Event: JP Cashla, Maryan Captan, & Philip Mittereder

Saturday, December 2nd at 7pm

JP Cashla
Maryan Captan
Philip Mittereder

Please join poets JP Cashla, Maryan Captan and the incomparable Philip Mittereder at a  reading and launch party for Cashla’s 2nd collection Blister on December 2nd at Brickbat Books from 7PM-9PM.  All three poets will be featured and alcohol will be served free of charge to anyone over 21.

All proceeds for the sale of Blister will go to the Baltimore Chesapeake Rugby Foundation for the benefit of Baltimore’s inner city youth.

Event: Laura Baird Record Release!

Sunday, October 22nd at 7pm
Brickbat Books:

Laura Baird 
Record Release Party! 

Stop by to celebrate the release of Laura's first solo album on Ba Da Bing Records!
We'll have refreshments, copies of the new record, and Laura will be playing selections from her new record, I Wish I Was A Sparrow. Admission is free.

"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."

Event: Smuggling Ukraine Westward, with Andriy Lyubka

SUNDAY, OCT 15th at 5PM


Andriy Lyubka was born in 1987 in Riga, Latvia. He completed degrees in Ukrainian Philology at Uzhhorod University (2009) and in Balkan Studies at the University of Warsaw (2014). He is the author of three books of poetry – Eight Months of Schizophrenia (2007), TERRORISM (2008), and Forty Bucks Plus Tip (2009) - and four books of prose – KILLER: A Collection of Stories (2012), Sleeping with Women (2014), Carbide (2015), A Room for Sorrow (2016) and Saudade (2017). His writings have been translated into Polish, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Romanian, Turkish and German. Mr. Lyubka also works as a translator, having published several translations from Polish, Serbian and English into Ukrainian. He is a columnist for Radio LibertyDen and Zbruch. Mr. Lyubka has been a curator for the literary festivals Kyivski Lavry and Meridian Czernowitz and has been writer-in-residence at cultural institutes in Poland, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Sweden and Austria. He lives in Uzhhorod.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at marcos17@yahoo.com

Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Series: Joanna C. Valente, Chris McCreary, Matthew Landis

Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm
Brickbat Books:  
The Hugely Popular Poetry Series: 
Joanna C. Valente, Chris McCreary, Matthew Landis 

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Sexting the Dead (Unknown Press, 2017) & Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes, Poetry and the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, BUST, Spork Press, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente


Chris McCreary's most recent book is [ neüro / mäntic ] (Furniture Press 2014). A chapbook of poems co-written w/ Mark Lamoureux, Dictionnaire Infernal, is forthcoming from Empty Set Press.

Matthew Landis in Philadelphia. He is a poet, a musician, and a scholar. He is a member of the World/Inferno Friendship Society. He has two cats. He almost died once. Ask him about it sometime. He co-wrote RAINN with Amy Silbergeld and has a book forthcoming based on the 1st draft of the Blade Runner script. It's called So You Want to Build a Bridge? Keep an eye out

Event: Koyama Press: Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle and Noel Freibert Book Signing

Wednesday September 20th at 7pm
Brickbat Books: 
A Koyama Press Book Signing
Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle and Noel Freibert 



Join an oneiric odyssey through a slacker second life.

Reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.

CONNOR WILLUMSEN is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Stanley Kubrick’s The KillingHe has self-published a number of zines and comics and Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island in 2013 and 2014 respectively.


Collecting a cornucopia of short comics by one of the medium’s most inventive artists.

A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don't Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.


Sam Beckett and Sam Raimi intersect in an outsider art graveyard.

A cemetery so old that the names on the graves have eroded into nothing and no one remembers the dead is razed to make room for a retirement home for folks who’ve also been forgotten. Ambience and slapstick combine as an absurd cast of characters inhabits and haunts the home.

NOEL FREIBERT currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He is the editor of WEIRD Magazine and was a member of the influential comics group Closed Caption Comics. His work has been shown internationally and is featured in the book collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Event: Meghan Turbitt & Beth Heinly Book Signing

Thursday, July 27th 
Brickbat Books: 

Meghan Turbitt & Beth Heinly
Book Signing

Come celebrate w/ us at our favorite book store!!! We had so much fun last summer debuting CAMP (Beth) & Philadelphia Sketchbook (Meghan) we wanted to do it again ***New*** self-published comics from Meghan Turbitt & Beth Heinly.

Meghan will be debuting a new celebrity advice lifestyle book, "How to Eat Chips" along with some limited edition PRINTS.

Beth will be debuting "The Deaf Neighbors" an autobio inspired murder mystery horror story which parodies True Crime television.
Not done drawing it yet - will be a lengthly read tho for sure.

There will be refreshments and a ~highly curated~ chip buffet for the event + giant bubbles.

Event: Erik Bader & Allen Crawford Read!

Friday, July 14th  at 7pm
Brickbat Books 

Erik Bader & Allen Crawford Read!

Erik Bader reads the final chapter of his recently completed novel.

Allen Crawford reads selections from his new work-in-progress.

Endings. Beginnings. Last Kind Words.

Free admission. Free adult beverages with 21+ ID.

This is your kind of night.

Event: Francesco Pacifico

Thursday, June 8th at 7:30pm
Brickbat Books:
Francesco Pacifico

After chronicling the temptations and foibles of earnest young Catholics in "The Story of My Purity," Francesco Pacifico turns his attention to Italy's other major religion: "Cool." On the trail of Italian hipsters from Rome to Williamsburg, "Class" is both savage and tender, like Antonioni's camera following Monica Vitti on her adventures, or--as the author might prefer--a vintage MTV rockumentary. A novel about the costs of "Americanization," in all senses, from Italy's most Yankophilic and most intelligently Yankophobic novelist.

Event: August Kleinzahler Reads

Friday, May 12th at 7:30pm
Brickbat Books:

August Kleinzahler 
reads from his two new collections

When August Kleinzahler won the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize, the judges’ citation referred to his work as “ferociously on the move, between locations, between forms, between registers.” They might also have said “between New Jersey and San Francisco,” the homes between which Kleinzahler has spent his life traveling, both on the road and on the page.

Before Dawn on Bluff Road collects the best of Kleinzahler’s New Jersey poems. Like the landscapes they inhabit, they are by turns rocky and elegant, abandoned and teeming, absurd and deeply poignant. Hollyhocks in the Fog collects the best of his San Francisco poems. They show the poet
in an expansive, incandescent mode, the lover of French poetry and Looney Tunes, of Chinese
food and the lonesome hills.

Providing readers with a gorgeous guide to Kleinzahler’s interior geography, this doubled collection functions as both a map and an anatomy of the lifelong passions and preoccupations of one
of our greatest poets.

Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs gathers the best of sixteen years’ worth of Kleinzahler’s short prose—essays, eulogies, and reviews—into one trenchant collection, setting down his thoughts on poets both excellent and otherwise, on kvetching fiction writers and homicidal fiddlers, on unassuming geniuses and discerning nobodies, always with insight, always with humor, and never suffering fools gladly.

Acknowledged greats such as James Schuyler, Basil Bunting, and Lorine Niedecker and neglected masters such as short-story writer Lucia Berlin and critic Kenneth Cox get their due. Remembrances of Thom Gunn, Christopher Middleton, and Leonard Michaels guide the reader through the prickly process of remaining friends with world-class writers without letting them take too much advantage of you. Finally, in miniature memoirs that resemble poems in embryo, Kleinzahler turns the spotlight on himself. Mixing serious analyses with off-kilter personal insights, these twenty-four essays make for a delightful and essential tour through a treasured poet’s life and library.


Event: Margaret Barton-Fumo on Paul Verhoeven

Thursday, April 20th at 7:30pm
Brickbat Books: 

Margaret Barton-Fumo
Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven

Very Verhoeven is Margaret Barton-Fumo, editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, in conversation with person-about-town Carrie Jones as they reckon with the lurid push pull of the Dutch director’s oeuvre. A book signing and screening of Verhoeven-inspired video work by filmmaker Danielle Burgos will follow the Q&A.

Paul Verhoeven: Interviews includes six-newly translated Dutch newspaper interviews from Verhoeven’s early career, select storyboards by Verhoeven himself, and a set of previously unpublished interviews by Barton-Fumo focusing on 2016’s award-winning French-language production, Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert.

After a robust career in the Netherlands as the country’s most successful director, acclaimed filmmaker Paul Verhoeven built an impressive career in the United States with such controversial blockbusters as RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls before returning home to direct 2006’s Black Book. After a stint as a reality television judge in the Netherlands, Verhoeven returned to the big screen with his first feature film in a decade, Elle.

Margaret Barton-Fumo writes the Deep Cuts column for Film Comment and has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, Alejandro Jodorowsky, James Gray, Andrzej Zulawski, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams. She lives in Brooklyn.

Danielle Burgos is an editor, animator, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. She's contributed to Screen SlateHopes&Fears, and is currently writing the Over The Garden Wall comic series. She programs regularly at Spectacle in Williamsburg.

Event: Michael DeForge & Sadie Dupuis

 Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm
Brickbat Books:

Michael DeForge
Sadie Dupuis

Join Michael DeForge for a live reading and book signing as he introduces the world to Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero. Sticks has escaped her heritage for the refuge of the woods and through her story, DeForge delivers another deeply humane work, one that subtly questions the integrity of the political state and contemporary journalism, all while investigating our relationship to the natural world.

Michael will be joined by musician Sadie Dupuis (Sad13, Speedy Ortiz) who will play a solo set following the reading. Come out for a celebratory lo-fi comics night!

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has been nominated for, or won, every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His previous graphic novels with Drawn & Quarterly are Ant Colony, Big Kids, and First Year Healthy. This March he releases Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero.

Sadie Dupuis is a musician, writer and artist who most frequently performs as the frontdemon of the rock group Speedy Ortiz, which has released two critically acclaimed albums for Carpark Records. She also writes politically-geared pop songs under the moniker Sad13. Based in Philadelphia, her writing on music has been published in Spin, New York Magazine, and Nylon, and she earned an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst.

Event: Tues. the 21st: Mairead Case

 Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30
Brickbat Books:

Mairead Case

Mairead Case reads from her novel SEE YOU IN THE MORNING (featherproof), a story about three high schoolers in a small Midwestern town, summer before senior year of high school. The narrator doesn't know their gender or if they're in love with their best friend.



Mairead Case is a working writer in Colorado. She is a PhD student at the University of Denver, the Summer Writing Program Coordinator at Naropa, a legal observer, and a writing teacher at DU, Naropa, and the Denver women's jail. She is the author of the novel SEE YOU IN THE MORNING and the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS, and is working on a new book about Antigone. / maireadcase.tumblr.com

Event: Camae Ayewa's Fetish Bones

Friday, Feb. 24th at 7:30pm
Brickbat Books:
Camae Ayewa:
Fetish Bones

In her debut book of poetry, Camae Ayewa is speaking about life beyond the gaze. She speaks about the multitudes of survival and resistance when it comes to the expansive lives of those that have come into her space of creation, both physical and spiritual. Her poetry is rooted in a practice she has created called "Anthropology of Consciousness," which invokes an understanding that spiritual energy is not stagnant but continuous in every dimension as spiral and boundless information. Her poetry is ageless, intergenerational, and not outside of, but through the bounds of time.

Her poetry recovers that which we have been forced to forget and realigns ancestral meridians that serve as our guides to our inner and outer worlds throughout existence. Fetish Bones shares the same title as her debut album Fetish Bones by Moor Mother released fall 2016 on Don Giovanni Records.

Fetish Bones book: http://futuresciences.storenvy.com/products/18419299-fetish-bones
Fetish Bones album: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22424-fetish-bones/