Reading Like a Writer

It’s Wine on Wednesday with a twist! We’re moving to the beautiful Shelton McMurphey Johnson House with an inspiring new speaker series.

Each month, a professional writer will discuss a book that’s meaningful to them both as a reader and a writer. They’ll share their favorite character moments and passages and all the things they love or find challenging. Then they’ll tease apart elements of craft that inspire them, whether it’s the witty dialogue, how place serves to push characters to the brink, or the masterful interweave of plot and theme. They’ll open up the discussion for everyone to share at the end.Read ahead so you can share what you love, or just come to enjoy the talk and discover great new books and writers!

Inaugural Event: June 21st

Melissa Hart talks about Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynne Haupt!

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

Two centuries later, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer.

In Mozart’s Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history’s most cherished composers and one of earth’s most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart’s beloved pet and Haupt’s own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart’s Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

New location! Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette

Third Wednesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 pm

Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol)

Free and open to the public (suggested donation $5)


A whole summer of Reading Like a Writer!

June 21st

Melissa Hart talks about MOZART’S STARLING by Lyanda Lynn Haupt


July 19th

Cidney Swanson talks about DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor


August 16th

Miriam Gershow talks about WHO WILL RUN THE FROG HOSPITAL by Lorrie Moore

 

 

 

 

About Melissa

Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family, and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. She’s a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. Website: www.melissahart.com.

This book club is a collaboration of Wordcrafters in Eugene and the Shelton McMurphy Johnson House.