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!

Next Meeting: August 15

August 15 – Danuta Pfeiffer discusses The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
The Da Vinci CodeAbout The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown:
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci…clues visible for all to see…and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. The Louvre curator has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory’s most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic, hidden for centuries.
In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei—a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory’s secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory’s secret—and a stunning historical truth—will be lost forever.
In an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit, symbologist Robert Langdon (first introduced in Dan Brown’s bestselling Angels & Demons) is the most original character to appear in years. The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable…right up to its astonishing conclusion.
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)

September 19 – B.A. Brock discusses The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

October 17 – Gina Oshner discusses Tinkers by Paul Harding.

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

Sponsored in part by


Danuta PfeifferAbout the speaker:
Danuta Pfeiffer is the author of Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine, which has earned the Eric Hoffer Finalist Award, Readers’ Favorite International for Drama, a TEDx Talk, and C-Span recognition among others.
She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Communications and Journalism with a minor in Philosophy. She is a community activist, the author of three books, a motivational speaker, downhill skier and a long distance bicycle rider. Danuta and her husband Robin own Pfeiffer Winery in Oregon where they enjoy making and sharing their fine wine with friends year round. Visit her online at and follow her Facebook Fans of Danuta Pfeiffer

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

Sponsored in part by Lane Arts Council and the City of Eugene.