All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.

August – September 2014

An Evening with Joshua Marie Wilkinson & Zach Schomburg
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of readings with visiting poets Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Zach Schomburg.

Josh and Zach

Zachary Schomburg (above right) is the author of The Man Suit; Scary, No Scary; Fjords Vol. I, and The Book of Joshua (all from Black Ocean). He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he runs Octopus Books and the Bad Blood Series.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s recent books are Meadow Slasher, The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal, Swamp Isthmus, and Selenography (all from Black Ocean and Sidebrow Books). He lives in Tucson, where he edits The Volta and Letter Machine Editions and teaches poetry at the University of Arizona.

An Afternoon with Ron Jaeger & Jan Marquart
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of Next Stop, Heaven, the third book in Ron Jaeger’s
Trilogy of Light series. Ron will be joined by Austin poet Jan Marquart, founder of the About The Author Network.

Ron JaegerRon Jaeger wrote the three novels of the Trilogy of Light (The Secret of the Bermuda Triangle; Sharing a Man; and Next Stop, Heaven) over five years—but it was only after he had published the second novel that he realized he had written an unintended trilogy. One theme in particular runs through all three novels: We all have genius, inner light, but we seldom bring it out in creative acts because we have been bludgeoned into conformity.

Jan MarquartJan Marquart is a psychotherapist and author of eleven books. She believes in the power of personal story and helps those who come to her uncover, discover, and recover from personal narratives. Jan has a private practice in Austin and is CEO and Founder of About the Author Network, which helps those interested in writing keep their pens moving. Jan also teaches writing classes for Story Circle Network and has published essays, poems, stories, and articles for in print and online publications.

An Evening with Harold Whit Williams & David Longoria
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Harold Whit Williams and David Longoria. We’ll kick things off at 7pm with music from Harold and Jon Bookout, followed by readings from Harold and David.

Harold Williams Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. He is recipient of the Mississippi Review’s 2014 Poetry Prize, and his newest collection, Backmasking, is winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. His first collection, Waiting For The Fire To Go Out, is available from Finishing Line Press, and his poems have appeared in numerous literary journals.

David LongoriaDavid Longoria was born in Houston, Texas. He is a singer, songwriter, and poet living in Austin, Texas. Influenced by the songs of Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, etc., Longoria plays guitar and harmonica. In 2002 Longoria formed The Black, a country rock band performing with as few as two and as many as ten members. He has performed or toured with the Trail of Dead, Yo La Tengo, James Hand, Deertick, Fiery Furnaces, Joe Ely, Shiva’s Headband, The Sword, and Voxtrot.

B & C Book Club
Aug 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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

An Evening with Samuel Snoek-Brown & Zoë Miller
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Samuel Snoek-Brown and Zoë Miller.

SamuelSamuel Snoek-Brown writes and teaches in Portland, Oregon. He also works as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. His work has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Ampersand Review, Fiction Circus, Eunoia Review, Red Fez, SOL: English Writing in Mexico, and others. He’s the author of the flash fiction chapbook Box Cutters, and of the novel Hagridden, for which he received a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship.

ZoeZoë Miller grew up in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Liberal Arts from The New School University in New York City as a Riggio Honors Fellow, and completed her MFA in Fiction at the University of Minnesota. Her short stories have appeared in 12th Street, Front Porch, and Fields Magazine. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Aug 21 @ 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.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Aug 22 @ 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

An Evening with Eric Shonkwiler & Ray Shea
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Eric Shonkwiler, Ray Shea, and special guests.

Eric and Ray

Eric Shonkwiler (above left) has had writing appear in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Fiction from University of California-Riverside, where he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, and is the Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as a former reader for [PANK] and former Editor-in-Chief and fiction editor for CRATE: The Literary Journal of UCR. He is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Above All Men, a 2014 Midwest Connections Pick released in March from MG Press. Critics have called Above All Men “sparse and poetic” (Frank Bill) and “stark and plainspokenly honest” (Sundog Lit), and have said it “weaves a compelling narrative together with tightly written prose that makes the realities of the post-collapse society profoundly acute” (CCLaP).

A native of Boston and New Orleans and a graduate of Rice University, Ray Shea (above right) has lived in Austin for most of the last two decades. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, apt, Sundog Lit, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. His essay “Forensic Biography and the Art of the Screenwriter” was recently a finalist for the Phoebe 2014 Annual Creative Nonfiction award judged by Cheryl Strayed. He is currently at work on a collection of personal essays and a book-length memoir about fatherhood, violence, addiction, and memory, and writes poetry in his spare time.

Raw Paw Reading Series
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the inaugural shindig in a new monthly series, the Raw Paw reading series.

Raw Paw was founded in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Raw Paw began as a zine, and has since expanded into a print and music publishing house, creative platform, and party-thrower extraordinaire. We’re thrilled to be hosting their new monthly reading series, devoted to the very best of Raw Paw.

Badgerdog Teaching Artists Reading
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of readings from the talented Teaching Artists who led the workshops at this year’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp.

Everything is Bigger: September ’14
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bigger is back! The captivating Tyler Gobble hosts our monthly reading series, Everything is Bigger, which features prose and poetry and prizes. This month’s intrepid readers are Lisa Olstein, Dobby Gibson, and Sam Sax.