Bookshelf Report: A Very Librarian Collection

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader invites us into their home and shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

Today’s bookshelf comes from Bushwick volunteer and resident soon-to-be library expert Ilse Allison. Ilse has been a strong part of our Bushwick volunteer team since the get go. You’ve probably seen her at shows behind the merch table selling you stuff.


How do you organize your books?

​They’ve made it to the shelf vaguely by theme, sometimes for subtle jokes that make me chuckle. I keep my library books together so I don’t forget to return them on time and devote a shelf to schoolwork. Cookbooks get their own shelf in the kitchen.

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The Basic Know-How of the Walking Dead – Video

Many of you out there probably think you know everything there is to know about the zombies of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.  But let me ask you this — How much do you REALLY know? Hmmmmmm?

That’s what I thought!

No worries, The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is once again here to help you out via the magic of instructional video. So just take a few minutes, sit back, relax, and let the always hilarious Dr. Emmett W. Montgomery explain to you The Basic Know-How of The Walking Dead.

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10 Quotes From Robert Kirkman and The Walking Dead

Robert Kirkman loves zombies and swearing. Here at The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, we also love zombies and swearing. (Hey kids, don’t swear in front of your moms. Moms hate swearing!)

Check out our very carefully curated collection of Robert Kirkman quotes below. Many include either zombies, or swearing, or both!

Then, come to our show on October 30th at the Fremont Abbey featuring original music inspired by Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.

 *designs by Travis Young


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Bookshelf Report: B Is For Bayonet and Bibliophile

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader invites us into their home and shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

Dan Johnston is a long time Bushwick fan. And now here he is on the Bookshelf Report to share with you his incredible book collection — fulfilling his life long dream of being interviewed by the Bushwick Book Club Seattle (no joke, Dan actually said this. (UPDATE: Dan did not actually say this. What he said was that his lifelong dream was to be interviewed by the BBC. Whoops! My bad) ).


F1 – mostly fiction

How do you organize your books?

I have a shelf of To-Read-Next, and a shelf of All-Time-Favorites. Other than that, they’re loosely corralled into fiction and non-fiction, and graphic novels are pretty much separate, but there’s so much overflow that all sections are usually pretty intermingled. I like how they organically mix themselves up over time, so I prefer not to organize them much beyond that, except to put books by the same author together.

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Poster Inspired by The Walking Dead

Bushwick’s next big event is fast approaching. On Thursday October 30th at the Fremont Abbey we will be presenting original music inspired by Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. I assure you it will be amazingly fun night — I’m giving you the Mike Votava guarantee!

You can get tickets to the event here!

To help spread the word, Travis Young put together this incredible The Walking Dead event poster. A small amount of FREE prints of this design will be available at the show for you to take home. And yes, that zombie is wearing a PBR hat.


Bookshelf Report: Crates and More Crates of Books

The Bookshelf Report is an ongoing series where a Bushwick reader invites us into their home and shares a little bit about the books that occupy their shelves.

Today’s bookshelf belongs to Bushwick volunteer extraordinaire Hollie Young. If you have ever been to a Bushwick event there is no doubt that you have seen her there rocking out. Also, you may remember that Hollie’s book collection has been featured on the Bookshelf Report before, but since she actually HAS a bookshelf now, I thought it would be nice to feature it again.

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How do you organize your books?

First thing first… our lovely collections of books are conveniently stored in wine crates flipped on their sides. We have a rather long wall in our living room we have stacked the crates against. Funny thing, our books are respectively divided by “his” and “hers” (my husband’s and mine.) From there, my books are separated into different categories and genres. For instance, I have a section for old text books (which are not accessed all that often so they are on the bottom of the shelving unit), a section for children’s books, a section for horror mystery and the macabre, a few sections of “good reads” (which include several Bushwick books!), and a couple sections featuring authors I love.

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5 Books 10 Year-Olds Probably Shouldn’t Read

Last week was Banned Books Week and a good time to reflect on how the tiniest of offended sensibilities turn people into moralistic monsters that believe they are saving humanity by plucking The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the shelf. All sorts of nonsense happens when people get in it in their heads that they are doing something “for the children.” Last week we got to revolt against the high-minded book-banning enemy, fly our freak flags, and advocate for the younger versions of our weird little selves. Let kids read what they want, we rallied!

Why did the Riverside Unified School District ban The Fault in Our Stars? They claimed it was because they didn’t want “kids dealing with their own mortality” but we all know it was about the sex. Everything is always about sex. And in this case it’s pretty ridiculous, considering that the sex in the book is just a do-you-want-to-yes-okay-now-fade-into-black-next-chapter-it’s-morning-and-look-at-the-beautiful-sun-do-I-look-different?


It came to me today that there actually are some books that might not be super cool for highly impressionable 10 year-olds. There might be some things that are better left for an older, wiser reader who has already, let’s say, figured out that her math teacher was a pervert when he reached out and caressed her bare leg as she stood next to his desk collecting her homework assignment. We can’t stop children from being introduced to the evils of the world, but some things can maybe just be introduced a bit later. There are at least five things I think we probably shouldn’t let 10 year-olds read:

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