Welcome to Malvern Books!

BlogMalvern Books is a bookstore and community space in Austin, Texas. We specialize in visionary literature and poetry from independent publishers, with a focus on lesser-known and
emerging voices the world needs to hear.


New to Malvern Books

The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather
The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather

Poetry by Sampson Starkweather
Paperback; $24

“This staggeringly ambitious debut collection is, in sum, to quote its author … ‘To be reckoned with, or perhaps, / reckoned by.’” —Seth Abramson, The Huffington Post

 

Mule
Mule

Poetry by Shane McCrae
Paperback; $15.95

“The ethereality of McCrae’s poems of merging and parting belies their emotional power, which comes like a gut punch.” —Katherine Litwin, The Poetry Foundation

 

Rise in the Fall
Rise in the Fall

Poetry by Ana Božičević
Paperback; $18

• Lambda Literary Award Winner for Best Lesbian Poetry
“Bracingly honest poems … highly recommended.” —Seth Abramson, The Huffington Post

 

Transfer Fat
Transfer Fat

Poetry by Aase Berg; translated by Johannes Göransson
Paperback; $15

“Berg finds daring, odd, beautiful, and altogether innovative ways to represent the reality of motherhood for a twenty-first century literature.” —Julia Guez, BOMBLOG

 

Scary, No Scary
Scary, No Scary

Poetry by Zachary Schomburg
Paperback; $14.95

“Schomburg is possibly the man who will save poetry…. A playful, mournful, and sometimes sweet collection full of fantastic images and odd dialogue.” —Huffington Post

 

Trances of the Blast
Trances of the Blast

Poetry by Mary Ruefle
Paperback; $22

“Ruefle’s poems are deeply personal but don’t feel intrusively confessional. An excellent choice for any collection looking to expand poetry beyond the obvious.” —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

 

Orange Roses
Orange Roses

Poetry by Lucy Ives
Paperback; $18

“Brilliant, hard-earned and honest…. The erasures and reappearances of figure and ground—that hard drama—have rarely been so movingly undertaken. A heartbreakingly beautiful work.” —Jorie Graham

 

The Meatgirl Whatever
The Meatgirl Whatever

Poetry by Kristin Hatch
Paperback; $15.95

• Winner of the National Poetry Series
“Glee and melancholy, revulsion and beauty, lyric and satire … combine.” —K. Silem Mohammad, judge, National Poetry Series

 

People on Sunday
People on Sunday

Poetry by Geoffrey G. O’Brien
Paperback; $18

“This [collection] proves to be an intriguing, thoughtful, and ambitiously layered collection, drawing from the past to hold a mirror to the present.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

The Guest Cat
The Guest Cat

Fiction by Takashi Hiraide; translated by Eric Selland
Paperback; $14.95

“This is a beautiful, ornate read, brimming with philosophical observation, humor and intelligence, leaving the reader anticipating more … works of Hiraide.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Nox
Nox

Poetry by Anne Carson
Hardback; $35.00

“An assemblage of words and images so artfully arranged that they make us reconsider not only what poetry can do and should do but even what a book is…” —Andrew Ervin, The Believer

 

Hawthorn & Child
Hawthorn & Child

Fiction by Keith Ridgway
Paperback; $15.95

“Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.” —Ian Rankin, The Guardian

 


The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn

Fiction by W.G. Sebald; translated by Michael Hulse
Paperback; $15.95

“The book is like a dream you want to last forever … It glows with the radiance and resilience of the human spirit.”—Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review

 

The Big Game
The Big Game (Le grand jeu)

Poetry by Benjamin Péret; translated by Marilyn Kallet
Paperback; $21.95

“Humour gushes here as if from its very source” —André Breton
“… the poetic principle itself, pared down to its quintessential imaginary nerve” —Charles Simic

 

Selected Prose and Poetry of Jules Supervielle
Selected Prose and Poetry of Jules Supervielle

Jules Supervielle; edited by Nancy Kline
Paperback; $19.95

“The poet of metempsychoses, of metamorphoses, of mysterious telepathies, thanks to which all things communicate invisibly, exchanging their fluids & their messages.” —Marcel Raymond

 

Pirate Talk
Pirate Talk or Mermalade

Fiction by Terese Svoboda
Paperback; $14.95

“This book is something entirely new: a novella that’s also a sort of poetry … Pirate Talk is a strange & nastily beautiful book.” —Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

 

Famous Writers I Have Known
Famous Writers I Have Known

Fiction by James Magnuson
Hardcover; $25.95

“The single wickedest satire I’ve read in years. Flat-out hilarious (and disturbing, in the most genial kind of way).” —T.C. Boyle 

 


Our Andromeda
Our Andromeda

Poetry by Brenda Shaughnessy
Paperback; $16.00

• Featured on the NYT Book Review’s 100 Best Books of 2013 list
• Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2013
“A heady, infectious celebration.” —The New Yorker

 

The Adventures of Telemachus
The Adventures of Telemachus
Fiction by Louis Aragon; translated by Renée Riese
Paperback; $13.95

“In this inventive translation … Aragon’s farce is a funhouse of double-think and mirror readings; the wise reader enters with disbelief well suspended…” New York Times Book Review

 

Holy Land
Holy Land

Poetry by Rauan Klassnik
Paperback; $12.95

As a wide-ranging, metaphoric look at death, sublimity, despair, and anguish, Holy Land succeeds even as it terrifies and, yes, turns the stomach. A remarkable achievement…” —Huffington Post

 

Rising, Falling, Hovering
Rising, Falling, Hovering

Poetry by C.D. Wright
Paperback; $17

Rising is about conflict, local and global, and how failures of the heart bring disaster on every scale. Wright wakes the reader … to the saving beauty of clear sight.” —Griffin Poetry Prize citation

 

The Correspondence Artist
The Correspondence Artist

Fiction by Barbara Browning
Paperback; $16

“Browning’s mysterious romance capably relays the sensation of [a] perilously ambiguous world. The narrator is so offhandedly intelligent that it makes the book a pleasure to read.” —Ben McLeod

 

The Difficult Farm
The Difficult Farm

Poetry by Heather Christle
Paperback; $12

“Christle’s savage and wild and surprising and critical book contains multitudes, and in doing so forges new pathways…” —Chris Hosea

 

Dark Elderberry Branch
Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva

Poetry by Marina Tsvetaeva
Paperback with CD (readings in the original Russian); $15

“This new selection from her poems and prose brought me a closer and more intimate sense of her and her voice and presence than I had before … this Dark Elderberry Branch is magic.” —W.S. Merwin

 

Here Bullet
Here, Bullet

Poetry by Brian Turner
Paperback; $15.95

Here, Bullet is a book of poems about the war in Iraq, written by a veteran whose eye for the telling detail is as strategic as it is poetic.” —The Globe and Mail

 

Lake Antiquity
Lake Antiquity

Poetry/collage by Brandon Downing
Paperback; $40.00

“Downing’s greatest achievement so far. … Lake Antiquity makes it clear that Downing is a genius of juxtaposition.” —The Stranger