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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Stories From the Merch Table

In the back of the room at most every show sits a common fixture: The Merch Table. Here bands display their wares, but the table serves purposes beyond mere commerce. From performers growing their e-mail lists to visiting and connecting personally with fans, there is a social angle that can offer rare access and provide tremendous value for both artists and fans alike.

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5 Facts About Anaïs Nin

For Valentine’s Day this year Bushwick performed original music inspired by Anaïs Nin’s Delta of Venus. Even though that event was last month, I’ve been left haunted by Anaïs Nin’s work. I’m not so interested in her erotic fiction, and instead have been thinking about the honesty found in her diaries. I needed to know more about her life, so I took to the Internet to find out which of her works I should read next. Expecting to find salacious gossip, what I read was a lot more interesting and inspiring.

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5 Facts About Marjane Satrapi

In preparation for the next Bushwick event, Original Music Inspired by Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, I read the Complete Persepolis. It left me wanting to know even about Marjane Satrapi’s life. Those of you who have read Persepolils know that it tackles some serious stuff. But does a softer, sillier side of Satrapi exist?

I took to the Internet to find out. Here are a few fun facts I discovered about Marjane Satrapi.

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