May 26, 2015

Local Musicians Perform at Albany Public Library on May 27 as Part of “Reading Music” Features Tom McWatters as Inspired by Philip K. Dick

ALBANY, NY—Albany Public Library fuses reading and music for an interesting book talk/performance by local singer/songwriter Tom McWatters on Wednesday, May 27, from 7 to 9 pm at the Washington Avenue Branch.

McWatters, and special guests, perform original songs inspired by the work of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. Part book discussion and part music performance, this event is a unique opportunity to delve deeper into Dick’s works of science fiction, while learning about the songwriting process from one of Albany’s finest singer/songwriters.

Dick published close to 50 novels and well over 120 short stories during his career. A number of his stories were turned into movies, including “Blade Runner” and “Total Recall.” A selection of the Dick’s work is available to borrow from the Washington Avenue Branch circulation desk. The program is geared toward people ages 18 and older.

The “Reading Music” series takes place three to four times a year at the Washington Avenue Branch, and always features original compositions performed by local musicians who were inspired by authors. The next installment is scheduled for Aug. 26 and features musician Gail Sparlin as inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.

For more information about the program, please call the library at 427-4349.


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