• 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.
The Lion & The Pirate: Joyce Ann Tepley Reading & Book Signing
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities) invite you to a Lion and Pirate Unplugged event. This month we are taking a break from our regular Open Mic to introduce a special guest: author Joyce Ann Tepley.

Joyce will be reading from and signing her new book Thriving Through It—How They Do It. Through personal stories, she shows how a group of people with physical disabilities transformed adversity into triumph and communicates what it takes to do well in life in the face of the difficulties small and large that vex you. Some of the people she interviewed for the book will also be in attendance and will share their story in person.

Lion & Pirate October

Texas Book Festival: Everything is Bigger at Lit Crawl Austin
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm

Please note: this is an OFF-SITE event that takes place at Studium, 908 E 5th St #106, Austin, Texas 78702.

We’re thrilled to once again be taking part in the Texas Book Festival, October 25th-26th (look for us in Booth 500), and we’re even more thrilled to be a part of their Lit Crawl, an awesome event that takes literature to unexpected places (including, in previous years, the Texas State Cemetery, assorted bars, and the kiln room of Clayworks). It’s a very fun night that draws about 2,000 people each year… so join our Everything is Bigger crew and thousands of lit-lovers for an evening of adventurous readings! The Everything is Bigger readers include Fernando Flores, Taylor Jacob Pate, Blake Lee Pate, Vincent Scarpa, Sam Sax, Lisa Olstein, and Laurie Saurborn Young. The Lit Crawl begins at 7.30pm; the Everything is Bigger readers will be on from 8.30pm SHARP!

Please visit the Lit Crawl website for more details.

Lit Crawl

Tyler Gobble Launches MORE WRECK MORE WRECK
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Malvern’s own Tyler Gobble is launching his first poetry collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK (winner of the 2013 Cargill First Book Poetry Prize), at Malvern Books, and we couldn’t be more delighted/honored/STOKED. Join us for a celebratory night of readings from Tyler, Layne Ransom, and Jason Tobin, and for music by Lost John.

More Wreck“These poems aren’t just one thing, or another, they are instead stuffed with so much energy that they are spilling all over the pages. Like industrious, tiny humans, they seep everywhere, sprawling across memories and dreams, carrying with them scars and shreds of real hope. Even better, More Wreck More Wreck is bubbling with the absolutely kick ass beauty of a great imagination let loose.” —Peter Davis

“These poems ask for permission and possibility, hopefulness’s redecoration in a purely American landscape of . . . rollercoasters, pizza parties, front porches, politics, pet dogs, and tank tops. These poems live in ‘the carnival of what is,’ and they shout from the rooftops: live! live!” —Alexis Orgera

An Evening with Carmen Giménez Smith & Laurie Ann Guerrero
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening with poets Carmen Giménez Smith and Laurie Ann Guerrero.

CarmenCarmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, and four poetry collections—Milk and Filth; Goodbye, Flicker; The City She Was; and Odalisque in Pieces. Milk and Filth was a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. She recently co-edited the anthology Angels of the Americplyse: New Latin Writing. A CantoMundo Fellow, she is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press. She teaches in the creative writing MFA program at New Mexico State University.

LauriePoet Laureate of San Antonio, Laurie Ann Guerrero is the author of Babies under the Skin (Panhandler 2007), A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (Notre Dame 2013) and the forthcoming A Crown for Gumecindo (Aztlan Libre 2015). Her honors include the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, 2013 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and a 2014 International Latino Book Award. She holds degrees from Smith College and Drew University. Poet-in-Residence at Palo Alto College, she lives and writes in the Southside of San Antonio.

An Evening with Rob Brunet & Brannon Perkison
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Rob Brunet and Brannon Perkison.

Rob Brunet

Rob Brunet will be reading from his novel Stinking Rich, a “deviously funny” crime caper that asks “what could possibly go wrong when the backwoods Libidos Motorcycle Club hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana?” Brunet’s fiction has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Thuglit, Out of the GutterEllery Queen Mystery Magazine, Noir NationShotgun Honey, and numerous anthologies. Before committing to writing, he ran a digital media boutique producing award-winning Web presence for film and TV, including LOST, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and the cult series Alias.

BrannonBrannon Perkison is a fellowship winner with the SLS Literary Seminars and two-time finalist at the Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest, the largest of its kind in the state. His novel, The Do-Nothing, was a Quarter-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and earned the praise of best-selling author Louis Sachar with whom he studied. Brannon Perkison was born in Hawaii in 1969, the Navy-brat son of an intelligence officer. He was brought up in the piney woods of East Texas and has also lived in Germany and Ohio before moving to Dallas, Texas in 1998.

A Musical Afternoon with Jackson Emmer & Alison May
Nov 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Stop by Malvern Books to enjoy an afternoon of folk/experimental country music with musicians Jackson Emmer and Alison May.

Jackson EmmerJackson Emmer is an American Folk and Experimental Country composer, known mostly for his songwriting, unique vocal style, and dynamic performances. Emmer also plays the guitar, mandolin, and banjos. A prolific DIY artist, Emmer has self-released 21 records since 2007, both solo, and with old-time band The Howling Kettles. He collaborates frequently with Alison May, and performs with the group Hot Eagle. Emmer was born in Chicago, but raised in California and Colorado.

Alison MayAlison May is a folk singer, song writer, and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since leaving her native Texas in 2012. In 2013, May promoted the release of her first album, Earnest Keep, with two regional tours through the South and Midwest, one of which was by way of Amtrak train. May’s latest album is called Loved/Dark.

An Afternoon with Catharine Savage Brosman, Tomás Morin & Erin Belieu
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with poets Catharine Savage Brosman, Tomás Morin, and Erin Belieu.

CatherineCatharine Savage Brosman is Professor Emerita of French at Tulane University and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield. She is the author or editor of nineteen scholarly volumes. On the Old Plaza, just released, is her tenth collection of poetry. Her previous creative publications comprise two volumes of personal essays and nine collections of verse, including Range of Light, devoted to the American west, and Under the Pergola, featuring poems on Katrina and other Louisiana topics.

TomasTomás Q. Morín’s poetry collection A Larger Country was winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, and his translation of Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu was published by Copper Canyon Press. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, New England Review, and Narrative.

ErinErin Belieu is the author of four poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press: Infanta, selected for the National Poetry Series; One Above & One Below, winner of the Midlands Poetry Prize; Black Box, a finalist for the Los Angles Time Book Prize; and Slant Six. Belieu’s poems have appeared in places such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The AtlanticTin House, and Slate, as well as multiple appearances in Best American Poetry. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University, director of The Port Townsend Writers Conference, and co founder of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts.

Raw Paw Reading Series
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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.

Everything is Bigger: November ’14
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The captivating Tyler Gobble hosts our monthly reading series, Everything is Bigger, which features prose and poetry and prizes. 

B & C Book Club
Nov 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

B & C Book Club has been with us since we first opened our doors, so it’s only appropriate that they meet to discuss Macbeth on the weekend of our first anniversary!

“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

A Thousand Forests in One Acorn
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for readings and a discussion with Valerie Miles, editor of A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, a collection featuring twenty-eight of the greatest Spanish-language writers.

A Thousand Forests in One Acorn is perhaps the greatest cross-section of contemporary Spanish-language literature to be anthologized and translated into English. Composed over many years of conversations and literary adventures throughout the Spanish-speaking world, the book captures the voices of leading writers as they reflect on the particular work they consider closest to their heart, or that best expresses their driving creative obsession. Editor Valerie Miles will discuss her inspiration to assemble this formidable anthology and what it was like to interview some of the greatest authors of Spanish-language literature including: Nobel prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Javier Marías, Ana María Matute, and Enrique Vila Matas, among many others.

Valerie MilesValerie Miles is a writer, editor and translator who was born in New York and grew up in Pennsylvania, though she’s been living in Spain for over twenty years. In 2003, she founded the Spanish-language version of Granta, together with Aurelio Major, which is now on its fourteenth issue. Her articles, essays, and reviews appear in the New York Times, Paris Review, La Nación, La Vanguardia, and Granta.

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Nov 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.

An Evening with Malachi Black & Michael McGriff
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Malachi Black and Michael McGriff.

Malachi and Michael

Malachi Black (above left) is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), and two limited edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argos Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). Black’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review, among many other journals, and in several recent and forthcoming anthologies, including Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review; Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, and The Poet’s Quest for God. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship (awarded by the Poetry Foundation in conjunction with Poetry magazine), Black has since been granted fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, UT-Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, the University of Utah, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile in the Academy of American Poets’ American Poet magazine, and his work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad. Black is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego.

Michael McGriff (above right) was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. His books include Our Secret Life in the Movies (with J. M. Tyree), Home Burial, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, Dismantling the Hills, a translation of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola, and an edition of David Wevill’s essential writing, To Build My Shadow a Fire. His writing has appeared in Bookforum, Tin House, The Believer, PBS NewsHour, and Narrative. He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been recognized with a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. From 2009-2014 he served as editor and publisher at Tavern Books. He lives in Austin, Texas.