• All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
  • For footage and recaps of past events, check out our YouTube channel and blog.
Raw Paw Reading Series: Mind Maze
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the Raw Paw reading series, which celebrates the release of a new issue of their poetry imprint, Mind Maze.

Raw Paw was founded in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Their new poetry title, Mind Maze, is released every month and showcases twenty poems by one of Austin’s best—all wrapped in a patterned, screen-printed cover designed by Nicole Carleton.

Mind Maze 4 cover art

Novel Night with Mark Davis & Phil Hewitt
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the seventh 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books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll then have an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels. And finally, we’ll 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: there will be snacks!

Novel Night

This month Mark Davis will be sharing his late father’s work and reading from Midnight Road and talking a bit about his life and work. Phil Hewitt will be reading from his first novel, The Mariscal Canyon Dead.

Mark Davis was born and raised in Texas, and studied at the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University. For the last 20 years, he has worked as a business consultant. He is the co-author, with Richard Torrenzano, of Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand, or Business Against Online Attacks (St. Martin’s Press, 2011). His op-eds have appeared in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The Washington Post. Mark recently completed two epic science fiction novels, Darwin’s Arrow and Bruno’s Relic, now out on Kindle and Kindle Select. But tonight, he turns his focus to his father, Jada Davis, who wrote several noir and coming of age novels in the 1950s.

Phil is the same kind of Texan that Sam Houston and David Crockett were—from Tennessee. He grew up in Memphis (he actually met Elvis) and came to Austin to complete a Ph.D. in history. A year later he took a summer job at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the state’s exhibit at HemisFair. He is a teacher, a former magazine owner, museum consultant, and former truck driver. Phil is currently working on the second and third books in the series: The Head in the Laundromat and Santa Elena Floater: Confederate Gold and Carlotta Silver. He lives in Austin, where he gardens (poorly), fishes (avid but mostly inept) and kayaks when he can get time. And he has recently taken up learning to play the piano.

Walter Basho Book Launch
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Walter Basho’s first novel, Old Green World. With readings from Walter Basho, Paige Britt, and Susan Schorn.

WalterWalter Basho grew up in Kentucky and attended Transylvania University in Lexington before moving to Austin, Texas in the 1990s to attend graduate school in English. His master’s thesis focused on queer writers associated with the West Coast “New Narrative” movement, while his dissertation, Fiction Networks, explored the structures of story universes from DC Comics to Star Wars. Like his scholarly work, Basho’s fiction sits between popular genre fiction and literary exploration, and uses story as a vehicle to work through larger questions of culture, narrative theory, perception, sexuality and gender. He has practiced Buddhism for nearly ten years, and his fiction is strongly influenced by the day-to-day experiences of his practice. Inspired by the new access to publication and distribution available to self-publishers, Basho set a goal to self-publish fiction at a level of quality on par with commercial presses, and assembled a talented team of editors and designers to contribute to the production of Old Green World. While in graduate school, he was swept up in the first of many Austin technology booms, and took on work as a software engineer for an education start-up. He continues to develop educational software today, and lives in Austin with his husband.

PaigePaige Britt grew up in a small town in Texas with her nose in a book and her head in the clouds moodling. She studied journalism in college and theology in graduate school, but never stopped reading children’s books for life’s most important lessons. She now lives in a slightly larger town but can often still be found either reading or staring out the window, making up stories about things that aren’t there. Her first book, The Lost Track of Time, was released in 2015 from Scholastic Press.

SusanSusan Schorn is a writer, martial artist, and self defense advocate. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children, and trains and teaches at Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense. She writes “Bitchslap: A Column About Women and Fighting” for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her first book, Smile at Strangers: Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2013. (Photo at right by Larissa Rogers.)

Austin Writers Roulette
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 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 “Cosmic Casino.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.


Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Jul 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.

B & C Book Club
Jul 18 @ 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

I Scream Social
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get your cones ready for the second edition of Malvern Books’ FREE summer reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld and Schandra Madha.

Featuring young women poets from the Austin community, this month’s I Screamers are A.R. Rogers, Aza Pace, and Natalie Ruiz. Following the reading, there will be a (mic-less) open mic. Bring old stuff, new stuff, silly stuff, whatever stuff. Just read stuff to us. And there will be ice cream. Duh.

Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every fourth Friday all summer long.

I Scream

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Jul 25 @ 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

Patrick Ryan Frank Book Launch
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the Austin launch of Patrick Ryan Frank’s latest poetry collection, The Opposite of People (Four Way Books).


Patrick Ryan Frank is the author of the poetry collections The Opposite of People and How the Losers Love What’s Lost, which won the 2010 Intro Prize from Four Way Books. He studied poetry at Northwestern University, Boston University, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. He was recently a Fulbright Fellow to Iceland, and he currently lives in Austin, Texas.