- All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
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Join us for the tenth 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books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll then have an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels.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 Troy is visiting us from Kansas to share his new book of short fiction, Wichita Stories, and Drew will be reading from UnDeath and Taxes, the continuing saga of a vampire accountant.
Troy James Weaver was born, raised, and remains in Wichita, Kansas. His work has been in Hobart, Everyday Genius, The LitHub, Atticus Review, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. His first book, Witchita Stories, was published by Future Tense Books in 2015. He is also the author of Visions (Broken River Press).
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.
Opening day seems like it was only yesterday, but in fact Malvern Books turns TWO this week. And we’re celebrating our second anniversary in fine style, with music, readings, and cake. Come on down and join the party!
* Also worth noting: there will be 25 % off everything in the store all day! *
At 2pm, you’re invited to join us for a communal reading of Kenneth Koch’s epic 104-stanza poem “When the Sun Tries to Go On” (from The Hasty Papers)… come and read a verse or two, and enjoy some birthday cake as your reward.
At 6pm, we’ll enjoy live music from Americana roots duo Mark Viator & Susan Maxey.
And at 7pm, we’ll rock out further with a little Poetry Karaoke. (It’s easy: you roll a lettered die and then select from our shelves 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!)
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 email@example.com. 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 “Things Under the Bed.” The lineup of intrepid artists is: SARAH KENNON, JONELL NELSON, TERESA Y. ROBERSON & THOM THE WORLD POET. An open mic, especially for Halloween tales, will follow! Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.
Join us for a reading featuring writers from Raw Paw’s new Alien zine. With David Jewell, Josh Boyd, and special guests!
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.
Join us for a reading with poets Reginald Gibbons and Michael Anania.
Reginald Gibbons is the author of nine books of poems, most recently Creatures of a Day (Finalist for the National Book Award) and Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories. His novel Sweetbitter is set in Texas in the early years of the 20th century. He has also published translations of Spanish and Mexican poetry, and of Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Bacchae. His newest book is How Poems Think (University of Chicago Press), a book for poets and readers of poetry which Rosanna Warren calls “a hymn of praise to the spell-casting powers of patterned language.”
Michael 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.
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.
Join us in celebrating the release of Susan Signe Morrison’s new novel, Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife. We’ll also enjoy live music from award-winning musician Sarah McSweeney.
Living in Austin, Texas, Susan Signe Morrison writes on topics lurking in the margins of history, ranging from recently uncovered diaries of a teenaged girl in World War II to medieval women pilgrims, excrement in the Middle Ages, and waste. Susan Morrison is Professor of English at Texas State University. She grew up in New Jersey by the Great Swamp, a National Wildlife Refuge with terrain not unlike that of Grendel’s Mother’s mere in Beowulf.
Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife is a feminist revision of the Old English epic, Beowulf. In it, we see the many passages of her life: the brine-baby who floated mysteriously to shore; the hall-queen presiding over the triumphant building of the golden hall Heorot and victim of sexual and political betrayal; the exiled mere-wife, who ekes out a marginal life by an uncanny bog as a healer and contends with the menacing Beowulf; and the seer, who prophesizes what will occur to her adopted people. We learn how the invasion by brutal men is not a fairy tale, but a disaster doomed to cycle relentlessly through human history. Only the surviving women can sing poignant laments, preserve a glittering culture, and provide hope for the future.
Sarah McSweeney grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, performing on stage in many venues and in various ensembles, and winning statewide competitions at the age of 14. She has opened for popular artists like Colbie Caillat, Michelle Branch, and BB King, as well as recorded original material with Grammy award-winning producer Ruslan Sirota (known for his work with Dianne Warren, Josh Groban, and Ne-yo ) and Brian Standefer, cellist for well-known Austin recording artist and musician Alexandro Escovedo. Sarah travels and sings internationally but can also be heard in local venues in Austin and the Hill Country area. She most recently has created her own genre of music, OPERA MANTRA, combining her extensive background in classical music with a love for mantras.
“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.
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). Kristin will be joined by writers M. Mack, Stacey Balkun, Erika Jo Brown, Ava Love Hanna, BJ Love, Liz Belile and Nettie Reynolds.
E. Kristin Anderson is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Kristin is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website and her YA memoir The Summer of Unraveling is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of four chapbooks: A Jab of Deep Urgency (Finishing Line Press); A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks); Pray Pray Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press); and Acoustic Battery Life (forthcoming from ELJ Publications). She is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. She now lives in Austin, Texas, where she is currently working on a full-length collection of erasure poems from women’s and teen magazines.
Join us in celebrating the launch of Chaitali Sen’s debut novel, The Pathless Sky.
Chaitali Sen was born in India and raised in the northeastern United States. She is the author of The Pathless Sky, published by Europa Editions, and her short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other journals. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas, where she is also an elementary school teacher.
Dalton Day is a trembling, literal dog-person, Pushcart nominee, & MFA candidate in The New Writers Project at UT Austin. He is the author of the poetry collection Actual Cloud, as well as the chapbooks FAKE KNIFE and the forthcoming To Breathe I’m Too Thin. His poems have been featured in PANK, Hobart, Columbia Poetry Review & Alien Mouth, among others. Currently, he is an editor for FreezeRay Poetry & Souvenir Lit.
Layne Ransom continues to exist. She has an online chapbook out on H_NGM_N and is a poetry MFA candidate in the New Writers Project. She is an aspiring moon princess and loves Sting’s solo career. Those are probably related somehow.
Sam Sax is an NEA Fellow and a Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers where he’s the associate poetry editor at Bat City Review. He’s the two time Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion and author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry 2014) and sad boy / detective (Winner of the Black Lawrence’s 2014 Black River Chapbook Prize).
Join us in celebrating the launch of William Virgil Davis’s new collection, Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New (Texas Review Press).
William Virgil Davis’s most recent book of poetry is Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New (2015). He has published five other books of poetry: The Bones Poems; Landscape and Journey, which won the New Criterion Poetry Prize and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry; Winter Light; The Dark Hours, which won the Calliope Press Chapbook Prize; and One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His poems have appeared in most of the major periodicals, here and abroad, including Agenda, The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, The Harvard Review, The Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review The Nation, The New Criterion, PN Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, The Southern Review, and TriQuarterly, among many others. He is past President of the Texas Institute of Letters and Professor Emeritus of English and Writer-in-Residence at Baylor University.
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. We’re starting with A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes, an unexpected, entertaining story of inept pirates and cruel children. If you want to take part in this lively literary adventure, stop by the store, sign up, buy yourself a copy, and get reading!
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 November 7th.
Join us in celebrating the launch of J. Scott Brownlee’s first full-length poetry collection, Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize).
J. Scott Brownlee is a poet from Llano, Texas. His work appears widely and includes the chapbooks Highway or Belief, which won the 2013 Button Poetry Prize, Ascension, which won the 2014 Robert Phillips Poetry Prize, and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County, which won the 2015 Tree Light Books Prize. His first full-length collection, Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize. Brownlee is a founding member of The Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class. He teaches for Brooklyn Poets as a core faculty member and is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU, where he earned his MFA.
Join us in celebrating the release of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres (Rose Metal Press), edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov. This event will feature readings from contributors.
Family Resemblance explores hybrid literary genres in depth, providing craft essays and examples of hybrid forms by 43 distinguished authors, including Julie Marie Wade, Takashi Hiraide, Maggie Nelson, Joe Wenderoth, and Etgar Keret. In this study of eight hybrid genres—including lyric essay, epistolary, poetic memoir, prose poetry, performative, short-form nonfiction, flash fiction, and pictures made of words—the family tree of hybridity takes delightful shape, showcasing how cross-genre works blend features from multiple literary parents to create new entities, forms that feel more urgent than ever in today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape.