We are open for browsing!


We made a sign so I guess it's official! We are now open for browsing in-store. Mask-up, bring fewer than 3 friends, and enjoy browsing.

We are sticking to our limited hours of 11am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday and 12-4 Sunday for now, and we are still offering pickup or $4 shipping for books we post. Email us with orders or inquiries.

Stay safe, friends!

We are open for curbside pickup!



Hello friends!
We have now established regular shop hours for window-shopping and curbside pickup only.
We are here for you Tuesday through Sunday, 11-3pm.

Although we miss having you in the shop to browse and chat, we are not prepared to fully open just yet.
We will continue posting great and odd books and records to Instagram for purchase, and we are still accepting orders and inquiries for pickup and shipping at brickbatbooks@gmail.com. stay safe!

eGift Cards available!

Brickbat Gift Card

You may now purchase a Gift Card for Brickbat Books online!

Redeemable by emailing brickbatbooks@gmail.com with your redeem code and book requests, or by giving us the code in-person for purchases once the shop reopens.

Thanks very much for your continued support!  Follow us on Instagram for our latest offerings.

We are closed for a little while


We are closed for the time-being, but follow our Instagram for books available for shipping or curbside pickup. $4 flat fee shipping for all book orders. Email us at brickbatbooks@gmail.com with any inquiries. Keep safe, all!

Charming illustration by Allan Kausch, as seen in THE ARTHRITIC GRASSHOPPER: COLLECTED STORIES, 1934–1944 by Gisèle Prassinos from Wakefield Press, 2017.

POSTPONED: Friday, March 13th: Susan Alcorn / Emily Robb

This event is postponed until  the fall.  Stay safe, everyone!

Friday, March 13th, 7:00pm
Open Mouth Records Presents:
Susan Alcorn & Emily Robb

Susan Alcorn
One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.

Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, the London Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burtm Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others.

In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award, and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, she was the recipient of the Instant Award in Improvised Music.

The UK Guardian writes, “As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.”
Her latest release Soledad is available from Relative Pitch Records
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Emily Robb
a Philadelphia based musician who works predominantly with guitar. She has recently begun performing as a solo act. Her repetitive and primal song forms are created through loops, pedals, and basic vocal phrases. Emily collaborates with several other musicians and records at her studio in South Philadelphia, Suddenly Studios. Her previous bands include Lantern, Myrrias, Louie Louie, Storks and Cold Hands. Astute Palate, her band with David Nance, Dan Provenzano and Richie Charles, has an album forthcoming on the Richie Records/Petty Bunco label.

$10 suggested
byo drinks & snax
doors at 7, music at 8