicians performing songs inspired by the books of three Seattle7Writers. Authors Daniel James Brown (The Boys in the Boat), Jennie Shortridge (Love Water Memory), and Jim Lynch (Before the Wind) are all new to me so I took to the Internet to find out more about them. Here are five facts about our authors and their work:

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