October Excerpts: What the Waking See by J. Tarwood

Cover Image: Two people in marriage attire walk down a street crowded with houses. They walk away from us. TEXT: WHAT THE WAKING SEE, New and Selected Poems by J. Tarwood

Greetings, BHB friends and family! Time for another monthly edition of our featured excerpts! This month, we’re reading poetry from J. Tarwood‘s latest BHB release, What the Waking See.


AUTHENTICITY

When he says he understands
how we feel, he means,
shut up and grieve, girl, for me!

So many props we need to be
ourselves, brown hair rivering
an eye. cheeks a brisk shine,
heels rocketing, rings blessing—
all the little sisters inhaling labor
to make one lovely enough
to step out the door.

Whatever he says, he wants
a mask, as do we. Stay
grateful with coffee in hand,
morning reddening shade, alone
as granite in a dune.
He’ll be outlasted beautifully,

understanding nothing.

AESTHETICS IN SKOPJE

I
Reason flowers
beautifying necessity,
most enchanting of knots.

II
The ugly love the beautiful.
Of course. Wisely,
the beautiful learn
to love the ugly.
Who else would die for them?

III
Light’s late in winter.
Hand in hand, so many
furred lovelies, laughing
in morning mist, every kiss
tightening the knot.


What the Waking See is available now at online retailers

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Stonewall Chapbook Competition – Deadline OCTOBER 15th! Submit now!

The October 15th Deadline for the Stonewall Chapbook Competition nears!

Winners receive the publication of their chapbook from our Stonewall Imprint!

We can’t wait to read your submissions! Head to our Stonewall Submissions Page and submit your LGBTQIA+ works now!

Daingerfield Island at Book Warehouse

A huge THANK YOU to each and every guest of John Adam Wasowicz’s recent appearance at Book Warehouse in Gettysburg, where he signed Daingerfield Island! Thank you to the staff of Book Warehouse for your kindness and hospitality!


Book Warehouse Area Manager, PeggySue Jenkins (left), and Daingerfield Island author, John Adam Wasowicz, pose with copies of the novel during John’s Sept. 16, 2017 appearance in Book Warehouse’s Gettysburg location.


See our Events page for more Daingerfield Island tour dates, including additional stops at Book Warehouses along the East Coast!

Adrian Koesters’ October Appearances: Panel Presentation and Readings

Adrian Koesters (Three Days with the Long Moon, Many Parishes) will appear as part of the combined panel and reading “Poetry in Print: The Poetry Book and the Publishing Process” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on October 5th. If you miss that reading, or you just can’t get enough of her extraordinary poetry, worry not! She’ll also appear for a reading later that night at Francie and Finch Booksellers in Lincoln, and later that week at the Book Worm in Omaha.

SAVE THE DATES!

Thursday, October 5th, 11am
“Poetry in Print: The Poetry Book and the Publishing Process”
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Andrews Hall, Bailey Library
625 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

Thursday, October 5th, 6pm
Francie and Finch Booksellers
130 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Saturday, October 7th, 1pm
The Book Worm
Loveland Centre
90th & Center Streets
2501 South 90th Street, Suite 111
Omaha, NE 68124

More Tour Dates for John Adam Wasowicz and Daingerfield Island

John Adam Wasowicz continues his incredible book tour for his mystery/thriller, Daingerfield Island, at these exciting locations!

SAVE THE DATES!

Saturday, September 30th, 11am-1pm
St. Paul Authors’ Fair
St. Paul UMC
750 Norland Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Saturday, October 7th, 11am-1pm
Main Street Books
126 S. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036

Friday, November 24th, All Day
Principle Art Gallery
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Saturday, November 25th, All Day
Principle Art Gallery
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Thursday, December 7th, Evening (Time TBA)
New England Mobile Book Fair
241 Needham Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464


For all current tour dates and more BrickHouse Books Events, visits our Events page!

Dialogues on the Beach Launches With Gusto

Thank you, dear BHB readers, friends, and family, for helping us celebrate the release of John C. McLucas’ debut novel, Dialogues on the Beach, on September 15th! Thank you to our gracious hosts, Peggy Hoffman and Minás Konsolas, for welcoming all of us into their living gallery for this celebration.

Enjoy these memories from the release party, and experience the heartfelt unveiling of Dialogues on the Beach as we did that day.


Author John C. McLucas (right) mingles with guests.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Host and Dialogues on the Beach cover artist Minás Konsolas (middle) welcomes guests.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Guests enjoy the party.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas chats with a party guest.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Host Peggy Hoffman (left) toasts with a guest (right).
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas (left) and BrickHouse Books’ Director and Editor-in-Chief, Clarinda Harriss (right).
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

BrickHouse Books’ Online Editor, Elizabeth Tybush (left), and BrickHouse Books’ Director and Editor-in-Chief, Clarinda Harriss.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Party guests pose for group photo.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

More guests mingling and enjoying the party. Author John C. McLucas (background left) stands among them.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas (left) and BrickHouse Books’ Director and Editor-in-Chief, Clarinda Harriss (right), moments after Clarinda has introduced John.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas opens the first shipment of his debut novel, Dialogues on the Beach.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas proudly displays his novel Dialogues on the Beach to the guests.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas looks fondly upon his debut novel for the first time.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Host and artist Minás Konsolas in his studio.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

BrickHouse Books’ Director and Editor-in-Chief, Clarinda Harriss, regards a painting by artist Minás Konsolas (not pictured).
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V

Author John C. McLucas embraces a friend and guest.
Sept. 15, 2017 | Photo Credit: Frank L. Tybush V


Dialogues on the Beach is available now at major online retailers, and is coming soon to the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, MD!