Literary Event of the Week: Word Play at Hugo House

Every year, two local organizations — Seattle7Writers and Bushwick Book Club — come together to do what they do best. For Seattle7Writers, that means presenting some of the best writing in the city. For Bushwick Book Club, that means local musicians transforming great literature into new music.

This Saturday, Word Play brings three local writers together with nine local musicians at Hugo House to create new music. The three authors are:

Laurie Frankel, who I noted in her novel This Is How It Always Is "clearly loves her characters, and is rooting for them to succeed. That gives the book a charm that makes it very hard to put down."

In my review, I said that Anca Szilágyi’s debut novel Daughters of the Air "feels as real and as insistent as the vein pulsing just over your right eye."

And Oliver de la Paz calls Michael Schmeltzer's poetry collection Blood Song a "startling debut" which "is filled with a tenderness capable of turning us to tinder."

On their event page, Bushwick Book Club doesn't say which musicians will participate in the event, and that's a shame.

But whoever musically interprets the books has got some great material to work with: a dark fairy-tale story of a young woman trying to make her way in the world, a story of a loving family trying to help their child be who she is deep down, and a collection of poems from one of our most promising poets. When you're working from that kind of literary source material, you're bound to make some beautiful music.

Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030,, 7:30 pm, $10.