• 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.
B & C Book Club
Apr 18 @ 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

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

Free Minds Presents an Afternoon with the Tuesday Night Writers and Class of 2015
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a reading and celebration as participants of the Free Minds writing workshop and students of the Class of 2015 share their original works of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Free Minds

Members of the Free Minds writing workshop meet over the course of 8 weeks to produce and share writing in a supportive group environment. These workshops are founded on the principle that each person has a unique and powerful voice which deserves to be heard. Our spring workshop has been led by Free Minds Director Vivé Griffith, poet and graduate of UT’s Michener Center for writers. Students in the Free Minds Class of 2015 will share excerpts from personal narratives, developed with guidance from Charlotte Gullick, creative writing chair at ACC. All are welcome to attend!

Free Minds is a collaboration between Foundation Communities, UT Austin, and ACC which offers educational and creative opportunities to adults who have faced barriers to higher education. To learn more about our free community writing workshops or our two-semester course in humanities, visit Free Minds Austin or call 512.610.7961.

W. Joe’s Poetry Corner
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presenting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, in which our host W. Joe Hoppe interviews a poet, who will then give a reading and answer questions from audience members.

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. Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo will also be a guest reader at this event!

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.

Michael AMichael Anania is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. His published work includes twelve collections of poetry, among them Selected Poems (l994), In Natural Light (1999), Once Again, Flowered (2001) and Heat Lines (2006). A new collection, Continuous Showings, is due out this year. His poetry is widely anthologized and has been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish and Czech. He has also published a novel, The Red Menace, and a collection of essays, In Plain Sight. Anania was poetry editor of Audit, a quarterly, founder and co-editor of Audit/Poetry, poetry editor of Partisan Review, a contributing editor to Tri-Quarterly, and poetry and literary editor of The Swallow Press. He also served as a panelist for the NEA, the NEH and the Illinois Arts Council. Anania has taught at SUNY at Buffalo, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago, and is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Austin, Texas and on Lake Michigan.

The Modern Library Reading Group
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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. This month we will be reading and discussing Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, #19 on the list.

Barring any unforeseen scheduling conflicts, The Modern Library Reading Group will meet every fourth Sunday at 1pm. All are welcome, though you are encouraged to finish the chosen book prior to the meeting.

Modern Library

An Afternoon with Issa Nyaphaga
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon with cartoonist, artist, and activist Issa Nyaphaga. Issa will be discussing his latest collection of political cartoons, Art Stronger Than Hate (Alamo Bay Press).

Book coverIssa Nyaphaga is a renowned artist, activist, and educator who addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this year on the subject of freedom of artistic expression. After exile from his native country of Cameroon, he lived in Paris for ten years, where he worked at Charlie Hebdo. He now lives in Santa Fe, teaching at the community college and the Tarnoff Art Center.

Pterodáctilo Bilingual Poetry Reading
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the editors at Revista Pterodáctilo, a journal of Latin American literature, arts, and culture, for a bilingual poetry reading.

An Evening with Dr. Sybil Pittman Estess
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading from poet Dr. Sybil Pittman Estess, who will be introducing her latest collection, Like That, published by Alamo Bay Press.

Author and Cover

Poet Dr. Sybil Pittman Estess was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and has degrees from Baylor University, the University of Kentucky, and Syracuse University. She is the author of five books of poetry: Maneuvers; Labyrinth; Seeing the Desert Green; Blue, Candled in January Sun; and her most recent work, Like That. She has also written a collection of criticism on Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art, and has co-written a multi-genre creative writing textbook, In a Field of Words. She has published in over 150 literary critical essays, reviews, and editorials in journals, magazines, and newspapers including Paris Review, The Texas Review, descant, Concho River Review, Louisiana Literature, Shenandoah, Borderlands, Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Manhattan Review, The Mississippi Review, The Jewish Herald Voice, and The Houston Chronicle. Estess has lived in Houston with her spouse, Dr. Ted L. Estess, for thirty-seven years. She is the mother of one son, Benjamin Barrett, and the grandmother of two granddaughters, Himma Lynn Estess and Zollie Be Estess, both of whose mother is Briana Jane Bassler.

Borderlands: Issue 42 Launch Party
May 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review! The keynote poet is Celeste Guzman Mendoza, author of Beneath the Halo (Wings Press, 2013). This new issue also includes a special section by the CantoMundo Fellows.

An engaging photography series, ‘Wonder World’ by Rebecca Dietz, is showcased in Issue 42 and is on exhibit at Malvern Books from April 25th-May 9th.

Borderlands is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


An Evening with Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez & Ire’ne Lara Silva
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading with writers Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez and Ire’ne Lara Silva. Santiago will be introducing One Day I’ll Tell You the Things I’ve Seen, his new short story collection that explores Chicano/a and migrant identity.

SantiagoSantiago Vaquera-Vásquez is also the author of Algún día te cuento las cosas que he visto and Luego el silencio. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico.


ire’ne lara silva is the author of furia (poetry, Mouthfeel Press, 2010) and flesh to bone (short stories, Aunt Lute Books, 2013), which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan. In 2015, Aztlan Libre Press will publish her second full length collection of poetry, blood sugar canto. ire’ne is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award. She and Moises S. L. Lara are currently co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An inclusive open mic presented by VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities). Join us for a unique open mic that is open to people with and without disabilities. We welcome writers, acoustic musicians, dancers, and performers of all kinds.

This month we have a special guest, Jeff Moyer, a 21st-century renaissance man and songwriter who has created a range of music that entertains, educates, and inspires, with topics on general and disability history.

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

An Evening with Noel Crook & Kirk Wilson
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading with poets Noel Crook and Kirk Wilson. Noel will be introducing her new collection, Salt Moon (Southern Illinois University Press).

Novel Night with Richard Kendrick & Gary Hobbs
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the fifth 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 Richard Kendrick will read from Déjà Vu and Gary Hobbs will read from Access to Capital.

Deja VuRichard Kendrick spent more than a decade living and traveling in Africa and Asia. He has worked as a teacher, an editor, a publisher, directed several short films, and presented avant-garde jazz and classical music on FM radio for more than six years. Rick Russo describes Richard’s debut novel, Déjà Vu, as “a rare book that combines modernist formal experimentation with excellent post-modernist content and prose.”