Like songs? Like books? How about songs about books?

The Fremont Abbey Arts Center will host the concert premiere of Songs About Books, TOMORROW NIGHT, August 19, at 8:00PM (doors open at 7PM). The five participating songwriters, organized by Levi Fuller and funded by a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, were invited to participate in this most recent quarterly compilation album from Ball of Wax. The local songwriters each wrote and recorded songs inspired by specific books, culminating in a performance and a 15-song CD.

Paul Constant, The Stranger’s Books Editor, was given the task to assign a book to each of the songwriters involved.  In his recent Stranger article, “The Books Behind the Music,” he states, he “wanted the assigned books to play to each musician’s strengths but also stretch their comfort zones a little bit, too. Reading is a collaboration between the author and the reader, and so these songs, at best, would be duets across years and mediums.” Read more about his decision process and interaction with the musicians here.

The participating songwriters and their books:

Alex Guy (Led to Sea): Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
Levi Fuller: Bluets, by Maggie Nelson
Johanna Kunin (Bright Archer): Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Matt Ruff
Joshua Morrison: The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt.

Fremont Abbey Arts Center is a vibrant community venue where people of all ages and incomes are supported in their artistic and social development through new collaborative arts experiences. Concert attendees of this event will receive a FREE Ball of Wax CD featuring the 15 performed songs (the CD will be available for sale after the date of the concert). Tickets are $12 in advance via Stranger Tickets (before noon tomorrow) or $15 at the door.

If you can’t make this performance, don’t let this hamper your quest for combining songs and books. Join the Henry Art Gallery in Shelf Life for an encore of Songs About Books on Friday, September 9, 2011, 5-7PM. This event is FREE with museum admission. We invite you to attend a lo-fi/acoustic recap of this performance at the Henry in an environment built expressly for the enjoyment of books.

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