• 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.
NEW BOOK RELEASE: Laurie Saurborn Young
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with poet Laurie Saurborn Young, who will be launching her new collection, Industry of Brief Distraction (Saturnalia Books).

LaurieLaurie Saurborn Young is the author of the poetry collections Carnavoria (H_NGM_N BKS) and Industry of Brief Distraction, as well as a chapbook, Patriot (Forklift, Ink.). Her poems, fiction, essays, reviews and photographs have appeared in such publications as American Microreviews & Interviews, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, The American Reader, The Rumpus, and Tupelo Quarterly. A 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient, she teaches creative writing at UT Austin.

Raw Paw Reading Series: Mind Maze
Mar 11 @ 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. With refreshments and readings from local poets, and hosted by Wade Martin and A.R Rogers.

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 Thomas McNeely & Mike Freedman
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the third 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books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll then have an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels.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 Thomas McNeely will read from Ghost Horse, his debut novel, which Library Journal describes as “sensitive, beautiful, and ominous throughout … as if Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson teamed up to write a 1970s Texas YA novel that went off the rails somewhere—in a very, very good way.” And Mike Freedman will read from his debut novel School Board, a “darkly comic and charming as heck” allegory.

ThomasA former Wallace Stegner and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Thomas H. McNeely has published fiction in the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and non-fiction in Ninth Letter; his stories have been included in textbooks and anthologies including What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, and Best of the South: Stories from the Second Decade of New Stories from the South, and shortlisted for the Pushcart, O. Henry, and Best American Short Stories collections. He teaches in the Stanford Online Writing Studio and the Emerson College Honors Program, and lives near Boston with his wife and daughter.

MikeMike Freedman lives in Houston, where he was born and raised. Upon graduating from Tulane University, Freedman volunteered for the Army and served in the Special Forces as a Green Beret. He graduated from the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business in 2014. In his first novel, School Board, a rabble-rousing high school senior class president takes on the school board incumbent, a senior executive at an Enron-like company. Mike is currently working on his second novel.

B & C Book Club
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 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

NEW BOOK RELEASE with Dave Oliphant
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writer Dave Oliphant, who will be reading from his new poetry collection, The Cowtown Circle (Alamo Bay Press).

DaveDave Oliphant was born in 1939 in Fort Worth, Texas. Host Publications has published two of his 13 collections of poetry, Memories of Texas Towns & Cities (2000) and Backtracking (2004). His Maria’s Poems (1987) won an Austin Book Award. Host has also published three books that he translated from the Spanish: Enrique Lihn’s Figures of Speech (1999); Oliver Welden’s Love Hound (2006), winner of best book of poetry at the 2007 New York Book Festival; and Nicanor Parra’s After-Dinner Declarations (2009), winner of the 2011 translation award from the Texas Institute of Letters. KD: A Jazz Biography, his verse biography of Texas trumpeter Kenny Dorham, was published in 2012 by Wings Press, and The Pilgrimage: Selected Poems, 1962-2012 appeared from Lamar University Press in 2013. His latest collection, The Cowtown Circle, was published in 2014 by Alamo Bay Press. He was with the University of Texas at Austin for 30 years, as an editor and a senior lecturer. He and his wife Maria live in Cedar Park.

An Evening with Jordan Scott, Gail Aronson & Layne Ransom
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Jordan Scott, Gail Aronson, and Layne Ransom.

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Mar 19 @ 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.

A Literary Situation at Malvern Books
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poet and video artist Steve Roggenbuck. Steve will be celebrating the release of his new book of stories, and will be joined on our stage by readers/performers Lizzy Ball, Wallace Barker, Rachel Bell, Chris Dankland, No Glykon, Oliver Mol, and Timothy Willis Sanders.


Steve Roggenbuck is a poet and video artist whose work explores the new forms that literature and humor might take on the Internet. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Gawker, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, and The New Yorker. His videos are currently on exhibit in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. He has published five collections of writing, and he is the founder of Boost House, a small press and co-op house currently located in Tucson, Arizona.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 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 afternoon suitable for performers of all ages and abilities!

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

Lion and Pirate

The Modern Library Reading Group
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hosted by Lindsay DeWitt, The Modern Library Reading Group is a book club organized around the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Usually, the book we read will be the lowest-numbered book that no one in the group has read.

Barring any unforeseen scheduling conflicts, The Modern Library Reading Group will meet every fourth Sunday at 2pm. All are welcome, though you are encouraged to finish the chosen book prior to the meeting.

Modern Library

NEW BOOK RELEASE with Ken Fontenot
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the release of Ken Fontenot’s fourth book of poems, Just A Trace of Moon (Pinyon Publishing).

Ken F smlKen Fontenot received an MA in German Language and Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. During the school year 1986-87 he was awarded a DAAD fellowship to study in Freiburg, Germany. Author of the novel For Mr. Raindrinker set in 1970s New Orleans and published by Slough Press, he also published three books of poems, the second of which won the Austin Book Award, the third In a Kingdom of Birds having won the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters award for best poetry book in Texas. His translations of contemporary poems from the German have appeared widely. He has recently translated a novel from the German writer Wilhelm Genazino called Women Softly Singing which is currently seeking a publisher. A native New Orleanian, he lives and works in Austin, Texas.

An Evening with David Abel
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poet and editor David Abel. David will perform a kind of hybrid reading, which comes out of such traditions as concrete poetry, sound poetry, and minimalist music, and which involves performative poetic pieces, some entirely aural, as well as short projections.

DavidDavid Abel is the proprietor of Passages Bookshop, which has just moved into new quarters in the Towne Storage Building in Portland’s Central Eastside. At the same location, he co-curates monthly exhibitions at The Gallery with Adam Davis and Kate Schaefer of Division Leap, and offers editorial services and teaches writing through the Text Garage. His recent books of poems include Float (Chax Press), a collection of collage texts spanning twenty-five years; Tether (Barebone books), a chapbook of poems; and Carrier (c_L Books), a hypergraphic visual sequence. He is also the author of many artist’s books, most recently While You Were In (disposable books) and dual coup (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series, and from 2002–12 he published twenty-four issues of the free broadside series Envelope. Over the past decade he has devised more than thirty performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects, both solo and with a wide range of collaborators; he also organized the exhibitions Chax Press: Publishing Poetics for PNCA and Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery. He is a founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its thirteenth year, and an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Novel Night with Drew Hayes & David Heymann
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the fourth 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 Drew Hayes will read from The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, the first novel in a planned trilogy, and David Heymann will read from his debut novel My Beautiful City Austin, a “bildungsroman about a young architect in Austin.”

Drew HDrew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though. Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

David HDavid Heymann is an architect, contributing writer for Places Journal, and a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is interested in what people want from nature. Heymann has been a writer in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Dora Maar House, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the Bogliasco Foundation Liguria Study Center; a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome; and a participant in The Arctic Circle program. His architectural work has been variously published and recognized with design honors, including selection for Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York.

DEAR Texas Presents the Best of Texas Association of Authors
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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

Andrea Stehle – Gods of Arcadia – Best Fantasy Sci/Fi Fiction
David Alkek – The Doorway – Best General Poetry
Kimberly E. M. Beasley – Revelations of My Heart – Best Spiritual Poetry
Jan Sikes – The Convict and the Rose – Best Biography Fiction
Maryann Miller – Doubletake – Best Mystery Fiction
Mary B Stafford – A Wasp in the Fig Tree – Best Historical Fiction
RC Knipstein – Paradise Forbidden – Best General Fiction
Art Anthony – Return to Sulphur River – Best Western Fiction
J.C. Hulsey – The Traveler Series (Angel Falls, Texas) – Best Western Series Fiction
Jeffery Allen Mays – The Former Hero – Best Suspense/Thriller Fiction

An Evening with Santiago Vizcaíno & Alexis Levitin
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a bilingual reading and discussion with Ecuadorian poet Santiago Vizcaíno and translator Alexis Levitin (pictured together below, with Vizcaíno on the right).

They’ll be discussing Vizcaíno’s first collection, Devastación en la tarde (winner of the Premio Proyectos Literarios Nacionales of the Ministerio de Cultura of Ecuador in 2008), which has been translated by Alexis Levitin and will be published bilingually in 2015 as Destruction in the Afternoon (Lavender Ink/Dialogos Books).

Vizcaino and Levitin

Translation is like all communication, an act of faith. One hopes and believes that one understands the original writer. One hopes and believes that someone will understand one’s translation. And one hopes that both original and translation resonate with a shared feeling, a shared vision of the human condition. —Alexis Levitin

An Evening with Daniel Wolff & Bob Ayres
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Daniel Wolff and Bob Ayres, with live music from acclaimed guitarist David Pulkingham. Daniel will be introducing his new poetry collection, The Names of Birds, a field guide to perception that explores how we see the natural world.

Daniel WolffDaniel Wolff has published numerous well-received non-fiction books, including a national bestseller that won the Ralph J. Gleason Award for the best music book in 1985. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 and was named Literary Artist of 2013 for Rockland County, New York. He has also collaborated on documentary films with Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), pop songs, and performance pieces. He has published poetry in The Paris Review, Partisan Review, and Three Penny Review, among others.

“Traveling the seasons with Daniel Wolff’s stunning poetry collection is indeed a great gift. Big questions collide with nature’s majesty here, moving us closer to see not just ‘how the nest is attached to the tree’ but how we are attached (or dis-attached) to ourselves. The narrator of the poem ‘Eastern Screech-Owl’ declares that he is not an ancient poet, but there is so much heart and Art in these pages to show that neither he nor Wolff have to be. We are more than grateful for all they have already offered.” —Edwidge Danticat


Robert A. Ayres is the author of Shadow of Wings, a chapbook published by Main Street Rag Press. Ayres has published poems in Laurel Review, Marlboro Review, and Southwestern American Literature, among other magazines. Anthology publications include The Four Way Reader 2, Is This Forever or What?, and Urban Nature. He was the winner of the 2013 Littoral Press Broadside Contest. His essay “The Devices and Desires of Our Own Hearts: Reflections on Blessing and Curse in the Psalms of Ascent” appeared in Poets on the Psalms, published by Trinity University Press. Ayres received his MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. A native of San Antonio, he has lived in Austin since 1985.

David PFrom 2002-2012 David Pulkingham toured internationally as the right hand man of the famed Texas troubadour, Alejandro Escovedo. He was also the musical director of the Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra. This lead him to performances on such stages as Carnegie Hall and to share the stage with such icons as Bruce Springsteen. In December 2012 he was asked to be the bandleader and guitarist for two shows with Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, and went on to tour with Patty Griffin in 2013In 2011 he released a solo instrumental album entitled David Pulkingham Plays Guitar. In 2012 he released a 5-song EP of originals and in 2014 he released a third volume of David Pulkingham Plays Guitar. David currently tours with Patty Griffin and plays internationally under his own name.

An Evening with Lucas Jacob & Michael Anania
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Lucas Jacob and Michael Anania. Lucas will be releasing his debut chapbook, A Hole in the Light (Anchor & Plume Press).

LukeLucas Jacob has had work in several dozen journals, including Southwest Review, Barrow Street, Chautauqua and Anchor & Plume’s Kindred. He teaches writing and administers readings and workshop events for young writers at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.