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In The Market Wonders, the Market itself becomes a thinking person: lover, parent, poet, philosopher. . . . Briante pushes the poetic domain beyond the lyric, beyond traditional subjects like nature (although the poet’s consciousness omits nothing: cardinals in a tree, for instance), and into enumeration as meditation, money movement as an overarching shared consciousness. Briante turns the expectations of poetry upside down when she explains “I wish more poets would write about money,” and a fairytale narrated in footnotes suddenly has exact measurement thrust into it. By the end of the book, we see how financial theories, rightly or wrongly applied can distort the ordinary acts of living, impoverish entire communities. There is nothing, however, impoverished about The Market Wonders, a work rich with marvels drawn from our ordinary world.
Photo of Susan Briante: Cybele Knowles
Susan Briante’s most recent book The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The Kenyon Review calls it “masterful at every turn.” She is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011), both from Ahsahta Press. Of Utopia Minus, Publisher’s Weekly declared: “this book finds an urgent language for the world in which we live.” Briante also writes essays on documentary poetics as well as on the relationship between place and cultural memory. Some of these can be found in Creative Non-Fiction, Rethinking History, Jacket2 and The Believer. Her poems and essays been collected in the anthologies The Force of What’s Possible, The Volta Book of Poets, Devouring the Green, The Arcadia Project: the North American Postmodern Pastoral, Starting Today: Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days, The Sonnets: Rewriting Shakespeare, and An Introduction to the Prose Poem.
A translator, she lived in Mexico City from 1992-1997 working for the magazines Artes de México and Mandorla. Her translations have appeared in the journals Bomb, Bombay Gin, Translation Review and Review: Latin American Literature and Arts (among many others) as well as in the anthologies Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry and Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry of Uruguay.
Briante has received grants and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, the Academy of American Poets, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. New work has been published in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Guernica and The Progressive. Her research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, cross-genre writing, experimental autobiography, documentary studies, affect theory, and translation. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Arizona.
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 (and beyond!). This month’s I Screamers are *ELLIE FRANCIS DOUGLASS, DANIELLE ZACCAGNINO, & MEG GRIFFITTS.*
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.
~8pm – Let the reading begin!
Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every month ’til the end of time.
Join us for a reading with UT Austin faculty members. Readers include Deb Olin Unferth, Edward Carey, Lisa Olstein, and Laurie Saurborn.
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of three books. Her next book, a collection of stories, is coming out in March of 2017 from Graywolf. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, Tin House, and McSweeney’s. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin, and she teaches a workshop at a penitentiary in southern Texas.
Lisa Olstein is the author of three poetry collections, most recently LITTLE STRANGER. This fall Essay Press will release THE RESEMBLANCE OF THE ENZYMES OF GRASSES TO THOSE OF WHALES IS A FAMILY RESEMBLANCE, a winner of their 2015 chapbook contest. A new full-length collection, LATE EMPIRE, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017.
Laurie Saurborn is the author of two poetry collections, Industry of Brief Distraction and Carnavoria, and a chapbook, Patriot. An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient, her short stories, poems, reviews and photographs have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as American Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. Laurie teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also directs the undergraduate creative writing program. She is currently at work on a collection of stories.
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 September selection is Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze, a hard-boiled story of doomed love that careens through a landscape of desperate passion and wild reversals. Bill Pronzini called this novel “an indisputable noir classic,” so be sure to come by the store and pick up a copy for a page-turning summer read. And if you’d like to receive reminders concerning our upcoming book club offerings, email us and we’ll sign you up.
The novel features everything we’ve come to love about noir crime fiction. The dialogue is crackling, stylized and often funny. . . . Chaze’s characters are more memorable than you often find in hard-boiled fiction. . . . Chaze’s gift with words, combined with a plot that moves quickly toward its brutal, startling conclusion, makes Black Wings Has My Angel a trip worth taking for anybody with a taste for the darker side of crime fiction.
—Michael Schaub, NPR 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 September 3rd.
The greatest authors of Ancient Greece and their modern counterparts have asked many of the same questions about the world; questions about death, beauty, politics, love, language, and God, for instance. This group will host parallel meetups to try to understand the answers (and further questions!) great thinkers have given us. With these big questions in mind, we will study works of Ancient Greek philosophy, history, and drama as well as modern works of fiction. All are welcome. Please come as you are, with or without experience reading these kinds of books. All Greek works will be available for free online and can be read in a translation of your choice. We will do our best to choose modern literature available for free online or accessible at Austin public libraries. More information is available on our Meetup Group page.
It’s poetry karaoke time! Held on the first Monday of each month, Malvern Karaoke Mondays is a fun FREE event featuring adventurous verses, snack surprises, and a monthly haiku competition. And this month we have a special musical guest: come by at 6.45pm for live folk/blues from award-winning singer/songwriter Anji Kat with Christopher Cesta.
Here’s how poetry karaoke works: you roll a 20-sided lettered die and select a poem by a poet whose last name starts with the letter the die landed on—and then you read this poem aloud for everyone to enjoy. (Poems can be chosen from a book on our shelves, or from one of the anthologies we’ll provide.) Everyone is welcome to take part, but please note that participants can’t read their own poetry—poetry karaoke is all about introducing people to the poems and poets that have inspired you.
And if you fancy yourself as a haiku whiz, you should enter our monthly haiku contest, judged by our curmudgeon-in-chief, Dr. Joe (and/or a guest judge of his choosing). Contest details TBA.
COMPETITION CONDITIONS: Haiku must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday, September 4th. We’ll announce the winner at the event on Monday. Prize = $10 Malvern Gift Card (which must be picked up in-store) and you’ll be listed in our BOOK OF HAIKU WINNERS. All decisions final. No crying!
Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! This month we have something rather special: we’re hosting the launch of Joe Kilgore’s latest novel, A Farmhouse In The Rain (shortlisted for the Writers’ Village International Novel Award). 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. And jazz guitarist Margaret Slovak will get the evening off to a great start with live music.
Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).
A Farmhouse In The Rain is a novel of war and peace, crime and punishment, love and loss, and eventually hope. It’s a sweeping saga of three American soldiers and the women they love before, during, and after World War II.
During the war, the three are given shelter by a French woman. The next morning she is found dead and the trio realize they were the only ones in the house. No one admits guilt yet the event affects them radically and leads to big questions. Who will survive the war? Who will survive the peace? Who will reunite with the love each left behind? And who will be unmasked as the murderer on that fateful night at A Farmhouse In The Rain?
Filled with suspense, sacrifice, and subplots that interlock smoothly, the author’s dark chronicle of lives bound together by fate is a solid addition to the WWII thriller genre. —The US Review
Joe Kilgore is the author of over twenty short stories and four novels. His short stories have been published in magazines, creative journals, anthologies, and online literary publications. Before turning to fiction, he had a long and successful career with international advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. In addition to his fiction, Joe writes for Austin advertising firm, Bazzirk, Inc., and also serves as a professional book reviewer. He lives in Lakeway with his wife, Claudia, an accomplished artist.
This month we have a special edition of Fantastical Fictions—we’re celebrating the publication of Nisi Shawl’s alternate history/steampunk/historical fantasy novel Everfair. Join Nisi and host Christopher Brown for a reading and discussion.
Nisi Shawl’s Everfair is a book with gorgeous sweep, spanning years and continents, loves and hates, histories and fantasies. Set against the big canvas of King Leopold’s horrific rule in the Congo, her engaging, passionate characters struggle to make the right choices in a world that is almost ours, but not quite. Everfair is sometimes sad, often luminous, and always original. —Karen Joy Fowler
Everfair is an alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated. Shawl’s speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into an exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history.
Nisi Shawl is a writer of science fiction and fantasy short stories and a journalist. She is the co-author (with Cynthia Ward) of Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s SF Magazine, Strange Horizons, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. Her story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 and her stories have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award.
Fantastical Fictions is an odd-monthly event focusing on the literary fantastic across genres and cultures. 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.
“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.
Join us in celebrating the launch of Kimberly Alidio’s new poetry collection, After projects the resound (Black Radish Books). With readings from Kimberly, kt shorb, and Morgan Collado.
These poems are attuned to as many zeitgeists as reveal themselves. From Alidio’s dissecting eyes and focused hands—the “I [who] can sense the space around objects in the room because I’m often unnoticed”—the Filipino trait of Kapwa (interconnectedness) enables poems to arise and they bespeak: “This is exactly what gentleness is // dragging everything up whole—” —Eileen R. Tabios
Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). She held residencies at the Center for Art and Thought, Kundiman and VONA, and received fellowships from the University of Illinois’s Asian American Studies Program and Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. She is a high-school history teacher and tenure-track dropout born in West Baltimore, raised in Baltimore County and living in East Austin.
kt shorb (BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MA, UT-Austin) is a director, writer, and performer who grew up in Massachusetts, rural Japan, and Tokyo. She trained and worked with Anne Bogart, Pirrone Yousefzadeh, Adelina Anthony, Sharon Bridgforth, Pauline Oliveros, and John Luther Adams. shorb is the Producing Artistic Director of the Generic Ensemble Company. Directorial work includes: THE MIKADO: RECLAIMED; ROBIN HOOD: AN ELEGY; WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?; THE EXPERIMENT (2012); STUCK ON GEE-DOT; THE PSYCHOPOMP PROJECT; RADIO KADUNA; A TORTOISE WALKS MAGESTICALLY ON WINDOW LEDGES; and EAGLE WOMAN POEMS. Her solo show, UNA CORDA has been performed in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, Los Angeles, Oberlin College, and various Texas locations. She has served as faculty at Southwestern University and UT-Austin. She is currently directing on a solo performance installation by Shay Youngblood. She was a 2015 invited fellow at the Peer Leadership Exchange for the National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation in Minneapolis, hosted by Pangea World Theater and Art2Action.
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 email@example.com. 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 “Cultural Mosaic.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.
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.
A representation of the book’s structure by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
Join us for an evening with writer Dave Oliphant, who will be reading from his new poetry collection, María’s Book (Alamo Bay Press).
A book forty-one years in the making, written between 1975 and 2016, Dave Oliphant’s María’s Book presents what Douglas Flaherty has called “a delicately passionate record of an internationally conspired love affair. Oliphant’s poems to his wife are valentines for the ages.” With its publication in 2016, María’s Book marks the golden anniversary of Dave and María’s marriage.
Join us for an evening with poet Tracey Knapp, author of Mouth (winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2014).
Tracey Knapp has received scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fund. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010, Five Points, Red Wheelbarrow Review, The New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review, The Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco.