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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. Our June selection is In the Café of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters. If you want to take part in this lively literary adventure, stop by the store, sign up, buy yourself a copy, and get reading. And if you’d like to receive reminders concerning our upcoming book club offerings, email us and we’ll sign you up!
In the Café of Lost Youth is a kind of suspense story. It is a story about the many facets of a single woman but also, unquestionably, a story about the multiple worlds within Paris, a city that, as much as any individual human being, remains essentially unknowable. It casts a near hypnotic spell.
—Douglas Kennedy, L’Express
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.
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 June 4th.
It’s poetry karaoke time! Held on the first Monday of each month, Malvern Karaoke Mondays is a fun FREE event featuring adventurous verses, snack surprises, and a monthly haiku competition.
Here’s how poetry karaoke works: you roll a 20-sided lettered die and select a poem by a poet whose last name starts with the letter the die landed on—and then you read this poem aloud for everyone to enjoy. (Poems can be chosen from a book on our shelves, or from one of the anthologies we’ll provide.) Everyone is welcome to take part, but please note that participants can’t read their own poetry—poetry karaoke is all about introducing people to the poems and poets that have inspired you.
And if you fancy yourself as a haiku whiz, you should enter our monthly haiku contest, judged by our curmudgeon-in-chief, Dr. Joe (and/or a guest judge of his choosing). Details of this month’s contest TBA.
Competition conditions: Haiku must be submitted to email@example.com by Sunday, June 5th at 12pm CST. We’ll announce the winner/s at the event on Monday. All decisions final. No crying! And the more people who come to Karaoke, the more prizes we’ll give!
Join us for the eighteenth 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 also 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: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).
This month’s Novel Night has a sci-fi/fantasy twist! Our readers will be Donna Dechen Birdwell and Chris Rogers. Donna will be reading from Shadow of the Hare—Recall Chronicles, Vol. II, and Chris will be reading from Emissary.
Anthropologist Donna Dechen Birdwell creates a dystopian world with sensitivity and insight deriving from years of observation and dedicated study of the human condition. “We are our stories,” she says. “Our most precious human quality is our fertile imagination.” Donna is also an artist, a former journalist, and a native Texan.
Chris Rogers wrote her first romance novel in 1989, then promptly decided this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life even if she never made a dime at it. To make time for studying the craft of writing, she folded her marketing business and took a job at a bank. Two novels later, all three rejected because they had “too much mystery,” she realized romance wasn’t her genre. By 1996, Chris had finished five novels, two screenplays, a handful of short stories and a short play—and this was her year to finally achieve notice as a writer. One of her short mysteries won a notable national contest and was published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Her ten-minute play also won a contest and was produced at Stages Theater in Houston. And most important, she acquired an agent who sold her Dixie Flannigan mystery series to Bantam Books. The first three books in that series were published in print, electronic and audio formats and were translated into three languages. After Amazon dazzled the publishing world, Chris became a ghostwriter for a number of years before deciding to join the world of Indie writers. Since then she has published four short story anthologies, four books on writing, and four novels in various genres.
Please join us for a celebratory reading by the writers of S. Kirk Walsh’s nine-month Fiction Writing Workshop (Sept-June). Short excerpts from novels and stories will be read.
Participating writers include Cristina Adams, Dena Afrasiabi, Kalli Angel, Morkeh Blay-Tofey, Nicole Beckley, Megan Coxe, Julien Devereux, Katherine Moore, Victoria Rossi, Kirk Wilson, Karen Valby, and Ryan Vaughn. This accomplished group of writers features published fiction and nonfiction writers and poets and translators. For the past nine months, they have participated in an intensive fiction workshop, drafting and revising novels and short stories throughout the year. Come and celebrate their wonderful work and distinctive voices with this end-of-the-workshop reading.
Refreshments and sweets will be served.
“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.
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: http://bit.ly/1m7v4L8.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 “This Changes Everything.” Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.
Join us for an evening with renowned Korean writer Jung Young Moon, who will be reading from his new novel, Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum Publishing), translated from the Korean by Yewon Jung.
Vaseline Buddha is a tragicomic odyssey told through free association. The story opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.
One achieves a kind of serenity when we delve into this book. I find that eccentrics like Jung are needed in literature.
Jung Young Moon was born in Hamyang, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea in 1965. He graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in psychology, and made his literary début in 1996 with the novel, A Man Who Barely Exists. Jung is also an accomplished translator who has translated more than forty books from English into Korean, including works by John Fowles, Raymond Carver, and Germaine Greer. In 2005 Jung was invited to participate in the University of Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Program, and in 2010 he spent three months in a residency at the University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Korean Study. In 2012 he won three of Korea’s most prestigious literary awards for his novel A Contrived World, just out from Dalkey Archive in spring 2016, who also published his short story collection A Most Ambiguous Sunday and Other Stories in 2014. His works have been translated into numerous languages, and he is widely read in France and Germany, where he enjoys tremendous critical acclaim and popular appeal.
Yewon Jung was born in Seoul, and moved to the US at the age of 12. She received a BA in English from Brigham Young University, and an MA from the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
Join us in celebrating the launch of Bill Shaw’s new book, Conspiracy II, the third novel in the author’s Pistol Thicket trilogy. With readings from Bill Shaw and Frank R. Southers, who will be signing copies of his most recent book, “Senator White”: A Novel.
About Conspiracy II:
There is more than folk wisdom in the saying that “Opposites Attract,” but that phrase is put to its sternest test in the case of Myrna Minkoff and Ignatius P. Reilly, two twenty-something college grads. Myrna, an Ivy Leaguer, is the lovely scion of a wealthy Long Island family and a staunch supporter of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, while I.P. is an All-American football player from the Louisiana Baptist Academy. I.P. is a Donald Trump operative from New Orleans whose religious, social, and economic status is scarcely closer to Myrna’s than it is to a distant galaxy…
About “Senator White”: A Novel:
Ginny Hopkins, pregnant and married for over two years to Peter Hopkins, learns that she is not truly divorced from Hugh Robles because of her lawyer’s goof. Now, she’s charged in criminal court with Bigamy, a felony with a minimum two-year sentence in State Prison. To get justice, Ginny files a complaint with the Texas Grievance Committee in San Antonio against her lawyer, Senator Tony White. The Grievance Committee prosecutor owes his job to Senator White and fears Ginny will reveal the complaint to the media to hurt Senator White’s re-election campaign… will Ginny Hopkins find justice against powerful Senator White?
Bill Shaw and his wife of 50 years, Monica, live in Austin, Texas, close to their three daughters and five grandchildren. Bill is the retired Woodson Professor of Law and Ethics in Business at the McCombs School, the University of Texas, Austin. He holds degrees from Louisiana Tech, Tulane, and The University of Texas at Austin. He taught graduate and undergraduate students at Texas for over 35 years, retiring in 2007. Professor Shaw published over 50 scholarly articles on law and ethics during his career as well as four books. He served as President of The Academy of Legal Studies in Business and as Editor-in-Chief of the American Business Law Journal.
Frank R. Southers is well-qualified to write about the Texas Lawyer Disciplinary System because he served in San Antonio on the Grievance Committee for ten years, the last six as Chairperson. Since then he has represented complainants, accused lawyers, and witnesses. As an Adjunct Professor of Law for twenty years at St. Mary’s University School of Law, Mr. Southers taught Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury Law, Personal Injury Practice, and Legal Malpractice. He graduated from St. Mary’s University with a B.A. in English and graduated magnum cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law at age 22. He co-authored a legal treatise, “Texas Workers’ Compensation Desk Book,” and has written many legal articles covering such topics as Evidence, Trial Practice, Civil Procedure, Medical Malpractice, Mediation, Legal Malpractice, and Grievance Law. Now, Southers has turned to writing fiction, especially about lawyers. The Grievance Committee—Book One was his debut novel. Since then, he has written four other indie novels. Although raised in San Antonio, Southers now resides in Austin with his wife, Dr. Linda R. Southers, PhD. and their two dogs.
It’s Bloomsday! Join us for a celebration of the life of writer James Joyce. Featuring live Irish music from Serge Laîné and Larry Rone (pictured below, from Poor Man’s Fortune), readings from Ulysses with an introduction by Joyce aficionado Peter Q, the moderator of the Finnegans Wake Reading Group, plus spirited discussion (audience participation welcome!)… and suitably Irish snacks, including Guinness cake!
Bloomsday, named for Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses, is observed around the world on June 16th, as this is the date during which the events of Ulysses are relived (16th June, 1904). Fun fact: Joyce apparently picked June 16th as it was the date of his first date with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle.
Join us for an evening with Matthew Freeman, who will be reading from his fifth book of poetry, Everything I Love Restored, which was recently published by Coffeetown Press.
Matthew Freeman discovered he was a poet when as a teenager he was ruined with love. So began a journey that would leave him expelled from school and committed to an asylum, suffering with schizophrenia. After beginning his recovery he got his BA in English from St. Louis University, where he was given the Montesi Prize, and received his MFA from the University of Missouri, where he won the Graduate Poetry Prize.
David Jewell and Brian Cutean combine their many years of elliptical storytelling and feverish brainmindhearts to present an evening of music, spoken word, and analogious sonic surprise at Malvern Books.
David Jewell (above left) is poet, storyteller, author, actor and stream of consciousness visionary imagineer who chronicles the 21st century mind and its many idiosyncracies. He and his writing have appeared in two Richard Linklater movies, Before Sunrise and Waking Life, and he’s shared shows with Laurie Anderson and Leon Redbone. His books are time bombs already detonating in another generation and hIs bio says he was “born in blank and lives in and.”
Brian Cutean (above right), a teller of offbeat street-tales filled with wordplay-metafable and songs from a colorful guitar, was a mainstay of Austin music in the 1980’s and 90s. He performed often at The Cactus Café, Chicago House, Maggie Mae’s, The Other Side, Folkville Ice Cream and other long gone venerable venues. Now hailing from the Pacific Northwest, he’s celebrating the release of his 9th nationally-released recording, The Sound Of Photosynthesis, on Burnttoothbrush Records. The record includes a musical version of an ee cummings poem and a song tribute to Austin bassist Robert Vignaud, who accompanied Cutean in concert and on recordings for more than 30 years.
The literary community at Malvern Books and the fine arts community at Bone Black Gallery are teaming up to welcome artist and author Kristina Hagman to Austin. Hagman will be presenting her new book, The Eternal Party, at Malvern Books on July 1st, 7pm. And at Bone Black Gallery on July 2nd, 7-9pm, there will be a reception and artist’s talk for 36 Views of Mt. Rainier, her suite of intricate woodblock prints.
In The Eternal Party Kristina recounts the multigenerational stories that led to huge stardom, not just once but twice, as both her grandmother Mary Martin (who played Peter in Peter Pan; Maria in The Sound of Music; and many more well-known roles) and her father, most famously known for two very different roles, first, as the comedic character of Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie and later as the villainous J.R. in Dallas. The book is as much a spiritual search for truth as it is an exposé on celebrity life. At her father’s side on his deathbed, Kristina heard her father keep repeating “forgive me” before he passed. Searching for clues as to what he meant, Kristina delves into her father’s past and details life within fame. Determined to tell her story, Hagman overcame struggles with dyslexia and ADHD to complete the book.
Hagman’s life path veered from that of her father and grandmother and she became a successful visual artist, having honed her skills in the arts community of Santa Fe. Hagman’s work has been displayed at the Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, California), Cullom Gallery (Seattle, WA), Antioch University (Seattle, WA), The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho, KIWA Kyoto International Woodprint Association, Kyoto, Japan and many others. Her work has also been included in more than 40 multi-artist exhibits since 1985. Her suite of woodblock prints, 36 Views of Mt. Rainier, is inspired by Hokusai’s collection Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, of which the piece The Great Wave is most well known. Hagman utilizes Mt. Rainier as a point of entry into exploring landscape from many angles. Works like Dawn embody a sense of calm and natural beauty, showing Mt. Rainier as one of America’s purple mountain majesties. In Rainier From Queen Anne we see the mountain as just one peak amongst many in a crowded city scape. Hagman produces these works using a blend of traditional and modern woodblock techniques.