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Novel Night with Amanda Downum, Marshall Ryan Maresca & Yasser Bahjatt
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: published authors will read from their work and there’ll be an audience Q & A. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).

Novel Night

This month’s Novel Night has a SciFi/Fantasy/Speculative twist, and features a trifecta of talented writers: Amanda Downum, Marshall Ryan Maresca, and Yasser Bahjatt (left to right, below).

Amanda, Marshall, Yasser

Amanda Downum is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles—The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of Dust—published by Orbit Books, and Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and elsewhere. She lives in Austin, TX. Her day job sometimes involves dressing up as a giant worm.

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels: The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue and the upcoming Holver Alley Crew. His work also appeared in the Norton Hint Fiction anthology and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He has also had several short plays produced.

Yasser Bahjatt is a US-born author, translator, software developer, entrepreneur, and co founder of Yatakhayaloon: The League of Arabic SciFiers, as well as the co-founder of ARIA (Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array) Logistics. He holds a BA in Computer Engineering, completed Cambridge University’s MOSAIC leadership and management program in the United Kingdom, and was the first Saudi graduate of Singularity University (SU) in Silicon Valley, CA, where he founded Matternet, a project which aims to alleviate poverty and accelerate growth through roadless transportation networks. Bahjatt manages business development at Quad Dimensions Tech, owns and manages E2T (the leading eSports company of Saudi Arabia) and data networking provider Intelligent Networks’ Components (INC, Saudi Arabia’s first local internet gaming service), and promotes innovations in eSports by serving as president of the Electronic Sports International Federation (eSIF). Bahjatt was the first to translate TED talks into Arabic; he translates for TED conferences worldwide. He is the author of Yaqteena: The Old World (2015), the first installment and English translation of his SciFi novel series, which explore an alternate historical timeline in which major historical events left Islamic society untouched. Bahjatt co-authored and translated the Saudi Arabia best-selling novel HWJN.

Mike Lala Book Launch
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Mike Lala’s Exit Theater, which won the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry. With readings from Mike Lala and Rebecca Liu.

Selected by Tyrone Williams for the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, Exit Theater casts classical elegy, with dazzling formal innovation, into a staggering work of contemporary, political polyphony. Through monologues, performance scripts, and poems of exquisite prosody, Mike Lala examines the human figure—as subject and object, enemy and ally—in the context of a progressively defigured and hostile world. Catullus, Shakespeare, Cy Twombly, and Lydia Delectorskaya echo across engagements with Israeli generals, accused terrorists, State Department employees, nuclear scientists, Saturday Night Live actors, war criminals, malware, and a host of mythic, literary, and half-extant spectral characters. Amid the cacophony, Lala implicates every actor, including himself, in a web of shared culpability vis-à-vis consumerism, representation, speaking, writing, and making art against the backdrop of the endless, open wars of a post–Cold War, post-2001 era. Exit Theater is a debut of and against its time—a book about war, art, and what it means to make art in a time of war.

This is a remarkable book—sprawling, generous, angry, delicate. Through borrowed language and staged dialogues, Exit Theater asks how individual experiences of violence combine with myth to create the collective present, where we peer out from the ‘gun cabinet.’ A gun cabinet is a scary place from which to act as friend, to act as lover, to talk to family ghosts. Lala’s book tears open the velvet cushioning. —Cathy Wagner

Mike Lala

Mike Lala (b. 1987, Lubbock, TX) is a poet who works with text, recorded sound, and, occasionally, images. His first book, Exit Theater, was selected by Tyrone Williams for the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Current work can be found in Boston Review, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, The Awl, and VOLT, as well as a number of chapbooks, most recently In the Gun Cabinet (TAR 2016) and Twenty-Four Exits (Present Tense Pamphlets 2016). He lives in New York. (Author photo credit: Kate Enman.)

Rebecca LiuRebecca Liu is the recipient of fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers and the Stadler Center for Poetry. Her recent poems can be found in Boston Review, VOLTWeb Conjunctions, The AwlPhantom Limb and Gulf Coast.

Texas Poetry Calendar Reading
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Texas Poetry CalendarFor nineteen years, the Austin reading for the Texas Poetry Calendar has been the culmination of the fall calendar readings for Dos Gatos Press. This year’s reading will feature poets sharing Texas-related work, including their poems from the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar (edited by Wade Martin and Allyson Whipple).

Austin Writers Roulette
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Austin Writers Roulette is an uncensored, theme-inspired spoken word and storytelling event. It features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, spoken word, singer-songwriting, or excerpts from novels for 5-8 minutes (1200 words or fewer). Interested artists who would like to perform for an upcoming event can email their submission to Or you can show up during the day of the event and sign up for the open mic after all the featured artists perform. And of course, performance art lovers are always welcome!

This month’s theme is “Tangled Webs.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.


Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Dec 15 @ 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.

I Scream Social: Ugly Sweater Party
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get your cones ready for another round of Malvern Books’ FREE reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld and Schandra Madha. This month is our special annual holiday edition! Ugly sweaters strongly encouraged!

Featuring young women writers from the Austin community, this month’s I Screamers are Aimee Mackovic, Sequoia Maner, Mónica Teresa Ortiz, and Amanda Johnston

And did we mention the free cool confections from Amy’s Ice Cream & Sweet Ritual?

~7pm – Ice cream & Open Mic. Bring old stuff, new stuff, silly stuff, whatever stuff. Just read stuff to us.

~The featured reading begins after the open mic and will be followed by even more ice cream.

Malvern Books will also be having its annual holiday gift card promotion: Get a free $10 gift card with every $50 purchase. They make great stocking stuffers!

Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every month ’til the end of time.

I Scream

B & C Book Club
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 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

Albert Huffstickler Birthday Celebration
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading and birthday cake to celebrate the late, great poet laureate of Hyde Park: Albert Huffstickler.

Albert HuffsticklerAlbert Huffstickler (December 17, 1927 – February 25, 2002) was born in Laredo, Texas, but he lived in Austin in his later years, and became a local literary legend. You could usually find him in a café in Hyde Park, decked out in suspenders, smoking, drinking coffee, and working on a poem. (Rumor has it he wrote a poem a day, and his impressive publication record—four full-length collections, plus hundreds of poems published in chapbooks and journals—lends veracity to the story.) He was a two-time winner of the Austin Book Awards, and in 1989 the state legislature formally honored him for his contribution to Texas poetry. In May 2013 a new Hyde Park green space at the corner of 38th and Duval Streets was named Huffstickler Green in his honor. Huff was a friend and inspiration to many, and everyone who knew him talks of his kindness, his honesty, and his passionate support for local literature. Austin Community College English professor W. Joe Hoppe, who will be reading tonight, describes his friend and mentor as “a great encourager of poetry.”

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 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 afternoon suitable for performers of all ages and abilities.

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

Lion & Pirate

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb Book Launch
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Vanessa Jimenez Gabb’s debut poetry collection, Images of Radical Politics (Rescue Press). With readings from Vanessa, Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Ryan Bender Murphy, and Kimberly Lambright.

Images for Radical Politics

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb (above left) is the author of Images for Radical Politics (above right), which was the Editor’s Choice in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize contest; and the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in TimeOut New York, jubilat, Brooklyn Poets, VIDA Women in Literary Arts, Sixth Finch, Word Riot, The Atlas Review, Big Lucks, among other places. She received her MFA in Poetry from CUNY Brooklyn College and is from and lives in Brooklyn.

EmilyEmily Bludworth de Barrios is the author of Splendor, a book of poems from H_NGM_N Books. She’s also published two chapbooks: Women, Money, Children, Ghosts, from Sixth Finch, and Extraordinary Power, from Factory Hollow Press. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Jellyfish, New Delta Review, Sixth Finch, and Tender. Emily was born in Houston and raised in Egypt, the United States, and Venezuela; she currently lives in Houston.

RyanRyan Bender Murphy‘s chapbook, First Man on Mars, was published by Phantom Books in 2013. His other work has recently been published in Better, The Boiler, Cartridge Lit, Country Music, Deluge, Everyday Genius, and Hobart. He has started a journal called Hardly Doughnuts.

KimberlyKimberly Lambright studied critical theory at NYU and creative writing at Eastern Washington University. Her debut poetry collection, Ultra-Cabin, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. She is a MacDowell fellow, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Columbia Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, Sink Review, Bone Bouquet, The Boiler, Wicked Alice, Big Bridge, and The Burnside Review. She lives in Austin and is at work on her second book, Doom Glove.

An Evening with Micah Bateman, Katy Chrisler & Paula Cisewski
Dec 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Micah Bateman, Katy Chrisler, and Paula Cisewski (left to right, below).

Micah, Katy, Paula

Micah Bateman is the author of a chapbook, Polis, from The Catenary Press. He is the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Award and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has been anthologized in New Poetry from the Midwest; The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder; and Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics. He is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Texas-Austin, where he works as an editor on the online Walt Whitman Archive.

Katy Chrisler received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has held residencies with the Land Arts of the American West program and 100 West Corsicana. Recent work of hers has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Octopus Magazine, The Volta, LVNG and The Seattle Review. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Paula Cisewski’s third poetry collection, The Threatened Everything, will be released in 2016 through Burnside Review Books. Her other books include Ghost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and the lyric prose chapbook Misplaced Sinister. She has been awarded fellowships from the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches, both academically and privately, and curates artful literary events in the Twin Cities, sometimes in a tiny fort. 

Malvern Books’ Club: Reading Classics from New York Review Books
Jan 7 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Welcome to Malvern Books’ Club: Reading Classics from New York Review Books, hosted (on most occasions) by Malvern’s own curmudgeon-in-chief, Dr. Joe. Everyone is invited to join us for what we’re sure will be a series of irreverent and insightful conversations.

LovingOur January selection is Loving by Henry Green. Set in the vast hereditary house of an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family, Loving explores the deeply precarious nature of ordinary life against the background of the larger world at war.

Loving is a classic upstairs-downstairs story, with the emphasis on downstairs…Green’s generosity towards even the most scheming and rascally of them offers a lesson you never forget.

—Richard Lacayo, Time

The NYRB Classics series started in 1999 with the publication of A High Wind in Jamaica and by the end of this year over 400 titles will be in print—so we have plenty of excellent reading material to choose from. The series includes nineteenth-century and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, established classics and cult favorites, and literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. Literature in translation also constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, including new translations of canonical figures such as Euripides, Aeschylus, Dante, Balzac, Nietzsche, and Chekhov, as well as fresh translations of Stefan Zweig, Robert Walser, Alberto Moravia, and Curzio Malaparte, among others.

Book Club

How it works:

Stop by Malvern Books to sign up and you’ll receive a 10% discount off the title! Read the book and then come to the meeting prepared with either a question or specific passage to discuss with the group. We’ll look forward to seeing you on January 7th.

Fantastical Fictions Presents: Greg Hrbek
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Malvern Books for Fantastical Fictions, an odd-monthly event focusing on the literary fantastic across genres and cultures hosted by Rebecca Schwarz and Chris Brown. We bring together writers and readers of fantastic literature in Austin by featuring published writers reading from new works and from examples of fantastic literature available on our shelves. Discussion and Q&A sessions will follow the readings.

This month’s guest is Greg Hrbek, author of the acclaimed novel Not on Fire, but Burning.

Not on FireWith Not on Fire, but Burning, Hrbek has crafted something audacious: A novel that operates simultaneously as apocalyptic alarmism, brain-bending quantum fiction, character-driven drama and gripping mystery. It’s as poignant as it is perplexing and profound. —Jason Heller, NPR