The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is not your run-of-the-mill book club.
The Bushwick Book Club Seattle delivers literature, music, and songwriting to the Seattle community while building the next generation of musicians and readers.
We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
The Bushwick Book Club started in 2009 in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Founder Susan Hwang gathered a group of musicians at Goodbye Blue Monday on Broadway to deliver music inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. Geoff Larson was living in the city at the time, was blown away by the event. He asked if he could open a chapter in Seattle, and the rest is history! Now there are chapters in Brooklyn, Seattle, New Orleans, Malmo, Toronto and more…
The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is a group of musicians dedicated to sharing our combined passion for both music and reading with the Seattle community and beyond. With each performance, a book is chosen which is read by our talented Bushwick artists who then write original music inspired by the book they just read. The audience is encouraged to read the featured book and participate in the events as well. By producing these unique, one of a kind musical literary events we hope to increase awareness in literature and song writing, while at the same time remind people (young and old) that reading can and should be a regular part of their daily lives.
Additionally, the Bushwick Book Club Seattle offers youth programs working on critical thinking and songwriting skills.
The Bushwick Book Club Seattle Programs
Every month Bushwick performs original music inspired by a book for a live audience. Books have included Pride and Prejudice, A Wrinkle in Time, Slaughterhouse-Five and so many more. Bushwick encourages the audience to join in reading the book in order to connect with the performers in a way not often seen on stage. Everyone in the room knows and understands the source material, creating an experience like no other!
In school educational programs are important to Bushwick! Our education program, known as STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education), offers 1 – 5 day programs available for in school music and reading workshops. We work with grades K -12 and our objective is to develop programs around books that are already in the teacher’s curriculum. This gives teachers an option to take a different approach at needed material. We focus on the Common Core State Standards adopted by 48 of 50 states, and The 21st Century Skills. This is a fantastic way to get music back into our schools. Visit the STYLE website to learn more about our educational program – learningwithstyle.com
We offer free recording time to our wonderful performers. We want to support our musicians as much as possible and what better way to that than by offering them free in-studio recording time. The recording process is expensive yet essential to showing your music to the world. Musicians have the opportunity to record their Bushwick tunes and be a part of Bushwick’s radio interview project. They have full ability to use these recordings in any way they choose and Bushwick will do its part to make sure our artists get heard. Supporting the arts is one of our top priorities.