One of the really fun parts of Closer to the Ground being selected for Timberland Regional Library’s community reads program was the music. TRL commissioned the Bushwick Book Club to write some original music “inspired by” the book. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first–it’s kind of a weird thought to have something you’ve written turned into music–but then, at the first event in Tumwater, Geoff, Moe, Wes and Aimee took the stage and played their songs. Great musicians, fun songs, and lots of toe-tapping going on. If you haven’t already, click on the songs in the player above to hear what they came up with.
My favorite part of their performance was when the musicians talked through the process of writing the songs. Each band member read a short piece of the book, then actually demonstrated how they came up with the music by playing their instruments. When the second song came up, the band even got the normally reserved book audience to sing along.
Too much fun! The music brought more life to a book event than I ever imagined possible, and I found myself tapping my toes and singing along, too. Thanks, Bushwick Book Club. I hope we can work together in the future.
Hello Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason and Lewis Counties! Just another heads up on some talks/readings I’m going to give as part of Closer to the Ground being selected for the Timberland Reads Together program. I think these are going to be a lot of fun:
Tumwater Library, 6:00pm Wednesday, October 1st.
Aberdeen Timberland Library, 2:00pm, Thursday, October 2nd.
Belfair Timberland Library, 6:30pm, Thursday, October 2nd.
Centralia Timberland Library, 2:30pm, Saturday, October 4th.
I will be talking, reading, showing a little slideshow, answering questions and signing books. Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in person. Come on out! Hope you are all well.
I am honored to have Closer to the Ground chosen by the Timberland Regional Library System as a Timberland Reads Together book for 2014. It’s humbling to look at the list of recent books and authors chosen for this great community reads program, and to join them is pretty awesome. Better yet, they’re putting together a series of fun events at several branches, where I will talk and read, sign books, answer questions and show some slides. They’ve even commissioned the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle to write some music “inspired by” Closer to the Ground. Here are the times/dates:
October 1st, 2014: Tumwater Library, 6:00pm.
October 2nd, 2014: Aberdeen Timberland Library, 2:00pm.
October 2nd, 2014: North Mason Timberland Library in Belfair, 6:30pm.
October 4th, 2014: Centralia Timberland Library, 2:30pm.
For more information click HERE. If you can make it, please come on out. I think we’ll have a great time. Hope you are well.
I’m honored that the Timberland Regional Library system has selected Closer to the Ground for it’s 2014 Timberland Reads Together community reading program. TRL’s main branch is in Olympia, WA, but they also have 27 branches covering five counties across Southwest Washington. From what I hear, they put on a fantastic community book program. For the announcement and information, click HERE.
To kick the whole thing off, I will be in several different TRL branches to read from and talk about the book during the first week of October. They’re also going to have the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle writing and performing original music “inspired by” Closer to the Ground (No joke…these guys are serious!) along with various other events, discussions and programming. I will update this once the dates, times and locations are squared away.
So…if you live in Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Pacific or Grays Harbor counties, or happen to be nearby in early October, come on out to one of the TRL events. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.