- All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
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Join us for an evening with David Abel and David Longoria. David A. 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.
David 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.
David Longoria was born in Houston, Texas. He is a singer, songwriter, and poet living in Austin, Texas. Influenced by the songs of Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, etc., Longoria plays guitar and harmonica. In 2002 Longoria formed The Black, a country rock band performing with as few as two and as many as ten members. He has performed or toured with the Trail of Dead, Yo La Tengo, James Hand, Deertick, Fiery Furnaces, Joe Ely, Shiva’s Headband, The Sword, and Voxtrot.
Eugene Fischer is a Texas-native science fiction writer whose work focuses on how biological and technological factors influence social and self-definition. He graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Physics, then studied at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in San Diego. Most recently he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA and developed an undergraduate curriculum for science fiction writing. A recently arrived Austin resident, he spends his days working on the novel sequel to his Asimov’s cover story novella, The New Mother.
Janalyn Guo grew up in China, Hawaii, and Houston, and currently lives in Austin, Texas. Her fiction has appeared in Interfictions, The Bat City Review, Birkensnake, Lit, Tarpaulin Sky, and other places. If she were to think really hard about it, her writings often feature slivers of displacement psychology, robotic devices, dogs in cones, and hair. But ultimately, her stories are more like little markers of time and space. She received a BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University, where she taught fiction courses and walked with many dogs. Nowadays, she splits her time between Denton and Austin for work and reads lots of comics.
Jessica Reisman’s stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, with work recently in Phantom Drift and the anthology Rayguns Over Texas. She has stories upcoming in PS Publishing’s PostScripts and the anthology 100 Lightnings. Her first novel, The Z Radiant, described as “thinking reader’s sci-fi,” was published by Five Star Speculative Fiction.
Join us for the Raw Paw reading series, which celebrates the release of a new issue of their poetry imprint, Mind Maze.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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
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.
A representation of the book’s structure by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
“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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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 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.
From 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 2013. In 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.
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).
Lucas 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.