July Events – Now With More Gin

There are only a few days left before the release party for John Adam Wasowicz’s Daingerfield Island at the New Columbia Distillers in Washington DC!  The perks of partying at a distillery?  One lucky guest will win their own bottle of Green Hat Gin!

Friday, July 14th, 6-8pm
New Columbia Distillers
1832 Fenwick St. NE
Washington DC 20002

Book vending by East City Bookshop.  $1 of every book purchase goes to the DC Central Kitchen.

John Adam Wasowicz will also be appearing at the Island Bookstore on July 26th.

Check out our Events page for more details and future events.


Upcoming Reading with BHB Poet William Rivera

Poet William Rivera (Buried in the Mind’s Backyard, BrickHouse Books, 2011) will be joining poet Elisavietta Ritchie (Reflections: Poems on Paintings) at the Kensington Row Bookshop for a reading.


Wednesday, June 28th @ 7pm
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave
Kensington, MD

See you there!

Readings and Release Party for Doritt Carroll’s New Book

Doritt Carroll, BrickHouse Books’ Poetry Editor, released Sorry You Are Not an Instant Winner via Kattywompus Press.


Listen to Carroll herself read selections from this jovial collection, and join her for the release party in September!


Third Saturday Reading Event
June 17th, 2pm – 4pm
Robert Harper Books
6216 Rhode Island Ave.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Georgetown Library – Date TBA!


September 28, Time TBA
The Barking Dog
4723 Elm St.
Bethesda, MD 20814

For more information on Doritt Carroll and her work, visit dorittcarroll.com.

Calling all Towson students!

Good morning, Baltimore!

Alright, so maybe it’s night time, but I’m in a great mood – why, you may be asking? Well, let me tell you!

As a Towson student myself, I’m pretty hyped about the upcoming reading we have going on on campus September 18th at 6:30 PM, at the College of Fine Arts building room 3150. A professor and writer I truly admire, Angela Pelster-Wiebe, is going to be reading, and it’s be pretty swell for any interested parties to come out and give her and her fellow speaker, Geoff Becker, some support. Angela will be reading from her book of essays titled Limber, while Geoff is expected to be reading some new material during his sabbatical presentation.

Geoff Becker is the author of of the novels Hot Springs (Tin House Books, 2010) and Bluestown (St. Martin’s Press, 1996), in addition to the story collections, Black Elvis (U. of Georgia Press, 2009) and Dangerous Men (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1995). He holds many honors and awards in the literary community, amongst them being the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction, and the Nelson Algren Award.

Angela Pelster-Wiebe received her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and her Master of Fine Arts from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her children’s novel The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (River Books, 2005) won the Golden Eagle Children’s Choice award, and Limber (Sarabande Books), her collection of essays, came out earlier this year in April.

Check out the bolded bits for a time and place, and come out to rejuvenate your love for writing and join in the literary community right here in Baltimore County!

––Kate, BhB online editor

Artifact Coffee reading event!

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Join us for a fun reading event at Artifact Coffee on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM. BrickHouse Books author Clarence Brown will be reading from his book Needs.

Great opportunity to hear some great reading and drink some coffee. What more can you ask for? Hope to see you there!

Indie Lit Festival: bringing book nerds together one event at a time

By: Shelby Hillers

Despite the rain, fog, and cold weather, the Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival 2013 continued on and showed just how dedicated readers and writers are.


The Festival featured two events. The major event, The Press Festival, took place on East Main Street in Frostburg, Maryland on Saturday, October 12 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Featuring panels like genre specific writing, Publishing: A How to Guide, Marketing Your Work, and Future of Books for Readers, Writers, and Publishers, the Indie Lit Festival highlighted the relationship between a publisher and the writer. It’s often forgotten that both parties need each other in order to thrive.

readingeventThe day before, Friday, October 11, featured a reading event that included Deena November from Hyacinth Girl Press, Phillip Terman from Autumn House Press, Nathan Leslie from Atticus Books, and William Hathaway from The Gettysburg Review. The reading event was held at Main Street Books, an amazing book store in town that features both independent and well-known publishers. Due to the rainy weather, the event was very intimidate and personal. It was a great chance to get to know both the publishers and writers. Every writer was thankful for their publisher and having the chance to share their works with equally enthusiastic readers and writers.

The main event, The Press Festival, brought together editors and publishers with writers and educators. The journals and presses that participated had tables where they displayed books, submissions guidelines, and other promotional materials like tee-shirts, book marks, and pens. The journals and presses’ tables were held in the Lyric Theater while the panel discussions took place along the buildings on Main Street.tableevent

Personally I used this chance to network and get to know other publications. During my time there, I met with Big Pulp, The Fourth River, Hyacinth Girl Press, The Idiom Magazine, and Ink Press Productions. All the editors with their journals and presses were amazingly friendly and gave insight into the community. And that’s really want these events are for. Sure, it was a great chance to spread the word about the publication I was with (Grub Street) but I also was able to talk to editors about how they reach out their readers and writers, what it’s like to be on a staff that constantly changes, and what genres need more attention. It’s being around book-loving fanatics that reminds me why I love the literature community so much. We geek out over books and that’s totally okay.


Shelby Hillers is the Online Assistant Editor for BrickHouse Books where she helps manage Facebook, Twitter, and the blog. She is a senior at Towson University majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. Her works have been published by The TowerlightLimerence Magazine, and TU Career Center’s co-written blog The Thriving Tiger.