• 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.
The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Jan 21 @ 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.

This month we’re proud to be welcoming our Veteran Writers as featured guests in this special edition of our Lion & Pirate Open Mic! 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 Open Mic

An Afternoon with Michael Bunker & Forbes West
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for a reading from Michael Bunker and Forbes West.

Michael BunkerMichael Bunker is a USA Today Bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a “plain” community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books… and occasionally tilts at windmills. In November of 2015, Variety Magazine announced that Michael had sold a film/TV option for his bestselling novel Pennsylvania to Jorgensen Pictures. JP is currently developing Pennsylvania for production into a feature film or Television series.

Forbes WestForbes West was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. He currently lives and works mostly in San Francisco and owns a home in Ojima, Japan—a village five hours south of Tokyo by car that is in the foothills of Mt. Fuji.

Malvern’s Multi-Verse with Thom the World Poet
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a FREE monthly reading series, Malvern’s Multi-Verse, in which we explore the infinite possible (multi)verses of Austin’s boundless poetic universe!


Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, Malvern’s Multi-Verse features readings from guest poets, plus a Q & A session. Space-time might be flat and stretch out infinitely, but Malvern’s Multi-Verse is well-rounded, lasts for about an hour, and includes free cookies! Yes indeed, it’s the best of all possible worlds…

Thom World PoetThis month’s Malvern’s Multi-Verse will be hosted by our Curmudgeon in Chief, Joe Bratcher, and will feature readings and discussion with Thom the World Poet (pictured at right).

Thom is an improvising versifier in the Bardic tradition. He works with musicians of various persuasions, including Gong, Kangaroo Moon, and Invisible Opera Company of Tibet. He also publishes books which now number 253. He has hosted EXPRESSIONS for the last twenty years, and supports open mics and Poetry Festivals. He is a co-founder of the Austin International Poetry Festival.

I Scream Social
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

This month’s I Screamers are Micah Ruelle, Marilyse V. Figueroa, and Leticia Urieta.

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.

~The featured reading begins after the open mic and will be followed by even more ice cream.

Can’t make it this time around? No worries. I Scream Social is every month ’til the end of time.

I Scream

Fantastical Fictions Presents: Greg Hrbek
Jan 28 @ 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 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 and Q&A sessions will follow the readings.

This month’s guest is Greg Hrbek, author of the acclaimed novel Not on Fire, but Burning.

With Not on Fire, but Burning, Hrbek has crafted something audacious: A novel that operates simultaneously as apocalyptic alarmism, brain-bending quantum fiction, character-driven drama and gripping mystery. It’s as poignant as it is perplexing and profound. —Jason Heller, NPR

Greg Hrbek

Greg Hrbek’s Not on Fire, but Burning was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and an NPR Best Book of 2015. His first novel, The Hindenburg Crashes Nightly, won the James Jones First Novel Award. His short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories anthology. A first collection of stories, Destroy All Monsters, was awarded the 2010 Prairie Schooner Prize in Fiction.

Rita Anderson Book Launch
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of The Entropy of Rocketman, a new collection of poems by Rita Anderson. Rita will be joined by writer Ray Shea.

Rita Anderson

The Entropy of Rocketman aligns the seasons of the heart with the four elements to take us on a tour de force through profound moments of joy, grief, and into the “in-between-ness of things” where humanity is reflected in stars that disappear.

“A classic lyric terrain of desire and loss creates the ground for the taut, smart poems in Rita Anderson’s The Entropy of Rocketman. With droll irony, Anderson describes love as a ‘noble gas’ (to be specific, the radioactive Uranium 238!), at once volatile and seductive; contemplates the ‘ancient need for more’; and returning imaginatively to explore the ‘old house’ (now empty but ‘still intact’) that love built, asks in a moment of wry paradox, ‘What if the undrawn line is the truest parameter, / one we cannot erase but would never cross?’ These poems shimmer with clarity, the deep and hard-won emotional wisdom that limns this brilliant collection.” —Cynthia Hogue, director, Creative Writing Program at ASU 

Rita Anderson, a member of Poets & Writers, the Academy of American Poets, ICWP, and ScriptWorks, has a MFA Creative Writing and a MA Playwriting. A published and award-winning playwright and poet, Rita went on scholarship to The O’Neill. Her play, Frantic is the Carousel, was the 2013 National Partners American Theatre nominee, when she won the Kennedy Center’s Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award for “best body of work.” She’s had numerous productions to include NYC, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Detroit, Cincinnati—and in London, England and Paris, France. Early Liberty, internationally published at, is on their “Best Selling Plays” list. Rita was poetry editor of the literary journal at University of New Orleans. She won the Houston Poetry Festival, the Gerreighty Prize, the Robert F. Gibbons Poetry Award, the Cheyney Award, and an award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, EVENT Magazine (British Columbia), Blue Heron Review, Ellipsis, The Longleaf Pine (Midwood Press), DLC Literary Journal, Cahoodaloodaling, The Blueshift Journal, Blotterature, Words Work, Transcendence, PHIction, Persona (50th Anniversary Edition), The Artful Mind, Di-Verse-City: An Austin Poetry Anthology, Inflight Magazine (Paper Plane Pilots Publishing), The Stardust Gazette, and Explorations

Ray SRay Shea’s writing has appeared in The Southeast Review, Sundog Lit, The Austin Review, Hobart, Phoebe and elsewhere. He is a frequent contributor to The Rumpus and is Memoir Editor at Split Lip Magazine. A native of Boston and New Orleans, he lives in Austin.

Malvern Books’ Club: Reading Classics from New York Review Books
Feb 4 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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.

SunflowerOur February selection is Sunflower by Gyula Krúdy, translated from the Hungarian by John Bátki. In Sunflower, a young woman leaves the city and returns to her country estate to escape the memory of her desperate love for an unscrupulous charmer. The plot twists and turns; elemental myth mingles with sheer farce: Krúdy brilliantly illuminates the shifting contours of the landscape of desire.

Krudy writes of imaginary people, of imaginary events, in dream-like settings; but the spiritual essence of his persons and of their places is stunningly real, it reverberates in our minds and strikes at our hearts.
— John Lukacs,
The New Yorker

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 February 4th.

Indie Authors at Malvern Books: Romance Is In The Air
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Austin indie romance authors Cate Lawley, Regina Morris, and Kay Manis (left to right, below), as they read selections from their works and discuss how they made the leap to indie publishing.

Indie Authors

Cate Lawley is the pen name for Kate Baray’s sweet romances and cozy mysteries, including The Goode Witch Matchmaker and Vegan Vamp series. She writes and lives in Austin, Texas (where many of her stories take place) with her pack of pointers and hounds. Cate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer, but writing is the hands-down winner. When she’s not tapping away at her keyboard or in deep contemplation of her next fanciful writing project, she’s sweeping up hairy dust bunnies and watching British mysteries. Cate also writes paranormal (Lost Library) and urban fantasy (Spirelli) as Kate Baray and thrillers (Beauregard) as K.D. Baray. 

Regina Morris writes sensual and suspenseful paranormal romances about a covert team of vampires who protect the President of the United States. She also writes contemporary romances and fantasy/time-travel. She’s a software engineer by day, and writer by night and on weekends. Writing is her passion and tea and chocolate fuel her so she can write late into the night.

Kay Manis is a funny chick who’s sprinkled with a little crazy on top. Okay, let’s be honest… there’s ALOTTA crazy up there. She writes books filled with passion, promise and purpose (with laughter and a few tears, but always an HEA). She is a native Texan and lives with her family in Austin. When not reading or writing, you’ll find Kay eating out with friends or napping with her favorite pillow (stolen from an Inn in Vermont—true story). 

The Boomertime Book Club
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a meeting of the Boomertime Book Club! This month they will be reading Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand.

The Boomertime Book Club aims to read all types of books, fiction and nonfiction. We select the book to be read at a meeting and then discuss it at the next meeting. We meet monthly. We limit attendance at each meeting to  no more than twelve in order to encourage participation by all. Attendance is first come, first served. We encourage guests and encourage new membership within the Meetup Boomertime social group. For more information, please email Greg Smith at

Boomertime is a Meetup group for babyboomers (ages 50+). Its purpose is to provide opportunities for Austin adults to have fun and meet new people. Boomertime is a group where individuals can make friends and can plan events around their special interests for all to participate in. Boomers dance, hike, read, talk, laugh, and engage in many more activities.


An Evening with Sho Sugita & Eduardo Aparicio
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Sho Sugita, translator of Spiral Staircase, the collected poems of Japanese Futurist Hirato Renkichi, on the Austin stop of his U.S. tour. Sho will be joined by local writer and literary translator Eduardo Aparicio.

Spiral StaircaseOnce called “the Marinetti of Japan” by David Burliuk, Hirato Renkichi produced a unique brand of Futurism from the late 1910s and early 1920s through poetry, criticism, and guerrilla performance. Contributing to the earliest productions of Japanese avant-garde poetry, his aggressive experimentation with speed, spatialization, and performability would later influence what became a lively community of Dadaist and Surrealist writers in pre-war Japan. Spiral Staircase is the first definitive volume of Renkichi’s poems to appear in English.

About Spiral Staircase, David Grubbs writes: “Translator Sho Sugita’s ingenious handling of the high-impact, anxiously mutating poetry of Hirato Renkichi—central to the blink-and-it’s-over Japanese Futurist literary movement—brings into sharp focus a momentous, of-the-moment figure little known in the English-speaking world.”

Hirato R and Sho S

About the author:

Born Kawahata Seiichi on December 9th 1893 in Osaka, Hirato Renkichi (above left) attended Sophia University in Tokyo for three years before dropping out and attending Gyosei Gakko to study Italian. He started writing poetry in 1912, first publishing in Banso under the guidance of Kawaji Ryuko. Although he worked at Hochi Shimbun News and Chuo Geijutsu Art Publishing, he suffered from a pulmonary disease, often failing to make ends meet for his family. He passed away on July 20, 1922 in Tokyo, at the age of 29.

About the translator:

Sho Sugita (above right) lives in Matsumoto, Japan. His recent poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in VOLT, Poems by Sunday, Chicago Review, 6×6, Lana Turner, Paperbag, A Perimeter, and Asymptote.

Novel Night with S.D. Banks & Sugar Lee Ryder
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Novel Night

This month’s Novel Night focuses on works of historical fiction and features S.D. Banks and Sugar Lee Ryder. S.D. will be reading from Transcendent Loyalties: A Novel of the American Revolution, and Sugar Lee will be reading from The Gaslight Gunslinger, book one of her Matthew Slade Western detective series.

SD Banks

S.D. Banks is a native Texan, and a long-time resident of Austin. For much of Banks’ adult life, her focus was on her husband, son and working at paying jobs. It was when she went back to college later in life to complete a degree that had been put on hold that encouragement from history and English professors convinced her that she should rekindle her writing dream, and pointed her toward a melding of her passion for history and love of writing. Banks graduated summa cum laude from Texas State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in history, with a minor in writing. She credits her history professors there with demonstrating that an understanding of history can give us the key we need to understand the present. “Many of the trials, conflicts, and dilemmas we face today are either continuations of situations that have gone on for centuries, or are so similar to past events that the relevance of the parallels cannot be ignored,” she says. “Knowing these things—understanding the ramifications of how they played out in the past—can keep us as a society from being manipulated or misled, and can help make us as individuals better citizens and wiser voters.” Banks adds what is essentially her mission statement. “If, through my novels, I can impart a few nuggets of historical knowledge in an entertaining way, then I feel I’ve been successful.”

Sugar Lee Ryder

Sugar Lee Ryder was born to a pair of Wild West rodeo show performers. It made for an interesting time growing up, to put it mildly. She lives in Austin, Texas. Her books include the bestselling contemporary romance Cowgirl Up, the lesbian-themed historical romance Sagebrush & Lace, and two western detective series—The Gaslight Gunslinger and Maddie Slade.

An Evening with Bruce Willard
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading from poet Bruce Willard, who will be sharing work from his most recent collection, Violent Blues (Four Way Books).

Bruce Willard

Violent Blues is a blues-harp album of words, a soundtrack of loss, introspection and renewal—one man’s search for intimacy and enduring music. Its poems are rooted in the natural world and tethered by concrete experience.

Bruce Willard’s poems have appeared in 5 A.M., African American Review, Agni online, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, NPR’s Writer’s Almanac, and numerous other publications. His first collection of poems, Holding Ground, was published by Four Way Books in 2013. Willard is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars program. He spends his time in Maine, Colorado, and California. In addition to his work as a poet, Willard currently runs 32 Bar Blues and oversees several other clothing businesses.