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Welcome! You have found the BookHouse, home of the Eastern Monroe Public Library's series of cultural programs. Programs generally take place on the fourth Friday of each month, except for August and December. Admission is free, and refreshments are available for a modest charge.

The intention of the BookHouse is to provide a venue for literary and musical events that are outside of the commercial and literary mainstream. Suggestions are always welcome. To suggest a BookHouse performer, or to sign up for monthly email reminders on upcoming programs, send email to: bookhouse@monroepl.org

Doors will open at 7 p.m. the night of each event, and the performance will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Please plan to arrive before the scheduled starting time. All BookHouse programs are free and open to the public. The BookHouse program takes place in the Edinger Community Room of Eastern Monroe Public Library, located at 1002 North 9th Street (Rt. 611 and Chipperfield Drive) in Stroudsburg. For more information call (570) 421-0800, x312.

Bookhouse would like to introduce you to the Friends of the EMPL and their cultural activities.  The Friends, a not-for-profit organization, is best known for their giant Annual June Book Sale. Click here for 2013 cultural events schedule.

The Bookhouse is not affiliated with the Friends of EMPL but is pleased to present a wonderful friend to our community.”

Upcoming BookHouse Events

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Edinger Community Room at Hughes Library.

BOOKHOUSE proudly presents:

 Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Mustard’s Retreat ( David Tamulevich and Michael Hough), met in Ann Arbor, MI in
1974, as short order cooks, both on hiatus from their studies at the University of Michigan.
Discovering a mutual interest in music/writing and performing, they put together 3 songs
one day after work, and took them to the legendary Ark coffeehouse’s open mike night.
They were a big hit, and, on the spot, were invited back to do a 45 minute set 2 weeks later.
Within a year and a half they had both quit the restaurant and were doing music full time.
37 years later, they have 9 highly acclaimed recordings of their own, plus 2 more CDs with
their songwriting collective, The Yellow Room Gang. Mustard’s Retreat has performed
more than 4,000 shows over those years, traveled more than 1 million miles and in doing
so, have earned a dedicated and loyal following, many of whom have been coming to hear
them since the 1970s. Michael and David joke on stage about attracting people “with long
attention spans”, but it is what Mustard’s Retreat gives them that turns audiences into such
loyal fans.

"They are so warm and friendly and giving on stage, completely in touch with their
audience,"   said Tom Paxton, a folk music star for more than 40 years. "There are no
barriers at all, and you just love to watch that and be part of it. But the thing that strikes me
about them from Jump Street - and that makes it all work so well - is that their time is so
tight.  Michael is such a wonderful, simple bass player; his time is just flawless. And that's
why  two guys can move you musically the way they do - they have a gorgeous sense of
time and tempo, a real musicality to what they do. They're nice guys on stage and
entertaining  as hell, but there's also music in them."

While both Tamulevich and Hough are grounded in the early traditional 60s folk music
boom,  they also were influenced by the songwriters of that time, and their shows represent
an  eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling. “We have never
performed  the same show twice,” says Tamulevich, “Each night is its own unique moment,
unique  audience. For us, that is the exciting thing, the magic: to craft a shared experience
and leave people entertained and moved…and with moments and songs they will take away
with them and remember, ponder, rediscover; hopefully for years to come.” Many of those
moments  are the result of their well-respected and broad body of original material, written
both individually and together. “We take our writing very seriously.” says Tamulevich, “No
matter if it is a serious or humorous song.

Those memorable songs have been a hallmark of Mustard’s Retreat from the first. The
spooky,  Mallon’s Bridge, that tells the story of a haunted bridge in Ireland and the midnight
encounter that takes place there, has been a staple of Folk radio on Halloween since it first
came out in the early 1980s. There’s A Dance Tonight celebrates love and community, the
poignant   Part of Me Remembers, the humorous Michigan Mosquitoes, the anthemic ( Ours
is a) Simple Faith and Gather the Family…to the insightful and powerful Pay the Toll….all
and more have received extensive airplay and many have been covered by other singers.
“And it is still new, fresh, exciting….and fun” concludes Tamulevich. “We still really
enjoy all of this: the writing and the performing. Audiences let us know that they enjoy it as
well. They have taken our music and made it a part of their lives: that is the ultimate compliment, and as long as they want to see us, we plan to keep performing.”

Doors to the BookHouse, will open at 7PM. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Refreshments will be available for a small charge. Please plan to arrive prior to the scheduled starting time. All Bookhouse programs take place in the Edinger Community Room of the Hughes Building, Eastern Monroe Public Library, located at 1002 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg.  For more information, please call Linnae Cintron at 570-421-0800 x312.


The BookHouse 2014

Najwa Parkins & the  After Hours Trio - Jazz - May 16th
Clipper Erickson - Pianist - June 20th
Peter Gumbo & The Hot Peppers - New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Jazz Classics - July 25th
Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich & Michael Hough)  -–  Folk musicians - Sept. 19th
Musical Duo “Sage”  (Phil Carollo & Maria Pennello) - Rock/Blues/Pop  - Oct. 17th

Take a look at our Photograph Gallery of past BookHouse events.

Connect to the webpages of some of our past BookHouse performers using the links below:

Saycon Sengbloh

Joe Lutton and Lee Morgan

Too Human

The Homegrown String Band

Maxwell Kofi Donkor & Sankofa

Silk City

Najwa Parkins

Peter Biedermann

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Four Shillings Short

Tom & Sandy Doyle

Toby Walker

Judy Cook

last updated July 30, 2014