• All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
  • All events are FREE to attend unless otherwise specified.
  • For footage and recaps of past events, check out our YouTube channel and blog.
Malvern Staff Reading & Book Tour Kickoff
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of Becoming the Virgin, the debut poetry collection from Malvernite Taylor Jacob Pate. Featuring readings from Taylor and assorted Malvern staff members, including Fernando Flores, Schandra Madha, Matthew Hodges, and Stephanie Goehring.

Becoming the Virgin

DEAR Texas Presents the Best of Texas Association of Authors
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Texas Association of Authors’ fifth annual Book Awards Contest. We’ll have readings and book signings with the winners, including:

Fairy Tale Fiction – Heart by CM Bratton
Sci-Fi Fiction Series – Evriskon Series by CM Bratton
Mystery Fiction – The Sisters Series by Becki Willis
Suspense Fiction – Forgotten Boxes by Becki Willis
Poetry – Poetry with a Purpose by Jerome Dolenz
Political Fiction – The Contest by Bennett Easton
Sci-Fi Fiction – New Territory by Larry Morris
Women’s Fiction – Johnnie Comes Lately by Kathleen Rodgers
Biography Fiction – Home at Last by Jan Sikes
General Fiction – Yarning by R C Knipstein
Romance – Dark Lord of Kismera by Tamara Hartl
Fantasy Fiction – Gods of Arcadia: Son of Aries (Book Two) by Andrea Stehle

Texas Association of Authors

Fantastical Fictions with Stina Leicht
May 5 @ 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 plan to 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, Q&A sessions, and open mic for works in progress will follow the readings.

Please email us to sign up for our Fantastical Fictions email list if you’d like to receive news about our upcoming fantastic literature events, as well as announcements about new works of fantastic literature in the store.

This month we’re thrilled to welcome writer Stina Leicht to our stage.

Stina L

Stina Leicht is a two-time Campbell Award nominee for Best New Writer and a Crawford Award finalist. Her latest novel, Cold Iron, debuted in July 2015 with Simon and Schuster’s Saga imprint. Two other Fantasy novels, Of Blood and Honey and its sequel, And Blue Skies from Pain, are set in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Her Feminist essays were featured in the Hugo Award winning Women Destroy Science Fiction! Issue of Lightspeed Magazine. She is currently working on her newest novel, Blackthorne, a sequel to Cold Iron set to be published in the summer of 2017.

Pterodáctilo Poetry & Ptamale Party
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a celebration hosted by Pterodáctilo, the bilingual journal and blog run by graduate students in UT Austin’s department of Spanish and Portuguese. This bilingual event will feature poetry readings… and tamales!

Readers/performers include:

Ignacio Carvajal Regidor (poet)
Judith Santopietro (poet)
Jaime Perez Gonzalez (poet)
Nicolas Emilfork (guitar)


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

Great Granny WebsterWelcome 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 May selection is Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood, a macabre, mordantly funny novel that reveals the gothic craziness behind the scenes in the great houses of the aristocracy, as witnessed through the unsparing eyes of an orphaned teenage girl. If you want to take part in this lively literary adventure, stop by the store, sign up, buy yourself a copy, and get reading. And if you’d like to receive reminders concerning our upcoming book club offerings, email us and we’ll sign you up!

As gripping as a whodunit. There are passages like passages in a strange house: when they turn a corner, something unexpectedly shocking comes into sight. It is also very funny, and the characters are vividly eccentric—or just plain vivid: Blackwood’s writing never merely trundles along.
— The Times Literary Supplement

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 May 7th.

Hothouse Literary Journal Release Party
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of the latest issue of Hothouse Literary Journal.

Hothouse Literary Journal is the official journal for the UT English Department. They publish poetry, nonfiction, and fiction stories from multiple genres every year. The release event consists of readings from the published authors and a chance to own a free copy of Hothouse.


Mother’s Day Reading with Revolution Writing Workshop
May 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This all-women reading features writers from the Revolution Writing Workshop led by Abe Louise Young. Join us for poetry and prose about mothering, queer and straight parenting, being mothered and unmothered, sex, Mother Earth, river otters and more!

Featuring Abe Louise Young, Angeliska Polachek, Beth Remsburg, Erin Flynn, Jack Darling, Jamie Harris, Margaux Binder, Margaret Halpin, Robin Bradford, Susannah Frischman-Phillips, Tonya Lyles, Vive Griffith, and Melynda Nuss.

Mothers Day

Austin Writers Roulette
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Austin Writers Roulette features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who love to 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 “Saying the Magic Words.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.


ACC Creative Writing Literary Release Party
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of the Spring 2016 edition of Austin Community College’s journal, The Rio ReviewStudents featured in this issue will share their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with us.

The Rio Review

Novel Night with Gudjon Bergmann & Richard Lee Price
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the seventeenth event in our Novel Night series, 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. We’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles and invite questions from the audience. Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).

Novel Night

This month’s readers will be Gudjon Bergmann, who will be reading from The Meditating Psychiatrist Who Tried to Kill Himself, and Richard Lee Price, who will be reading from

Gudjon Bergmann

Gudjon Bergmann is a veteran nonfiction author and novelist. The Meditating Psychiatrist Who Tried to Kill Himself is his debut novel and was inspired by an acquaintance’s suicide attempt more than fifteen years ago. In addition to being a mystery, the book challenges many of the ideas and stereotypes that people associate with meditation and spirituality. Bergmann was born and raised in Iceland, but moved to the USA in 2010 and became a US citizen in 2013. He publishes a new short story on his website every Friday (look for the #fridayshort).

Richard Lee Price

Richard Price is a musician and professor who lives in Austin. Troubadours draws on his experiences playing salsa in the live music capital of the world and his travels in Mexico. Troubadours is, in many respects, a love song to Austin and the Hill Country.

Three Texas Novelists at Malvern Books
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading with three acclaimed Texas novelists, Mary Helen Specht, Elizabeth Harris, and Thomas McNeely.

Three Texas Novelists

Mary Helen Specht’s novel, Migratory Animals, is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Indie Next Selection, and an Austin-American Statesman Selects book—and a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for First Fiction. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Dobie Paisano Fellow.

Elizabeth Harris’s novel, Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award and an Austin Chronicle Top Read of 2015, is a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. Her first collection of stories, The Ant Generator, was winner of the University of Iowa Press John Simmons Prize. She taught fiction writing and modern literature for a number of years at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas H. McNeely’s first novel, Ghost Horse, was winner of the 2014 Gival Press Novel Award. Library Journal described Ghost Horse “as if Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson teamed up to write a 1970’s Texas YA novel that went off the rails somewhere—in a very, very good way.” McNeely has received fellowships from the Dobie Paisano Program, the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Emerson College and the Stanford Online Writers Workshop. He will be teaching a workshop on revising fiction, “Losing Yourself, Finding Your Voice: The Art of Revision,” at the Writers’ League of Texas on Saturday, May 14th.

B & C Book Club
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 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

Borderlands: Issue 44 Launch Party
May 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review! Readers include: featured poet Sam Sax, Cindy Huyser, Cindy King, and Ann A. Philips.


Cover artwork: Wild Horses by Donna Sharrett

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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 evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities.

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

Lion & Pirate

Singing in the Airport with Don Paul
May 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with writer and musician Don Paul, who will share with us prose, poems, and songs from his one new book (Animals Are Always Making Music) and four new albums!

Don Paul

Tony Burnett & Carlotta Stankiewicz Book Launches
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of two new books: Tony Burnett’s The Reckless Hope of Scoundrels – selected poems 1985-2015 and Carlotta Stankiewicz’s Haiku Austin (love song to Austin / in 17 syllables / wonderful and weird).

Tony BEducated at University of North Texas, Tony Burnett is an award-winning poet, journalist, activist, and songwriter. His poetry and short fiction have been published in national literary magazines and anthologies including Sixfold, Connotation Press, Short Story America, Frontier Tales, Texas Poetry Calendar, Poetry @ Round Top anthology, Tidal Basin Review, Red Dirt Review and Toucan Literary Magazine. He is Editor in Chief of Scribe, the online blog of the Writers’ League of Texas with over 6000 subscribers, and serves as Board President of the Writers’ League of Texas. He makes his home in rural central Texas near Temple with his trophy wife, Robin. His hobbies include poking wasp nests with short sticks and wandering aimlessly about.

Haiku Austin

Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz is an Austin-based writer and poet. She has performed in Austin’s Listen To Your Mother Show (2012) and recently read her piece “The Salon” at Austin’s One Page Salon on March 2, 2016. Her blog features both humorous rhyming verse and free verse. A single mom of two teenage daughters, she funds their activities by working as an advertising Creative Director, most recently at GSD&M, for national brands like Zales, AT&T, and John Deere. Haiku Austin is her first book, and features both her poetry and her photography.

An Afternoon with Brandon Lamson & Brian Nicolet
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with poets Brandon Lamson and Brian Nicolet.

Brandon LamsonBrandon Dean Lamson teaches literature and creative writing in the Honors College at the University of Houston. His first book, Starship Tahiti, won the Juniper Prize for Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Beginning on Rikers Island, the book traces a creation myth in reverse, moving from prison to the spacious arches of Grand Central Station and finally to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Themes of violence, race, and identity are explored in various real and imagined settings where inmates read Antigone, Howlin’ Wolf sings in a black barbershop, and Metallica records burn on a Viking altar. He is also the author of a chapbook entitled Houston Gothic (LaMunde Press, 2007) and his recent work has appeared in Poetry Daily, Brilliant Corners, NO INFINITE, Synecdoche, and Buddhadharma Quarterly. An avid yogi, he teaches meditation and leads workshops in yoga and poetry. Currently, he is finishing a second book of poems titled Mountains Walking that explores ecological crises in Western Appalachia and a memoir based on his prison teaching experience titled Caged.  

Brian NBrian Nicolet holds an MFA from the University of Houston and has received scholarships to Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. His poems and reviews have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, and Subtropics, among other publications. He works and teaches at Austin Community College.

Breach Press Launch Party
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a launch party for Breach Press, a new Austin-based small press that prints bilingual, letterpress editions of short works in translation. The first book will be a translation of a 16th-century story from Bangladesh, translated by Ishan Chakrabarti, a doctoral candidate in South Asian languages at the University of Chicago.