Thursday, September 28, 2017

Event: Smuggling Ukraine Westward, with Andriy Lyubka





SUNDAY, OCT 15th at 5PM
at
BRICKBAT BOOKS:

SMUGGLING UKRAINE WESTWARD, WITH ANDRIY LYUBKA

Andriy Lyubka was born in 1987 in Riga, Latvia. He completed degrees in Ukrainian Philology at Uzhhorod University (2009) and in Balkan Studies at the University of Warsaw (2014). He is the author of three books of poetry – Eight Months of Schizophrenia (2007), TERRORISM (2008), and Forty Bucks Plus Tip (2009) - and four books of prose – KILLER: A Collection of Stories (2012), Sleeping with Women (2014), Carbide (2015), A Room for Sorrow (2016) and Saudade (2017). His writings have been translated into Polish, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Romanian, Turkish and German. Mr. Lyubka also works as a translator, having published several translations from Polish, Serbian and English into Ukrainian. He is a columnist for Radio LibertyDen and Zbruch. Mr. Lyubka has been a curator for the literary festivals Kyivski Lavry and Meridian Czernowitz and has been writer-in-residence at cultural institutes in Poland, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Sweden and Austria. He lives in Uzhhorod.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at marcos17@yahoo.com

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Series: Joanna C. Valente, Chris McCreary, Matthew Landis


Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm
at
Brickbat Books:  
The Hugely Popular Poetry Series: 
Joanna C. Valente, Chris McCreary, Matthew Landis 



Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Sexting the Dead (Unknown Press, 2017) & Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes, Poetry and the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, BUST, Spork Press, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente


 


Chris McCreary's most recent book is [ neüro / mäntic ] (Furniture Press 2014). A chapbook of poems co-written w/ Mark Lamoureux, Dictionnaire Infernal, is forthcoming from Empty Set Press.




Matthew Landis in Philadelphia. He is a poet, a musician, and a scholar. He is a member of the World/Inferno Friendship Society. He has two cats. He almost died once. Ask him about it sometime. He co-wrote RAINN with Amy Silbergeld and has a book forthcoming based on the 1st draft of the Blade Runner script. It's called So You Want to Build a Bridge? Keep an eye out

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Event: Koyama Press: Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle and Noel Freibert Book Signing

Wednesday September 20th at 7pm
at
Brickbat Books: 
A Koyama Press Book Signing
with
Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle and Noel Freibert 
 

CONNOR WILLUMSEN: ANTI-GONE

 

Join an oneiric odyssey through a slacker second life.

Reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.

CONNOR WILLUMSEN is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Stanley Kubrick’s The KillingHe has self-published a number of zines and comics and Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island in 2013 and 2014 respectively.


PATRICK KYLE: EVERYWHERE DISAPPEARED




Collecting a cornucopia of short comics by one of the medium’s most inventive artists.

A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don't Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.


NOEL FREIBERT : OLD GROUND



Sam Beckett and Sam Raimi intersect in an outsider art graveyard.

A cemetery so old that the names on the graves have eroded into nothing and no one remembers the dead is razed to make room for a retirement home for folks who’ve also been forgotten. Ambience and slapstick combine as an absurd cast of characters inhabits and haunts the home.

NOEL FREIBERT currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He is the editor of WEIRD Magazine and was a member of the influential comics group Closed Caption Comics. His work has been shown internationally and is featured in the book collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Event: Meghan Turbitt & Beth Heinly Book Signing




Thursday, July 27th 
7-9pm 
at 
Brickbat Books: 

Meghan Turbitt & Beth Heinly
Book Signing

Come celebrate w/ us at our favorite book store!!! We had so much fun last summer debuting CAMP (Beth) & Philadelphia Sketchbook (Meghan) we wanted to do it again ***New*** self-published comics from Meghan Turbitt & Beth Heinly.

Meghan will be debuting a new celebrity advice lifestyle book, "How to Eat Chips" along with some limited edition PRINTS.

Beth will be debuting "The Deaf Neighbors" an autobio inspired murder mystery horror story which parodies True Crime television.
Not done drawing it yet - will be a lengthly read tho for sure.

There will be refreshments and a ~highly curated~ chip buffet for the event + giant bubbles.
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Event: Erik Bader & Allen Crawford Read!



Friday, July 14th  at 7pm
at 
Brickbat Books 

Erik Bader & Allen Crawford Read!



Erik Bader reads the final chapter of his recently completed novel.


Allen Crawford reads selections from his new work-in-progress.




Endings. Beginnings. Last Kind Words.

Free admission. Free adult beverages with 21+ ID.

This is your kind of night.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Closed for the 4th!




Brickbat will be closing today, Saturday July 1st at 5pm. We will reopen on Wednesday July 5th at 11am. Happy 4th!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Event: Francesco Pacifico



Thursday, June 8th at 7:30pm
at
Brickbat Books:
Francesco Pacifico

After chronicling the temptations and foibles of earnest young Catholics in "The Story of My Purity," Francesco Pacifico turns his attention to Italy's other major religion: "Cool." On the trail of Italian hipsters from Rome to Williamsburg, "Class" is both savage and tender, like Antonioni's camera following Monica Vitti on her adventures, or--as the author might prefer--a vintage MTV rockumentary. A novel about the costs of "Americanization," in all senses, from Italy's most Yankophilic and most intelligently Yankophobic novelist.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Event: August Kleinzahler Reads





Friday, May 12th at 7:30pm
at 
Brickbat Books:

August Kleinzahler 
reads from his two new collections

When August Kleinzahler won the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize, the judges’ citation referred to his work as “ferociously on the move, between locations, between forms, between registers.” They might also have said “between New Jersey and San Francisco,” the homes between which Kleinzahler has spent his life traveling, both on the road and on the page.

Before Dawn on Bluff Road collects the best of Kleinzahler’s New Jersey poems. Like the landscapes they inhabit, they are by turns rocky and elegant, abandoned and teeming, absurd and deeply poignant. Hollyhocks in the Fog collects the best of his San Francisco poems. They show the poet
in an expansive, incandescent mode, the lover of French poetry and Looney Tunes, of Chinese
food and the lonesome hills.

Providing readers with a gorgeous guide to Kleinzahler’s interior geography, this doubled collection functions as both a map and an anatomy of the lifelong passions and preoccupations of one
of our greatest poets.


Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs gathers the best of sixteen years’ worth of Kleinzahler’s short prose—essays, eulogies, and reviews—into one trenchant collection, setting down his thoughts on poets both excellent and otherwise, on kvetching fiction writers and homicidal fiddlers, on unassuming geniuses and discerning nobodies, always with insight, always with humor, and never suffering fools gladly.

Acknowledged greats such as James Schuyler, Basil Bunting, and Lorine Niedecker and neglected masters such as short-story writer Lucia Berlin and critic Kenneth Cox get their due. Remembrances of Thom Gunn, Christopher Middleton, and Leonard Michaels guide the reader through the prickly process of remaining friends with world-class writers without letting them take too much advantage of you. Finally, in miniature memoirs that resemble poems in embryo, Kleinzahler turns the spotlight on himself. Mixing serious analyses with off-kilter personal insights, these twenty-four essays make for a delightful and essential tour through a treasured poet’s life and library.




 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Event: Margaret Barton-Fumo on Paul Verhoeven



Thursday, April 20th at 7:30pm
at 
Brickbat Books: 

Margaret Barton-Fumo
on 
Filmmaker Paul Verhoeven



Very Verhoeven is Margaret Barton-Fumo, editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, in conversation with person-about-town Carrie Jones as they reckon with the lurid push pull of the Dutch director’s oeuvre. A book signing and screening of Verhoeven-inspired video work by filmmaker Danielle Burgos will follow the Q&A.

Paul Verhoeven: Interviews includes six-newly translated Dutch newspaper interviews from Verhoeven’s early career, select storyboards by Verhoeven himself, and a set of previously unpublished interviews by Barton-Fumo focusing on 2016’s award-winning French-language production, Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert.

After a robust career in the Netherlands as the country’s most successful director, acclaimed filmmaker Paul Verhoeven built an impressive career in the United States with such controversial blockbusters as RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls before returning home to direct 2006’s Black Book. After a stint as a reality television judge in the Netherlands, Verhoeven returned to the big screen with his first feature film in a decade, Elle.

Margaret Barton-Fumo writes the Deep Cuts column for Film Comment and has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, Alejandro Jodorowsky, James Gray, Andrzej Zulawski, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams. She lives in Brooklyn.


Danielle Burgos is an editor, animator, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. She's contributed to Screen SlateHopes&Fears, and is currently writing the Over The Garden Wall comic series. She programs regularly at Spectacle in Williamsburg.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Closed for Easter!




Brickbat will be closed Sunday, April 16th. We will re-open Tuesday, April 18th at 11am.