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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 and featuring young women writers from the Austin community. This month we’ll be celebrating the best kind of love there is: the love of your girl gang! And our I Screamers are FT Kola, Katrina Goudey, and Laura Kraay.
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.
Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every month ’til the end of time.
Join us in celebrating the launch of G F Harper’s first full-length book of poetry, Savage Yard. With readings from G F Harper, Jenna Martin Opperman, and Jim Trainer.
In Savage Yard, G F Harper (above) employs a poetic prose that explores the bewilderment of the human condition. The work is brutally unromantic with glints of hope; often driven by a distinctive dark humor. Harper’s work contemplates common world themes such as roads, travels, and transformation. The images are crisp and ready to be enjoyed.
G F Harper is a writer, painter, and curator for the poetry collective, Chicon Street Poets, based in Austin, Texas. Harper attended Saint Edward’s University for a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing, minor in Psychology. Harper also has an Associate of Arts in English from Austin Community College. His work has been published in La Bloga: On-line Floricanto (2016, California), Raw Paw: Alien (2015, Austin, Texas), Dark Lady Poetry (2012, Los Angeles, California), Refined Savage Poetry Review (2008, USA), Farmhouse Magazine (2009, NYC, NY). Savage Yard is his first full-length book of poetry. Harper currently resides in Austin, Texas. He enjoys painting, traveling, and hiking in his spare time.
Jenna Martin Opperman has a BA in English Literature from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. Despite being published in a wide variety of poetry journals and magazines, she prefers the thrill and terror of performing before a live audience. She works and plays with the printed word every day as an English teacher, as the owner of Red Planet Audiobooks, and as the co-founder of INF Press. Her poetry comes from a place of ferocity, of playfulness, of emotional urgency, and of hope. She loves whisky, revelation, and naps.
All in the wind, Jim Trainer’s third full-length collection of poetry and prose, is out now through Yellow Lark Press. Trainer lives in Austin, performing as a singer songwriter and serving as curator of Going For The Throat, a weekly publication of cynicism, outrage, correspondence and romance.
Join us for a FREE monthly reading series, Malvern’s Multi-Verse, in which we explore the infinite possible (multi)verses of Austin’s boundless poetic universe!
Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, Malvern’s Multi-Verse features readings from guest poets, plus a Q & A session. Space-time might be flat and stretch out infinitely, but Malvern’s Multi-Verse is well-rounded, lasts for about an hour, and includes free cookies! Yes indeed, it’s the best of all possible worlds…
This month we learn more about Pen2Paper, a disability-focused creative writing competition. Pen2Paper gives writers with disabilities a forum where they can share their work and brings awareness to disability issues through the arts. Pen2Paper also challenges all Texans of all ages to think, rethink, and express their stories, perspectives, fears, and discoveries about disability.
The Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest calls upon established writers, novice writers, and writers who don’t yet know they ARE writers to enter pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic narratives to the competition. Each year, entries are evaluated by a panel of volunteer judges, and prizes are awarded to the top entries in each category. Winners and selected honorable mentions are posted to Pen2Paper’s website. Local and state sponsors and volunteers help make the competition possible by contributing their time, expertise, products, services, and energy.
Join us for a night of poetry to celebrate the kick-off of Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service in Austin. With the Dream Delivery Service, Svalina takes subscribers and writes dreams for them every day for a month. The dreams consist of brief prose-poems or flash-fiction. For subscribers in Austin, Svalina will bike around before dawn and deliver dreams every day from 3/5-4/5, leaving them on subscriber’s front doors. For subscribers out of town he will mail the dreams every day. In 2016 and 2017 Svalina is traveling around the country doing the Dream Delivery Service in various cities: Denver, Richmond, Tucson, Marfa, Austin, Chicago, and maybe more.
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.
Our March selection is The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes. First published in 1963, The Expendable Man upends the conventions of the wrong-man narrative to deliver a story that engages readers even as it implicates them in the greatest of all American crimes.
The Expendable Man is one of the great trick novels of crime fiction. Yet to call it that is to belittle it. Its trick is no clever, superimposed bit of literary legerdemain: it is integral to the whole conception of the book. . . . A fine achievement. —H.R.F. Keating, Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books
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.
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 March 4th.
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 a fun and friendly evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities.
Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1m7v4L8.
Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: two published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. And we’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).
This month’s Novel Night features Brittani Sonnenberg and Adeena Reitberger. Brittani will read from her novel Home Leave, which filmmaker Wim Wenders called “a captivating tour de force that follows a nomadic family across generations and continents.”
You’re already familiar with our NYRB Classics Bookclub, in which we read and discuss classic works of fiction… now we’d like to invite you to join The Other Book Club, a brand-new reading group for those of you interested in exploring works from the “Other” section of our store.
Our recently expanded “Other” collection includes ever so eclectic essays, plays, creative non-fiction, memoirs and more. Featuring books like Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travels through the Greek islands and the political tracts of Simone Weil—and let’s not forget Oskar Panizza’s blasphemous essay on the history of the pig!—our non-fiction section is as unusual as the rest of our store.
Our first book will be Patti Smith’s Woolgathering, a small and sublime memoir of her childhood and a moving exploration of her beginnings as an artist.
Capturing moments of her adult life, Smith pares down her prose to a state of vivid impressionism, so enigmatic that even ordinary acts take on spiritual weight. —The Guardian
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 Saturday, March 18th, at 12pm for the inaugural meeting of The Other Book Club.
Please join us at Malvern Books for Fantastical Fictions, an odd-monthly event focusing on the literary fantastic across genres and cultures. This month host Rebecca Schwarz will discuss the novel Chocky by pioneering science-fiction master John Wyndham.
In Chocky, Wyndham takes on an enigma as strange as anything found in his classic works The Day of the Triffids or The Chrysalids—the mind of a child. It’s not terribly unusual for a boy to have an imaginary friend, but Matthew’s parents have to agree that his—nicknamed Chocky—is anything but ordinary. Why, Chocky demands to know, are there twenty-four hours in a day? Why are there two sexes? Why can’t Matthew solve his math homework using a logical system like binary code? When the questions Chocky asks become too advanced and, frankly, too odd for Matthew’s teachers to answer, his parents start to wonder if Chocky might be something far stranger than a figment of their son’s imagination.
Chocky, the last novel Wyndham published during his life, is a playful investigation of what being human is all about, delving into such matters as child-rearing, marriage, learning, artistic inspiration—and it ends with a surprising and impassioned plea for better human stewardship of the earth.
John Wyndham (1903–1969) was the pen name used by the British science-fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris. He began writing for money in 1925, mostly for American periodicals. After working as a government official and corporal operator in the army during World War II, he began writing science-fiction novels. His many works include The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken, The Midwich Cuckoos, Trouble with Lichen, Web, and The Chrysalids (NYRB Classics).
Join us in celebrating the recent release of new titles from poets Miriam Bird Greenberg and Donika Kelly. Miriam will be reading from In the Volcano’s Mouth, which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize; Donika will read from her debut collection, Bestiary, which was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award.
Miriam Bird Greenberg‘s In the Volcano’s Mouth (University of Pittsburgh 2016) won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was written with the support of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Poetry Foundation. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she teaches creative writing and ESL in the San Francisco Bay Area, though she has also crossed the continent aboard freight trains, as a hitchhiker, and by bicycle. She is currently at work on an expansive/unwieldy ethnographic poetry project documenting asylum seekers and economic migrants living in Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions.
Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016), was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2013, she received a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in American literature and film studies. Donika is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a 2004 June Fellow of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her poems have appeared in various journals including West Branch, Indiana Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. Donika is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.
We’re thrilled to be hosting a series of readings as part of the 25th annual Austin International Poetry Festival.
See the Austin International Poetry Festival website for the schedule of readings (TBA).
Join us in celebrating the launch of new books from poets Andrew Wessels and James Meetze, with readings from Andrew and James, plus special guests John Fry and Rebecca Liu. Andrew will be reading from A Turkish Dictionary and James will read from Phantom Hour.
Andrew Wessels currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Istanbul, where he teaches at Koç University. He has previously lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. He has held fellowships from Poets & Writers and the Black Mountain Institute. His first book is A Turkish Dictionary from 1913 Press. Semi Circle, a chapbook of his translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman, was published by Goodmorning Menagerie in 2016. His poems and translations can be found in VOLT, Witness, Tammy Journal, Faultline, and Colorado Review, among others. He is the NOS Series editor at Les Figues Press and a founding editor of The Offending Adam.
James Meetze is the author of I Have Designed This for You and Dayglo, which was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and published by Ahsahta Press. He is editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (FSG, 2010). His work has also appeared in five chapbooks and numerous publications, including AGNI, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, The Rattling Wall, and New American Writing, among others. His third book, Phantom Hour, will be published by Ahsahta Press in March, 2016. He spends his time between Los Angeles and San Diego, where he teaches creative writing and film studies at Ashford University.
John Fry is the author of the chapbook silt will swirl (NewBorder, 2012). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, West Branch, Water~Stone Review, and The Laurel Review, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Texas State University. He serves as a poetry editor for Newfound Journal, and he is an assistant instructor and PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Rebecca Liu’s recent poems can be found in Boston Review, VOLT, Web Conjunctions, and Gulf Coast.
We’re thrilled to be hosting a series of readings as part of the 25th annual Austin International Poetry Festival. Details TBA.
In celebration of Caits Meissner’s new poetry collection, Let It Die Hungry, join us for a reading with Caits, plus special guests Ebony Stewart and Amanda Johnston.
In this world where so many things are uncertain, shaky, volatile, Let It Die Hungry does not offer easy solutions, but builds upon the idea that to affect change, one must look inward and learn from the infinities of the self before pointing our human tentacles outward. It is an inspiration for what a book can do and I argue there needs to be more literature like this, now more than ever. Literature that calls the world out, holds it in the light, and demands the reader do the work too. Oh, and did I mention the artwork? It’s pretty dope too. —M.K. Rainey, 3:AM Magazine
New York City-based Caits Meissner (center, above) is the author of the multidisciplinary poetry book Let It Die Hungry, and The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, co-written with poet Tishon Woolcock. Her award-winning work has been widely published in journals and anthologies. Caits serves as Writer-in-Residence at Bronx Academy of Letters, facilitates classes at the transgender unit of Manhattan Detention Center and is part-time faculty at The New School University and CUNY. Her current projects include writing with ReEmergent Theatre, a company in collaboration with people emerging from prison, and you can find her touring her new book in public venues, as well as prisons across America. She is completing her MFA at City College of New York.
Ebony Stewart (left, above) is an international touring artist, poet, writer, occasional slammer. Been on some teams. Coached a lot of teams. Won a bunch of awards. Been featured in a bunch of articles, journals, and magazines. Ate a lot of cupcakes. She. Her. Woman. So black she be magic. Ebony Stewart aka The Gully Princess, story of the black girl winning.
Amanda Johnston (right, above) earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.
Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: two published writers will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. And we’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).
This month’s Novel Night is something rather special: Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department will be introducing us to the two winners of their 2015 Balcones Prize: writer Margaret Malone, whose debut short story collection People Like You won the Fiction Prize; and Michael Wiegers, editor of What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, which won the Poetry Prize.
In Margaret Malone’s debut story collection, characters in the thick of everyday experience absent of epiphanies, are caught off-guard or cast adrift by personal impulses even while wide awake to their own imperfections. Final judge John Blair called the book ‘a masterfully minimalist collection of lives lived poorly but with the best of intentions. Her stories are powerful, sad, and plain-spoken, and this debut collection takes the normative-yet-desperate circuits of the day-to-day that Bobbie Anne Mason and Frederick Barthelme brought to the forefront of American short fiction and makes them both new again and powerfully affecting. These are marvelous and worthy stories, and very much deserving of recognition.’
Malone’s writing has appeared in The Missouri Review, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Coal City Review, Propeller Quarterly, The Timberline Review, Swink, Nailed and latimes.com. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and Literary Arts, two Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grants, and residencies at The Sitka Center and Soapstone. Malone has a degree in Philosophy from Humboldt State University and has taught creative writing as a visiting artist at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She lives with her husband filmmaker Brian Padian and two children in Portland, where she co-hosts the artist and literary gathering SHARE. (Photo by Sabina Poole.)
Michael Wiegers is poetry editor of Narrative Magazine and executive editor of Copper Canyon Press. His previous titles include This Art, The Poet’s Child and Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (co-edited with Monica de la Torre).
In tandem with a workshop they’re leading at the Fusebox Festival on Sunday, April 16th, Ayden LeRoux and Abraham Burickson offer a reading from their book Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One (Princeton Architectural Press). Odyssey Works infiltrates the life of one person at a time to create a custom-tailored, life-altering performance. It may last for one day or a few months and consists of experiences that blur the boundaries of life and art. The book uses a performance for Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm, to discuss the broader ideas of their creative and collaborative work. Ayden and Abraham will read from portions of the book and discuss the ideas within, along with holding a question and answer session with the audience.
Ayden LeRoux is an artist, writer, critic, and educator. She is the author of Odyssey Works: Transformative Experiences for an Audience of One, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2016, and Isolation and Amazement, published by Samsara Press in 2012. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Public Books, Cosmonauts Avenue, Theo Westenberger Estate, Works & Conversations, and Emergent Art Space. She is a regular contributor to Glasstire. LeRoux’s photography, performance, installation, and video work often incorporates text and has been exhibited in China, Cuba, Greece, and throughout the United States. She has had solo exhibitions at IDIO Gallery and Flux Factory in New York. She was an artist in residence at the ACE Hotel, Flux Factory, and with the Alaskan Parks and Recreation Department. LeRoux collaborates frequently and is the Assistant Director of Odyssey Works, an interdisciplinary performance group that studies the life of one individual and makes immersive, durational experiences for that person. Odyssey Works has been featured by Newsweek, the New York Times, ArtInfo, BOMB, Hyperallergic, the Marina Abramovic Institute, Vulture, NPR’s Studio 360, Fast Company, and San Francisco Magazine. She has been a Visiting Artist, lectured, and led workshops at the Brooklyn Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Fordham University, and Battersea Centre for the Arts, among others.
Abraham Burickson is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Works. Burickson was trained in architecture; his work spans writing, design, and performance.
This event is co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers.
Join us in celebrating the launch of Deborah Clearman’s short story collection, Concepción and the Baby Brokers (Rain Mountain Press), which features nine thematically linked stories set largely in Guatemala.
This collection brings to life characters struggling with universal emotions and dilemmas in a place unfamiliar to most Americans. From the close-knit community of Todos Santos to the teeming danger of Guatemala City, to a meat-packing plant in Michigan and the gardens of Washington DC, Deborah Clearman shows us the human cost of international adoption, drug trafficking, and immigration. With searing humanity, Clearman exposes the consequences of American exceptionalism, and the daily magic and peril that inform and shape ordinary lives.
Deborah Clearman is the author of a novel Todos Santos, from Black Lawrence Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals. She is the former Program Director for NY Writers Coalition, and she teaches creative writing in such nontraditional venues as senior centers, public housing projects, and the jail for women on Rikers Island. She lives in New York City and Guatemala.
Join us for a reading from acclaimed poets Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack. Steve will read from Dark Ladies, an explosive meditation on death and laughter cast as both a Menippean masque and a user’s guide to the tragi-comic. Karen will read from various works, including Implexures.
Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award and is twice recipient of the Gertrude Stein Prize for Innovative Writing. He is the author of over 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism. An ample selection of his poetic explorations in numerous forms can be savoured in the two volumes of Seven Pages Missing (Coach House Press). As well as Panotpicon, Tatterdemalion (Veer Books UK), Alice in Plunderland (Book Thug), Revanches (Xexoxial), and Parsival (Rook). His book-object-concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. A founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsmen, TRG (Toronto Research Group) and the College of Canadian Pataphysics and long-time resident of Toronto, he is now David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo.
Karen Mac Cormack (born Luanshya, Zambia, 1956) is a contemporary experimental poet. She holds dual British/Canadian citizenship, and lived for many years in Toronto; more recently, she moved to Buffalo, New York, when her husband, the poet Steve McCaffery, was hired by SUNY-Buffalo for the David Gray Chair. Mac Cormack is the author of Straw Cupid (1987), Quirks & Quillets (1991), Marine Snow (1995), The Tongue Moves Talk (1997), At Issue (2001), Vanity Release (2003) and Implexures (part one, 2003; full-length publication, 2009), as well as a collaboration with the British poet Alan Halsey, Fit to Print (2003). Though she was not directly part of the Language movement, her work shows many affinities with it, in its use of disjunctiveness at a within-sentence and between-sentence level, and in her interest in the interrogation of cultural norms and ideologies through the skeptical reworking of “found” materials and genres. In Fit to Print, for instance, the poems mimic and distort the format and themes of a typical daily newspaper, while in At Issue the poems are quarried from the pages of women’s fashion and beauty magazines. The prose pieces in the recent project Implexures are somewhat atypical in their use of biographical and autobiographical materials, especially a series of letters written from a variety of Mediterranean locations by an unnamed female traveller (possibly to be identified with the author, possibly not).