Daingerfield Island in the Press

John Adam Wasowicz’s Daingerfield Island was featured in the recent editions of the Alexandria Gazette Packet and Publishers Weekly! In the Gazette Packet, Wasowicz shares some insight into his writing process, and talks about one of his novel’s important threads—good vs. evil.  The Publishers Weekly review steps into Wasowicz’s career as a trial attorney, and how that is “put to good use” within the book.

You can pick up your copy of Daingerfield Island online, or at several independent bookstores along the East Coast.  You can also see Wasowicz on his tour!  See our Events page for more information.

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January Tour Dates, Rescheduled

Greeting, BHB friends!  January tour dates for John Adam Wasowicz and his novel, Daingerfield Island, have been rescheduled for February.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your wonderful support.  We hope to see you in February!  You can view the updated schedule on our Events page.  No changes have been made to current February or March dates.

From Daingerfield Island to Main Street

BrickHouse Books’ author John Adam Wasowicz recently mused on the impact of independent bookstores on our local Main Streets. Published by the Washington Independent Review of Books, “Bookstores: The Heart of Main Street” was inspired by Wasowicz’s first-hand experiences in independent bookstores during his tour for Daingerfield Island. The essay is a must-read for any bookstore lover whose been worried about the stability of brick and mortars in a digital age.

The Beacon Reviews Wasowicz’s Daingerfield Island

The Beacon recently reviewed John Adam Wasowicz’s Daingerfield Island, calling it “riveting” and warning readers that they’ll “have trouble putting this book down between chapters, so plan on reading it in one sitting.” We agree!

You can read the review in its entirety on the Beacon’s website. If you’d like to pick up a signed copy of Daingerfield Island, see our Events page for upcoming signings and appearances by John Adam Wasowicz!

Cyber Monday!

Looking for the perfect, personal holiday gift?  Would you like a little verse?  What about some dialogue and mystery?

BrickHouse Books has many offerings through major online retailers, like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Itasca! Shop our New Releases below, or check out these links for other BrickHouse Books treasures! You may even find an elusive out-of-print book!


Cover image of THREE DAYS WITH THE LONG MOON, a collection of poems by Adrian Koesters. A full moon shines over silhouetted treetops.Three Days with the Long Moon

poems
by Adrian Koesters

“The long moon that Adrian Koesters invokes in her powerful second collection pulls at every best-laid intention and barely-contained desire. The abiding theme here is control and the allure of losing it. Constrained by a variety of forms, speaking through characters who wear the nun’s habit or the invisibility of middle age, these poems voice an insatiable hunger for the forbidden, the unavailable, the irretrievable. Koesters’ lines are tense and alive, as intimate as love letters. Three Days with the Long Moon is a thrilling read.” — Kathleen Flenniken, author of Famous and Plume


Cover for DIALOGUES ON THE BEACH, a novel by John C. McLucas. A painting by artist Minas Konsolas on the cover: an empty boardwalk bench overlooks an empty Rehoboth beach.Dialogues on the Beach

a novel
by John C. McLucas

Jim was…is? in love with his best friend, Tony, but Tony married Rachel, and she is…always was? a fantastic human being and a caring, supportive friend. Still, it’s unfathomable for Jim to think about loving anyone else the way he loved…loves? Tony, and next to impossible for him to consider loving himself.

Until 1993, when Jim joins Tony and Rachel on Rehoboth Beach. Metaphorical lines in the physical sand separate the gay and straight communities, but when Jim meets Joe, that line is erased and redrawn as a labyrinth. Misunderstandings and new perspectives arise at each turn, but one thing remains certain: Jim isn’t the same person he was when he first met Tony. And maybe that’s OK.


Cover of ReUNIONS by Donald Richardson. Cover is mostly blank, with the sketch of a man with his back slightly turned toward us. His posture is relaxed; his hands are in his pockets, his sleeves rolled up, and he appears to be reflecting on his life. A signature of the artist, Bob Callahan, is prominently figured beside the man. TEXT reads: ReUNIONS: New and Selected Poems by Donald Richardson.ReUnions

New and Selected Poems
by Donald Richardson

This new collection of poetry from Donald Richardson is quilted from decades of work, spanning from Knocking Them Dead and Night Waters to Romantic Unions, new poems from 2016 and 2017. In many ways, the poems are messages to loved ones, a scrapbook of memories and reflections, things so deeply personal yet ubiquitous to the human experience.

Portraits on the cover, beautifully rendered by artist Bob Callahan, capture the essence of reflection, and are the perfect partners to Richardson’s poems.


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. TarwoodWhat the Waking See

New and Selected Poems
by J. Tarwood

The poems of this universal expat capture our foibles and follies yet somehow make us care about people like Filipinos trapped in Arabia or the kid who desperately wants to be part of the in-crowd but never will.


Cover for DAINGERFIELD ISLAND by John Adam Wasowicz. A stylistic illustration: Silhouetted against water is a floating body, presumably dead. The deceased wears a dress and a distinct necklace, the latter of which is not in silhouette.Daingerfield Island

by John Adam Wasowicz

Elmo Katz, a defense attorney from Alexandria, is no stranger to the bureaucracy and twisted truths that lurk in the justice system, but his world is upended when he finds himself entangled in the roots of a complex terrorist plot. Places he once navigated with ease are now obscured by shadows. Katz must weave his way through political intrigue, courtroom machinations, and police skulduggery to save what’s left of the truth—and himself.


The Light of the Sun Become Sea

by Peter Weltner

“. . .These poems. . .meld the past and the present, the personal and the historical, Classicism and Romanticism, myth and the quotidian, Eros and Thanatos. These poems look directly at the world. They don’t flinch in the face of loss and death. They strive for a transcendence where ‘All’s right. All’s water. All’s paradise shimmering.’ ” —Joseph Stroud


Cyber Monday – Coming Soon!

Did you know that BrickHouse Books has a wide selection of poetry and prose available at major online retailers?

Did you know that you can sometimes find one of our out-of-print books on retail sites?

SHOP BRICKHOUSE BOOKS on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Bookworms and poetry lovers will treasure your gift forever!

Find BrickHouse Books offerings at these online retailers:

NEW RELEASE – Dialogues on the Beach by John C. McLucas

Cover for DIALOGUES ON THE BEACH, a novel by John C. McLucas. A painting by artist Minas Konsolas on the cover: an empty boardwalk bench overlooks an empty Rehoboth beach.

John C. McLucas‘ debut novel, Dialogues on the Beach, is here!

This beautiful paperback, bound in the art of Minás Konsolas, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Itasca Books, as well as the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Maryland!

Dialogues on the Beach follows Jim, who was…is? in love with his best friend, Tony, but Tony married Rachel, and she is…always was? a fantastic human being and a caring, supportive friend. Still, it’s unfathomable for Jim to think about loving anyone else the way he loved…loves? Tony, and next to impossible for him to consider loving himself.

Until 1993, when Jim joins Tony and Rachel on Rehoboth Beach. Metaphorical lines in the physical sand separate the gay and straight communities, but when Jim meets Joe, that line is erased and redrawn as a labyrinth. Misunderstandings and new perspectives arise at each turn, but one thing remains certain: Jim isn’t the same person he was when he first met Tony. And maybe that’s OK.


Dr. John C. McLucas has taught Italian and Latin at Towson U. since 1984. He has taught Italian language and repertory to voice students at Peabody Conservatory; he is a classically trained singer himself. Dr. McLucas has published numerous scholarly articles and translations as well as poetry and short fiction.


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