The Baltimore Book Festival: Clarinda Harriss, the Ivy Bookshop, CityLit, and more!

This weekend, Baltimore celebrates all things literature with the annual Baltimore Book Festival, held in the Inner Harbor.

BrickHouse Books’ Director and Editor-in-Chief, Clarinda Harriss, will read from The White Rail on Sunday, September 24th at 4:30pm. She will appear at the Inner Harbor Stage (by the Visitor Center) as part of the Lit & Art Reading Series.

While you’re there, stop by one of BHB’s favorite haunts, the Ivy Bookshop! The Ivy Bookshop is the official bookseller for the festival, and is a beloved independent retailer for many BHB titles.

If you’re looking to grow as a writer, learn more about the intersection of social activism and the literary arts, or just listen to great music and poetry, head to the CityLit Project stage! This year’s lineup is incredible!

With so many great events and exhibitors, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. We’ll see you there!

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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.


For more on BrickHouse Books’ New Releases, visit our New Releases page, or follow us for future announcements!

September Excerpts: The Light of the Sun Become Sea by Peter Weltner

Welcome back to another edition of BrickHouse Books’ Featured Excerpts!  Last month, we delved into John C. McLucas’ debut novel, Dialogues on the Beach!  This month, we’re heading into the world of poetry with Peter Weltner!

The Light of the Sun Become Sea is Weltner’s latest release with BrickHouse Books. Accomplished poet Joseph Stroud wrote of this collection:

. . .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.”

Join us as we explore the beautiful language of this collection, with three excerpts hand-selected by Weltner himself!


from “Santiago”

5.

All passion’s a chant before sunrise, what is
real, unstoppable, that sanctifies the world,
makes it holier, a man abandoned, his
hopes denied him, mine by women that hurled

you from me. I followed your route. I watched
you walking not to get away, but to be
less ruined, to return some day, touched
by my hands, my lips, your wanting to see

more clearly the rooms we might dwell in, poorer
but more free, seeking to renew what’s below
you, what you’d seen in water flowing under
the bridge, enough rubble there to restore Santiago.


from “The Way Open to Other Ways”

3.

So far north, June shocks as in a Russian
novel. First winter thaws in shadows. Raw
mud turns grass’s emerald. Then the land
flares into the Chinese colors I saw

as the sun shone through crane-white clouds
on an ancient silkscreen, a monk, plain,
hog-fat, sucking plums, making no sounds,
quieter than lotus on the mountain. Plums stain

his robe wine-red. A boat waits by his hut.
In farewell, he embraces the farmer who hoes
his beds, its flowers topaz, agate.
If beauty’s found in decay, winter snows,

in labor, the raked-over loam, the ice-
laden gates, then summer’s paradisal. By stone
walls and cliffs, his skiff flows. Rice
fills his bowl. Peace comes to everyone.


from “Testament”

3.

The great good place of the world
is tremulous with light:
a forest of vines and brush,
its pathless ways through loblolly stands,
the flocks of birds encircling a lake,
the geese diving,
each blessing the water,
as ivy, trees sanctify the words
you use, offering you
their meaning, their eloquence.

A sun shines through you
as through a thick fog
that settles over the morning hours
of the city you grew up in, street sounds, songs,
what no one’s ever done with,
the stories they know of glory,
a cooling rain in June,
wet sidewalks, brownstones,
you, a dialogue between dawn and mist,
the light of the sun become sea.


To learn more about Peter Weltner and his works, visit Peter’s BHB Profile Page.

The Light of the Sun Become Sea is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Itasca Books.

Autumn Signings with John Adam Wasowicz!

Three more dates have been added to John Adam Wasowicz’s whirlwind tour for his mystery/thriller Daingerfield Island!  Save them to your calendar, or see our Events page for more information and tour dates!

September 16th, 11am – 3pm
Book Warehouse
Gettysburg Outlet Center
1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, Suite 920
Gettysburg, PA 17325

October 28th, 11am – 3pm
Book Warehouse
Tanger Outlets Nags Head
7100 South Croatan Hwy, Suite 69
Nags Head, NC 27959

November 16th, 11am – 3pm
Book Warehouse
Rockvale Outlets
35 South Willowdale Drive, Suite 716
Lancaster, PA 17602

Washington Independent Review of Books Features Doritt Carroll’s Latest Release

“What powers the work of Carroll is bold truth, intellectual firepower, and emotional experiences that raise good dust — after the settling, nothing is the same.” — Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

Grace Cavalieri’s recent review of Doritt Carroll’s sorry you are not an instant winner reads like the poetry that appears in her monthly column. Head over to WIRoBooks and read why Cavalieri calls Carroll’s writing something she “won’t forget.”

Congratulations, Doritt!


Doritt Carroll is BrickHouse Books’ Poetry Editor and author of two BHB titles, In Caves and GLTTL STP. sorry you are not an instant winner was published with Kattywompus Press earlier this year.

John Adam Wasowicz returns to the Island Bookstore September 2nd

John Adam Wasowicz returns to the Island Bookstore in North Carolina on September 2nd!  He will be signing copies of his latest release, the mystery/thriller Daingerfield Island!

Here’s what John had to say about his first appearance at the Island Bookstore:

“We met some wonderful people at Island Bookstore on the Outer Banks, NC. The hospitality of the bookstore staff was extraordinary. It was a reminder of the magical power of a bookstore. The stories customers bring inside with them are as special as the stories in the books awaiting their perusal.”

SAVE THE DATE!

September 2, 2017
11am-1pm
The Island Bookstore
1177 Duck Road
Duck, NC 27949

See you there!

Submission Extension – Stonewall Chapbook Competition

The deadline for the Stonewall Chapbook Competition is extended to October 15, 2017!

Stonewall, an imprint of BrickHouse Books, focuses on voices from the LGBTQIA+ community. The Stonewall Chapbook Competition offers authors a chance to have their short fiction or poetry published by Stonewall!

Head to the Stonewall Submissions page for more information on the competition, including a sample of Stonewall work from previous winner, Kathi Wolfe!