All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.

B & C Book Club
Sep 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

“We read all types, we take all types. Aim to keep things light and fun.” Hosted by Jon Meador. Please visit Austin Book Club for more information.

Book Club

An Afternoon with Sarah Webb, David Meischen & Carol Hamilton
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with poets Sarah Webb, David Meischen, and Carol Hamilton.

SarahSarah Webb edited poetry for twelve years for Crosstimbers (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma). She co-edits the Zen arts magazine Just This for the Austin Zen Center and serves on the editorial committee of All Roads Will Lead You Home. Her work is currently appearing in A Ritual to Read to Each Other: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, The Enigmatist, Blue Hole, Persimmon Tree, Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, Portland State ReadAround (, and The Texas Poetry Calendar. Her collection Black (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award.

DavidDavid Meischen has been writing poetry and teaching the writing of poetry for thirty years. He has had poems in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Borderlands, Cider Press Review, and other journals, as well as Two Southwests (Virtual Artists Collective, 2008), which features poets from the Southwest of China and the United States. Meischen has participated in four collaborative poetry and art shows, most recently Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest (Phoenix, AZ, Obliq Art, 2014). Also a fiction writer, Meischen has recent stories in The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, The Evansville Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in Mainstream Fiction, 2011, and the Talking Writing Fiction Contest, 2012, he has finished a novel in stories and is currently seeking an agent. Meischen is a co-founder and Managing Editor of Dos Gatos Press; he lives in Austin, TX, with his husband—also his co-publisher and co-editor—Scott Wiggerman.

CarolCarol Hamilton is a former elementary school teacher in Connecticut, Indiana and Oklahoma, the last twelve years in a school for gifted children. She taught in the English departments of a community college and on the graduate faculty at The University of Central Oklahoma. She has been a translator at a clinic for women and children for 20 years and translates for medical teams to Latino countries. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007. She has published 16 books: children’s novels, legends, and poetry. She has won a Southwest Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, Cherubim Award, Chiron Review Chapbook Award, Pegasus Award, David Ray Poetry Prize, the Byline Literary Awards for both short story and poetry, and the Warren Keith Poetry Prize. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize. She has a soon-to-be-released book of poetry titled SUCH DEATHS.

W. Joe’s Poetry Corner with Lyman Grant
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presenting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, in which our host W. Joe Hoppe interviews a poet, who will then give a reading and answer questions from audience members. This month, Joe will play host to Lyman Grant: poet, intrepid traveler, and the Dean of Arts & Humanities of Austin Community College.

Lyman GrantLyman is the author of three volumes of poetry, one chapbook, and two textbooks. He has also edited two books relating to Texas literature. His articles and essays have appeared in the Texas Observer, Texas Humanist, Texas Books and Review, Dallas Morning News, and Langdon Review, among others. Lyman recently returned to Austin after spending a year on the road visiting 47 states with his family in a 34-foot RV.


Pterodáctilo Bilingual Poetry Reading
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

PteroJoin us for a bilingual poetry reading from the writers and editors of Pterodáctilo, an online journal run by graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese at UT Austin.

Tu revista prehistórica digital favorita te invita a reunirte con los editores y escritores de Pterodáctilo este día Viernes 26 de Septiembre a eso de las 6:00 pm. en una Fiesta de Tamales y Poesía de dimensiones antediluvianas! en Malvern Books, Austin.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Join us for this fun and friendly evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities!

Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here:

Lion and Pirate Open Mic

Banned Books Week Presentation
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In honor of Banned Books Week, we’re teaming up with the Media Law Resource Center to host a discussion on censorship’s effects on First Amendment rights.

Banned Books Week

The Censorship Presentation touches upon various types of regulation and censorship relating to both everyday individuals and the press, discussing schools, universities, online issues, television, radio and international variations. This presentation will be given by lawyer Stacy Allen, a partner at Jackson Walker, and will also include an overview of Banned Books Week, including the event’s history and some more recent well-known challenges to books. There will be an opportunity for an audience Q&A following the talk.

An Evening with Timothy Donnelly & Cecily Parks
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Timothy Donnelly and Cecily Parks.

Timothy DonnellyTimothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His chapbook Hymn to Life was recently published by Factory Hollow Press and with John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets, published by Minus A Press in 2012. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, Harper’s, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, as well as fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Cecily Parks’s first collection of poems, Field Folly Snow, was a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second collection, O’Nights, will be published by Alice James Books in April. She lives in Austin and teaches at Texas State University.

An Afternoon with Scott Wiggerman, Elizabeth Raby & Joyce Gullickson
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of readings with poets Scott Wiggerman, Elizabeth Raby, and Joyce Gullickson.

Scott Wiggerman, Elizabeth Raby, and Joyce Gullickson

Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Presence and Vegetables and Other Relationships, and the editor of several volumes, including Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, and the brand new Wingbeats II. Recent poems have appeared in Decades Review, Frogpond, Pinyon Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and the anthologies This Assignment Is So Gay, Forgetting Home: Poems about Alzheimer’s, and The Queer South. He is chief editor for Dos Gatos Press in Austin, Texas, publisher of the Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its seventeenth year.

Elizabeth Raby is the author of a four-generation memoir in prose and poetry, Ransomed Voices (Red Mountain Press, 2013), three full-length poetry collections, including This Woman (finalist for a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award), and four chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in many journals and several anthologies. She received the Elmer Kelton Award for poetry from Angelo State University in 2010. Raby has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2000. She was a poet-in-the-schools for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania arts councils and received her MA (Creative Writing) from Temple University.

Joyce Gullickson is a registered nurse and poet whose poems and chapbooks attempt to connect us, and wake us up to the world in all of its beauty. She co-edits The Enigmatist and Blue Hole. Her poems have appeared in The Map of Austin, Di-verse-City, Sunscripts and the San Antonio Express News. Her chapbooks include Against All Odds, What If, and Who’s Keeping Count.

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Finnegans Wake Reading Group of Austin is a monthly get-together to dive into the depths of James Joyce’s greatest, weirdest, and most notorious masterpiece.

The process is to take turns reading aloud from the text, which allows its musicality to flow forth. Then we all discuss our interpretations and the many meanings and themes contained within the selection we’ve read.

We’ll read 2 or 3 pages of the book, depending on how many people are there and how much time we spend discussing the content.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of Joyce or Finnegans Wake is required, just have an open mind—and be prepared to read aloud in front of strangers.

For more information, please visit the reading group’s website.

Finnegans Wake

A representation of the book’s structure by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

An Evening with Bayard Godsave
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writer Bayard Godsave.

Bayard GodsaveBayard Godsave has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Moorhead; in 2008 he received his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and currently he is an Assistant Professor, teaching writing and English literature at Cameron University in Oklahoma. His work has appeared in the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Another Chicago Magazine, Florida Review, Pleiades, Cimarron ReviewEvansville Review, The Gettysburg Review, and is forthcoming from This Land Press. Bayard’s story “00:02:36:58,” which originally appeared in Carolina Quarterly in 2005, was included in 2006 in Flash Fiction Forward, an anthology of short short fiction published by WW Norton. He has co-edited American Fiction Vol. 11 (New Rivers Press), as well as the forthcoming Vol. 12 of the same series. His first collection of short stories, Lesser Apocalypses, was published in 2012 by Queen’s Ferry Press. His second collection, a pair of novellas titled Torture Tree, was published by Queen’s Ferry Press in 2014. He is currently at work on a novel set in rural, southwestern Oklahoma in the early 1930s.