• 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.
Austin Writers Roulette
Aug 9 @ 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 “Show & Tale.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.


Novel Night with Donna Birdwell & Steven Metz
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the eighth 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books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll then have an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels.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 Donna Birdwell will be reading from her new novel, Way of the Serpent, and Steven Metz will be reading from The Zombie Monologues.

Donna BDonna Dechen Birdwell is an anthropologist whose curiosity about what makes human beings tick propelled her to travel widely, listening to the stories of many different cultures and eventually coming up with a few of her own. As a writer, her intention is to take readers on a lively adventure and leave them with something to think about. Donna is an artist, poet, and photographer as well as a novelist. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University and previously taught at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She now writes, paints, and photographs in Austin.

B & C Book Club
Aug 15 @ 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

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Aug 20 @ 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 Modern Library Reading Group
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 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 1pm. All are welcome, though you are encouraged to finish the chosen book prior to the meeting.

Modern Library

An Afternoon with Fani Papageorgiou
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with acclaimed poet Fani Papageorgiou, who will be reading from her latest collection, Not So Ill with You & Me.

Fani Papageorgiou gives us a poetry in which ‘almost everything happens in language’ yet what is crucial is precisely what’s covered by that harsh little word ‘almost,’ and in which ‘empty space is affected by gravity’—the empty space is that of the human heart. This kaleidoscopic sequence of searing fragments marks the arrival of an outstanding poet. —Barry Schwabsky

Fani Papageorgiou studied History of Science at Harvard and Law at the University of Edinburgh. Her collection of poems, When You Said No, Did You Mean Never?, received the Hong Kong Poetry Prize and was translated into Spanish. Her second book, Not So Ill with You & Me, was published in the UK in May of this year. Her book reviews have appeared in the Economist, the Times Literary Supplement, and FT Weekend.

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.

E. Kristin Anderson Book Launch
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of E. Kristin Anderson’s new chapbook, Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press).