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

Refuge/es
Refuge/es

Poetry by Michael Broek
Paperback; $15.95

“These poems possess intelligence, erudition, gravitas and urgency. Serious and moving in voice and ambition, this passionately lyrical and articulate work reminds me very much of the capacious, fierce and intelligent work of Adrienne Rich.” —Tony Hoagland

 

Yearling
Yearling

Poetry by Lo Kwa Mei-en
Paperback; $15.95

“Birds and burdens are the glorious stuff of Mei-en’s stunning first collection … liberated and vulnerable, fierce yet open wide, Mei-en’s poems are bent on burnished edges, making fast breaks to the celestial, and unfurling in curiosity…” —Betsy Wheeler

 

Devil, Dear
Devil, Dear

Poetry by Mary Ann McFadden
Paperback; $15.95

“These poems are sly and full of generous humor and wisdom. To read McFadden is to be surprised, in poem after poem, by the ecstatic.” —Anne Marie Macari

 

The Ghost Network
The Ghost Network

Fiction by Catie Disabato
Paperback; $16.95

“A smart and thorny debut novel… presents the maze of modern culture with all its dead ends and truncations, but reveals treasure to those who walk the path.” —New York Times Book Review

 

The Union Jack
The Union Jack

Fiction by Imre Kertész; translated by Tim Wilkinson
Paperback; $11

“In explaining something of the … importance of Kertész’s subjects and creative achievements, it is hard to convey simultaneously the deftness and vivacity of his writing…” —The Nation

 

Boyfriend Mountain
The Dead All Have the Same Skin

Fiction by Boris Vian; translated by Paul Knobloch
Paperback; $18

“Vian pulps noir by running it through the blender of his rancid post-avant-garde imagination. This book is a brilliant, brutal, page-turner … simultaneously, it is one of the most intelligent novels dealing with race and racism in the United States…” —Stewart Home

 

Disagreeable Tales
Disagreeable Tales

Fiction by Léon Bloy; translated by Erik Butler
Paperback; $16.95

“Léon Bloy is a cathedral gargoyle who pours the waters of heaven down on the good and on the wicked.”—Barbey d’Aurevilly

“His fire is nurtured by the dung-heap of modern times.” Franz Kafka

 

The Sea
The Sea

Fiction by Blai Bonet; translated by M. Relano, M. Tennen
Paperback; $13.95

“A profound and radical descent into the depths of the human soul.” —Gerard de Cortanze
“Sordid and illuminating, beautiful, haunting, poetic, and full of love for its characters.” —Agustí Villaronga

 

The Racial Imaginary
The Racial Imaginary

Anthology of letters from poets; edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap
Paperback; $19.95

“A platform for writers of all kinds to grapple with crucial questions about race and whiteness in the 21st century…” —Maggie Nelson

 

Sleeper Hold
Sleeper Hold

Poetry by Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Paperback; $15.95

“[This] collection of deceptively flippant poems is a jam of ventriloquy and frequencies and the plainest vernacular of our day: celebrity and low-brow entertainment and high aspirations for seeing and knowing, whiteness and blackness and the cryptic laughs available to us….”

 

Boyfriend Mountain
Boyfriend Mountain

Poetry by Kelly Schirmann & Tyler Brewington
Paperback; $15

“Reading Brewington & Schirmann’s split-book Boyfriend Mountain is like the best sleepover ever, that late-night freakout time when the real gets giddy and Truth-or-Dare demands only truth, more truth and forever truth…” —Mathias Svalina

 

Cats and Dogs
Cats and Dogs

Poetry by Andrew James Weatherhead
Paperback; $14

“These are beautiful poems because they’re true. Andrew James Weatherhead writes poems that mock, exalt, and describe, sometimes all in the same poem—they take amazing leaps, but you never feel that the ground has shifted under your feet.” —Matthew Rohrer

 

Short Talks
Short Talks

Poetry by Anne Carson
Paperback; $20

“Brick Books has reprinted an early work by Canada’s most famous (and famously enigmatic) poet … beautiful, sometimes baffling, brilliant.” —David Starkey

 

Raptor
Raptor

Poetry by Andrew Feld
Paperback; $18

“Feld’s poetry dissects violence and imbues it with drama, provoking the reader to feel the pain of betrayal and the futility of forgiveness for something that is already lost.” —Binh Nguyen

 

Dark Green
Dark Green

Poetry by Emily Hunt
Paperback; $17.95

“Emily Hunt is an accomplished lyricist, quiet ethnographer, and kooky observer of inner turbulences. She’s also a remarkable poet who has written a stunning first book…” —Peter Gizzi

 

The Bicycle Year
The Bicycle Year

Poetry by Caroline Cabrera
Paperback; $15.95

“What I love about The Bicycle Year is how it is suffused with duration, how it remembers itself as a way of creating itself, how invested the poetry is in creating an archaeology of time, a predictive fossil record…” —Nate Pritts

 

Splendor
Splendor

Poetry by Emily Bludworth de Barrios
Paperback; $15.95

“Mercilessly and glamorously displays heart and conscience sharp with observation, unflinching, careful, thoughtful and accomplished. This is a rare book, reading it provides such deeply involving occasions to look into one’s own heart.” —Dara Wier

 

Burn It Down
Burn It Down

Poetry by Katie Byrum
Paperback; $14.95

“The language-to-feeling ratio in Katie Byrum’s Burn It Down is just about perfect. Her ear for the music of speech is in sync with her passionate curiosity about the abandonments and fulfillments of domestic love and erotic life.” —Tom Sleigh

 

The Brueghel Moon
The Brueghel Moon

Fiction by Tamaz Chiladze; translated by Maya Kiasashvili
Paperback; $14.95

“A short novel of great psychological insight from an accomplished contemporary writer… Chiladze discloses great insight into the nature of personal relationships…” —Kirkus Reviews

 

Faces in the Crowd
Faces in the Crowd

Fiction by Valeria Luiselli
Paperback; $15.95

“Luiselli’s haunting debut novel … erodes the concrete borders of everyday life with a beautiful, melancholy contemplation of disappearance.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Street of Thieves
Street of Thieves

Fiction by Mathias Énard; translated by Charlotte Mandell
Paperback; $15.95

“A howling elegy for thwarted youth … Énard’s relentless, incisive prose underscores his thesis that ‘men are dogs’ incapable of determining their fate…” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Wild Grass on the Riverbank


Wild Grass on the Riverbank

Poetry by Hiromi Itō; translated by Jeffrey Angles
Paperback; $12

“A challenging linguistic undertaking deftly translated by Jeffrey Angles, this is a stunningly brutal and relentlessly innovative book by Japan’s ‘shamaness of poetry.’” —Lee Ann Roripaugh

 

Skin
Skin

Poetry by Tone Škrjanec; translated by Matthew Rohrer & Ana Pepelnik
Paperback; $17

“These poems are solitary reports from the edge of loneliness.”
—Emily Kendal Frey

 

The Countries We Live In
The Countries We Live In

Poetry by Natan Zach; translated by Peter Everwine
Paperback; $17

“A tenacious ironist, deeply aware of human isolation and the elaborate illusions we construct as our refuges (the refuge of poetry included)….” —Peter Everwine

 

Lemonworld & Other Poems
Lemonworld & Other Poems

Poetry by Carina Finn
Paperback; $15

“How does one read a book with this many hooks? Some may eat it like cake, but I prefer: ‘We’ll fill our mouths with cinnamon now.’ It’s funny, scary and beautiful.” —Johannes Görannson

 

Wastoid
Wastoid

Poetry by Mathias Svalina
Paperback; $14

“These unforgettable poems are full of feverish imagination as well as gorgeous blood currents of anger and mourning that drive Wastoid deep into our consciousness.” —Cathy Park Hong

 

Aphoria
Aphoria

Poetry by Jackie Clark
Paperback; $14.95

“Clark’s attempts to connect the abstract decor of the psyche and the inorganic and organic furnishings of a personal life are bracing and alluring.” —The Huffington Post

 

The Use of Man
The Use of Man

Fiction by Aleksandar Tišma
Paperback; $15.95

“A masterly evocation of fortitude, resignation, turpitude and sheer bloody-minded self-preservation in the face of fear, violent repression, and leaden-jawed dogma.” —The Times (London)

 

Tweaky Village
Tweaky Village

Poetry by Kevin Killian
Paperback; $15

“Kevin Killian’s unparalleled nimbleness with the stuff of our public and privates lives makes him … one of the most ‘continually incandescent’ (to take from Sontag) writers writing today.” —Entropy

 

The Chain of Chance
The Chain of Chance

Fiction by Stanislaw Lem
Paperback; $15.95

“[Lem is] a Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics, from free will to probability theory.” —New York Times Book Review

 

Millennial Teeth
Millennial Teeth

Poetry by Dan Albergotti
Paperback; $15.95

“Albergotti’s poems address the terrors of being—war, madness, cruelty—but with such tenderness and heart that on the last page one is left with hope…” —Barbara Hamby, author of Divine Love

 

The Abundance of Nothing
The Abundance of Nothing

Poetry by Bruce Weigl
Paperback; $16.95

“One has to go back to the poetry of James Wright to find a writer who has used the fallen industrial landscape of the Midwest as effectively as Bruce Weigl…” —The Nation

 

Dan
Dan

Fiction by Joanna Ruocco
Paperback; $16

“This outrageously hilarious book is also a warning against how others will happily use our hope, our empathy, and our imaginations against us … even while they are eating our hot pretzels.” —Drunken Boat

 

The Wallcreeper
The Wallcreeper

Fiction by Nell Zink
Paperback; $16

“Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.” —Jonathan Franzen

 

Nothing
Nothing

Fiction by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon
Paperback; $12

“A marvelously scathing indictment of a generation that has no choice but to burn … a riveting first piece of scripture from our newest prophet of misspent youth.” —Paste

 

Agostino
Agostino

Fiction by Alberto Moravia; translated by Michael F. Moore
Paperback; $14

“Originally published in 1945, this novel about the loss of innocence shines in a new translation. … Perceptive and razor-sharp insights into the agony of adolescence.” —Kirkus starred review

 

Salsa
Salsa

Poetry by Hsia Yü; translated by Steve Bradbury
Paperback; $18

Originally published in Chinese in 1999, Salsa has been Hsia Yü’s most successful collection of poetry, selling thousands of copies in Taiwan and Hong Kong alone.

 

The Elusive Moth
The Elusive Moth

Fiction by Ingrid Winterbach
Paperback; $14.95

“In her latest novel, Ingrid Winterbach is at her best: complex, funny, smart, mischievous, and without equal.” —Beeld

 


The Sailor from Gibraltar
The Sailor from Gibraltar

Fiction by Marguerite Duras
Paperback; $12.95

“[Duras’s] sentences lodge themselves slowly in the reader’s mind until they detonate with all the force of fused feeling and thought.”
—New York Review of Books

 

The Discoverer
The Discoverer

Fiction by Jan Kjaerstad
Paperback; $17.95

“Veering from the broadly comic to the beautifully sad, with detours for deadpan mediations on the ‘Norwegian national character,’ this book is not just big, but big-hearted.” —New York Times

 

Navidad & Matanza


Navidad & Matanza

Fiction by Carlos Labbé
Paperback; $12.95

“What makes Navidad & Matanza great is its ambiguity, its ethereal quality … you wonder if you’ve even read a novel at all.”
—J.T. Mahany, Three Percent

 

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