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 Event: August 16

Miriam Gershow talks about Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore.

About Who Will Run the Frog Hospital:

In this moving, poignant novel by the bestselling author of Birds of America we share a grown woman’s bittersweet nostalgia for the wildness of her youth. The summer Berie was fifteen, she and her best friend Sils had jobs at Storyland in upstate New York where Berie sold tickets to see the beautiful Sils portray Cinderella in a strapless evening gown. They spent their breaks smoking, joking, and gossiping. After work they followed their own reckless rules, teasing the fun out of small town life, sleeping in the family station wagon, and drinking borrowed liquor from old mayonnaise jars. But no matter how wild, they always managed to escape any real danger—until the adoring Berie sees that Sils really does need her help—and then everything changes.

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!

August 16th

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


September 20

Eliot Treichel – Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

October 18

 Michael Copperman – Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

November 15

Bill Cameron – All the Rage by Courtney Summers


About Miriam Gershow: 
Miriam Gershow is a novelist and short story writer. She reads fanatically, though increasingly selectively. She lives in Eugene with her husband, son and charmingly ill-behaved cat. She is at work on her next novel. Learn more about Miriam Gershow at

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