Sunday at 8 pm, it's time for this month's edition of The Bushwick Book Club. If you haven't attended Bushwick Bookclub, here's my take on the first one, and superstar books intern Anna Minard's account of November's show. But in here's the brief pitch: A collection of local songwriters gather to perform original music written in response to a particular book.
This Sunday will be a special treat: They're reading a book by a hyper-controversial author who's on The New York Times bestseller list right now. One professor is in the news for bowdlerizing this author's work, saying it's too offensive for young audiences. Brendan Kiley thinks he's one of the greatest American writers. The New Yorker thinks his new book is boring. The author is Mark Twain, and the book the Bushwick Book Club is responding to this time is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
Perhaps because of its science-fictional spin, Connecticut isn't as roundly adored by critics as some of Twain's other work. But it remains a popular favorite for a reason: It's a great read, as satirical in its own way as Gulliver's Travels, but as adventurous as the best of H.G. Wells. You can get a free copy of the e-book over at Google Books. It's a great choice for the Bushwick Book Club: You should expect songs about time-travel, about knighthood, about invention, and about progress. It will be fun, and it will be interesting. You should go.