Dec. 8 Virtual Literary Salon: Clarinda’s Kitchen

Brickhouse Books’ very own Clarinda Harriss is hosting “Clarinda’s Kitchen” on December 8th in partnership with TURFA (Towson University Retired Faculty Association).

“Our Literary Kitchen will not take place in a chic atelier, at a Paris address in the company of Alice B. Toklas, or amid the glorious clutter of great modern art like the Cone sisters’ Baltimore apartment,” said Clarinda regarding the name of this literary salon. “But these days, isn’t the kitchen where the real talk goes on during most parties?”

This is the first time TURFA will host this virtual event. In a November newsletter to members, TURFA President Jane L. Wolfson, Ph.D. wrote that these salons are “very loosely modeled on and in the spirit of those held by Coco Chanel, Gertrude Stein, and the Cone sisters.” Wolfson also discussed the structure of the events: “At these salons we will meet, hear from and converse with writers — both famous and fledging — for about an hour or so. Our role is to join with our preferred beverage in hand, prepared to listen, talk, and enjoy ourselves.”

Clarinda’s Kitchen will feature BhB poet Kathi Wolfe (most recently, Love & Kumquats) and poet Doug Mowbray, who also serves on BhB’s Board of Directors.

TURFA members will receive a link to the event later this month.

Virtual Event Wednesday, Oct. 13 with Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela, winner of the 2020-21 Wicked Woman Poetry Prize, will do a virtual reading from How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen? this Wednesday, October 13 at noon Eastern. The event is hosted by the Arts Club of Washington and is free and open to the public via Zoom. Register to get the Zoom link at A Q&A session with the poet will follow the reading.

Virtual Event with Wicked Woman Winner Lori Jakiela

Split image: Lori Jakiela (left) and Nancy Naomi Carlson (right)
Lori Jakiela (left) and Nancy Naomi Carlson (right)

The winner of the 2021 Wicked Woman Poetry Prize, Lori Jakiela, will be in conversation with WW judge Nancy Naomi Carlson on Thursday, October 14. Jakiela will do a reading from her WW-winning poetry chapbook, How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?

The event will be hosted by Brickhouse Books in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Registration is encouraged, but not required. The event is free to the public. You can learn more about how to join and stream this event on the Library’s website.

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 14

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Virtual via the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Virtual Reading and Happy Hour with John C. McLucas

Spirit's Tether by John C. McLucas

Join Brickhouse Books and author John C. McLucas for a virtual reading and happy hour to celebrate the launch of Spirit’s Tether! Bring your own beverage for a toast; John’s reading will provide the bubbles.

Monday, March 15
5:00 – 5:40 PM Eastern

Event to be held via Zoom; RSVP with a valid email address below to receive your link. You will receive a reminder half an hour before show time.

RSVP no later than Saturday, March 13 to ensure that we have your email address ready to send the link.

Sheila Squillante – Fall Virtual Readings for Mostly Human

Sheila SquillanteJoin Sheila Squillante for these virtual readings of Mostly Human this fall! Visit for Zoom links.

Save the Dates!

October 20, 2020 | Noon
The Arts Club of Baltimore

October 21, 2020 | 6:30 pm
Pratt Library Reading

October 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm
U. Pitt Johnstown, Fall Reading Series

October 26, 2020 | 7:00 pm
Chatham University

November 1, 2020 | 3:00 pm
Evil Grin Reading Series

November 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm
White Whale Bookstore

Squillante’s Mostly Human was the 2019-20 winner of the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize. (See here for details on this year’s competition.)

Wasowicz’s SLATERS LANE Pre-Release on Aug 29

Cover for Slaters Lane by John Adam WasowiczJohn Adam Wasowicz adds another case to attorney Mo Katz’s files with Slaters Lane. This latest mystery from the author of Daingerfield Island and Jones Point puts Wasowicz’s Katz in the midst of an investigation that’s been complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Katz also deals with the virus as it relates to his biracial identity and his family.

Wasowicz will be signing copies of Slaters Lane at Harambee Books & Artwork in Alexandria, Virginia on August 29th. Wasowicz will maintain appropriate social distance and wear a mask and gloves while signing copies of the book at the store’s entrance from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to front-line COVID-19 workers in Alexandria.

In an interview with Alexandria Living Magazine, Wasowicz expressed gratitude toward his hosts: “Harambee Books is rich in Black heritage and I’m privileged that they want to host a pre-release event.”

Read more about Slaters Lane and this event at Alexandria Living Magazine.

Slaters Lane Signing Event with John Adam Wasowicz
Harambee Books & Artwork
August 29th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Alexandria, VA

Virtual Event with John Adam Wasowicz

John Adam Wasowicz, author of Jones Point, and Derek McGinty, veteran news anchor and voice of the Jones Point audiobook, will appear live for a virtual event hosted by One More Page Books and radio station WPFW. Wasowicz and McGinty will talk about the production of the Jones Point audiobook, while actors from Avant Bard will talk about the role of actors in audiobook creation. Those who purchase the book during the event will receive a free audio book. All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the radio, theatre, and the bookstore.

Mark your calendars for:
April 1, 7 – 8 pm
Stream at WPFW FM

Read more at One Page Books.

The Winner of the 2020 Wicked Woman Prize

BrickHouse Books is delighted to announce that Sheila Squillante has won the 2020 Wicked Woman Prize for her manuscript, Mostly Human. A book release and two readings are scheduled, one at the Arts Club of Washington and one at the Pratt Library in Baltimore, which will feature contest judge Katherine Young. Congratulations Sheila!

Kathi Wolfe Reading in Silver Spring

Kathi Wolfe will appear at Zed’s in Silver Spring, Maryland this Friday to read selections from Love and Kumquats.

Friday, March 6 at 6pm
8225 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

Special thanks to the Washington Blade for their announcement.

Carrie Conners Presenting on Panel on March 13

Carrie Conners, author of Luscious Struggle, will be appearing at the 43rd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Carrie will be presenting on the panel “Appalachian Understories, Diversity and Resilience: Readings from the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Karen Spears Zacharias Volume XI” on March 13th at 3:30pm. To learn more about the conference, visit the Appalachian Studies Association’s website