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 the newest member of the Bushwick Staff — producer Christine Hale. Christine brings a ton of experience and expertise in live event production to the Bushwick team and we are absolutley thrilled to be working with her. She also likes books, a lot (obviously).
How do you organize your books?
By my personal definition of type — Some of my categories include: classics, unread non-fiction, plays, fantasy, travel, and cookbooks.
Be honest. What percentage of the books on this shelf have you actually read?
Most actually. probably 80%. When I was little my mom would never let me get all the books I wanted, but I’d always go home with at least one. I’ve stuck by that rule so I don’t end up with a million books I’ve never read.
What’s your favorite book on the shelf?
Gah! So many good ones I can’t choose. But I will. Today it would be Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island. He has this uncanny ability to make you feel like you are great friends and this was the first book I ever read by him.
What book do you plan on reading?
The Walking Dead Volume 1 —I am a huge fan of the show and my friend David has been trying to get me into the graphic novels for a long time. Now that I am helping produce Bushwick’s October show, original music inspired by The Walking Dead, I have to get on board and I am excited.
What is the story behind that spooky white Halloween looking mask?
It’s from Sleep No More. A fantastic interactive show in NYC. It’s Macbeth with a Hitchcock twist and takes place over 5 floors of an old hotel. No one speaks, not the actors or audience, and you have to wear that mask while you are in the performance. It is my favorite thing to do in New York. If you go (and you should), my one piece of advice is eat the candy.
I see you have a couple Shel Silverstein books on the bottom shelf. What’s your favorite Silverstein poem?
Listen to the Mustn’ts. Ever since I was a kid it has given me the strength to push though times of failure, disappointment, or doubt.
Thanks, Christine! That Sleep No More show sounds pretty weird.
For those of you keeping score at home, if you would like to showoff your book collection on the Bookshelf Report I highly encourage you to contact me immediately. I’m the guy who could make that happen for you. I know people…