Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Event: Marcellus Hall

Thursday, May 24th at 7pm
Brickbat Books:

Marcellus Hall
Music & Book Signing

Musician and New Yorker illustrator Marcellus Hall debuts his graphic novel, Kaleidoscope City, with music, q&a, slideshow & books!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Series!

Saturday May 5th at 7pm
Brickbat Books:

The Hugely Popular Series Presents: 
Mark Scroggins
Jessica Smith
Stan Mir 

Mark Scroggins
Mark Scroggins's volumes of poetry are ANARCHY (2003), TORTURE GARDEN: NAKED CITY PASTORELLES (2011), and RED ARCADIA (2012); PRESSURE DRESSING is forthcoming. He has published two volumes of essays and reviews, critical monographs on the British fantasist Michael Moorcock and the American poet Louis Zukofsky, and a full-length critical biography of Zukofsky. He is currently editing a selection of the erotic poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne.

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith, Founding Editor of Foursquare and name magazines and Coven Press, teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the author of numerous chapbooks including TRAUMA MOUTH (Dusie 2015) and THE LOVER IS ABSENT (above/ground press, 2017) and two full-length books of poetry, ORGANIC FURNITURE CELLAR (Outside Voices 2006) and LIFE-LIST (Chax Press 2015).

Stan Mir
Stan Mir is the author of two books of poetry, SONG & GLASS (Subito, 2010) and THE LACUSTRINE SUITE (2011). His poetry and criticism has appeared in Asian American Literary Review, Hyperallergic Weekend, Jacket2, and Seedings. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Temple University. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Event: Willie Lane & Overt Hostility

Friday, April 13th at 7pm
Brickbat Books:

Willie Lane & Overt Hostility

Folk/raga stringed incandescence from the hearty New England wilds.

OVERT HOSTILITY (debut performance!)
American guitar crud free from the shackles of taste and restraint.

$5-$7 donation

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Event: Anna McGlynn & Hannah Kaplan Comic Book Release Party

Saturday, April 7th at 7pm
Brickbat Books:
Anna McGlynn & Hannah Kaplan

Join Anna McGlynn and Hannah Kaplan for a reading of new comics they wrote together, but separately. Comics and zines for sale! Food and drink served!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Event: The White Chalk Of Days Book Release & Reading

Friday, March 16th at 7PM
Brickbat Books:

The White Chalk Of Days Book Release & Reading

Please join Columbia University's Mark Andryczyk, present the release of The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Anthology (Academic Studies Press, 2017).

The anthology presents translations of literary works that imaginatively engage pivotal issues in today’s Ukraine and express its tribulations and jubilations.

Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays by fifteen Ukrainian writers, the anthology offers English-language readers a wide array of the most beguiling literature written in Ukraine in the past fifty years.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Series Returns!

Saturday February 3rd at 7pm
Brickbat Books:

The Hugely Popular Series Presents:
Jenn McCreary
Orchid Tierney
Amanda Silberling

Jenn McCreary is a Philadelphia poet. She serves as president of the board of directors for Small Press Traffic, a San Francisco-based nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to provide a local and national platform for experimental writing. She is also the author of three books of poetry, several chapbooks, and in 2013 was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts.

Orchid Tierney is from New Zealand-Aotearoa, currently residing in Philadelphia. Her chapbooks include Brachiation (Dunedin: GumTree Press, 2012) and The World in Small Parts (Chicago: Dancing Girl Press, 2012), and a full length sound translation of the Book of Margery Kempe, Earsay (TrollThread, 2016). Other work has appeared in Bathhouse Journal, Pacific Literary Review, Empty Mirror and elsewhere. She co-edits Supplement, an annual anthology on Philadelphia writing.

Amanda Silberling will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania this spring and is generally nervous about that. An interdisciplinary text-based artist, her poems and not-poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Paper Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Reality Beach, decomP, and others. Her first film "We're Here, We're Present: Women in Punk" debuted this summer on VICE. For more info, visit

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Event: Mark Fosson & Laura Baird

Saturday, January 13th at 7:30
Brickbat Books:

Mark Fosson
Laura Baird

While the sheer virtuosity of ‘Solo Guitar’ is certainly a large part of its charm, more important is Fosson’s ability to weave memorable and articulate melodies. Without a clear sense of direction, solo instrumentation can risk meandering somewhat – but not here. There’s a clear sense of focus throughout the album, Fosson casting a very particular spell with the moody atmospherics of ‘The Creeper’, ‘Noodlin On The East Fork’ likewise boasting a vibrant sense of forward-motion and energy.
‘Solo Guitar’ is a really well crafted record – it’s well balanced and it never struggles to keep the attention of its listeners. It’s an album that confirms Mark Fosson to be technically equal to many of the genre’s biggest names and, likewise, he has no trouble in directing that ability into charming, well thought-out pieces which slot together to create a great album in ‘Solo Guitar’.
...unequivocally proves that he’s a guitarist that should, by rights, be mentioned in the same breath as genre-overlords like Fahey and Kottke.
Martin Leitch - GIGSOUP - July 23, 2017

Fosson has dexterity to spare. His instrumental style is akin to his early mentor, the American “primitive” guitarist John Fahey, to whose label, Takoma Records, he first recorded in 1976. From then to now, critical appreciation and commercial appeal have run in parallel, and while the fittingly titled Solo Guitar won’t change that, it is nonetheless a breath of fresh air to hear such crystal-clear, fluid and agile guitar playing.
Tony Clayton-Lea - IRISH TIMES - 27 July 2017 

"With a musical timeline dating back to her early childhood, Laura
Baird is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist and
singer-songwriter, best known for her projects with her sister, Meg,
as The Baird Sisters, and guitarist Glenn Jones. Baird’s own sound
stems from the Appalachian folk tradition, and she connects to it via
family lineage--her great-great uncle I.G. Greer’s folk recordings for
the Library of Congress are a large influence. Also woven into her
sonic influences are classical composers like Bach and Satie, and
modern day musicians such as Opal and Yo La Tengo."

"For her upcoming debut solo album, I Wish I Were A Sparrow, Baird
plays odes to the tradition from which she learned to play, combining
Appalachian balladry, the roughness of old field recordings, and a
dose of dreaminess and solitude that captures the distinct environment
of sleepy central New Jersey. This is where Baird departs from
tradition, leaving the communal origins of folk music and capturing
the singular self. An amalgam of old and new can be found in the
overall sound, as well as the lyrics, with half of the songs on
Sparrow, including "Dreadful Wind and Rain" and "Pretty Polly", being
passed down from the folk tradition, and the other half, including
"Wind Wind "and "Love Song From The Earth To The Moon" coming from
Baird’s own hand. While the most salient part of her last Baird
Sisters project was the melding of familial voices and various
instruments, Baird’s solo effort is centered around the combination of
her virtuosic banjo playing and prominent but airy vocals."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Event: Closed for the Snow.

Brickbat is closed today, Thursday, January 4th.
 We will reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 5th at 11am.