• 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.
An Evening with Danielle Sellers, Greg Brownderville & Ricardo Acevedo
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Danielle Sellers, Greg Brownderville, and Ricardo Acevedo (below, left to right).

Danielle, Greg, Ricardo

Danielle Sellers is from Key West, Florida. She has a BA in English from UT Austin, an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in River Styx, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published by Main Street Rag. She teaches English at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 2011 Greg Alan Brownderville published his first collection of poems, entitled Gust (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), which made the Poetry Foundation’s Best-Seller List and was included among “Top Picks” by the Library Journal. In 2012 Brownderville published Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books), a collection of folkloristic poems based on fieldwork he conducted in and around his home community of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. Deep Down also features paintings by outsider artist Billy Moore, of Memphis, Tennessee. Brownderville’s third book, a collection of poems entitled A Horse with Holes in It, will be released by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series in the fall of 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. Since 2012 Brownderville has been an assistant professor of English at SMU in Dallas, where he teaches creative writing, primarily poetry. He has also taught poetry workshops at Ole Miss, Hendrix College, and Lincoln University. Brownderville holds an MFA from Ole Miss.

Born of Yaqui-Mexican and Scottish decent, Ricardo Acevedo was raised in Southern California. He began writing seriously while taking course work at the San Francisco Art Institute in Performance Art, 3D Design, and Video Art. He was published in many local poetry/literary zines and performed with other authors such as Kathy Acker at San Francisco’s annual Poetry on the Water event. Ricardo moved to Austin in 1998 and established himself as a photo-based graphic artist. On the writing front, Ricardo’s poetry and essays have been published regularly in Harold McMillan’s Downtown Arts Magazine, and read often at Chicano poet Raúl R. Salinas’ Cafe Libro. His second prose collection, Sonambulo, was released by DiverseArts Press in 2003. Ricardo was published in the Texas Poetry Festival collection in 2010 and performed improvisational poetry with Austin’s Word Jazz LowStars from 1999-2013. In 2011 Ricardo published a book of his photography and prose entitled Interloper, followed by Night in 2013. He is also part of Christopher Carmona’s “Beats in Texas” project soon to be published by UT Press. Now he is hard at work on his biography and a series of Sci-Fi Noir novellas, and makes his living as a graphic artist and photographer.

Raw Paw Reading Series: Mind Maze
Feb 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. With refreshments and readings from local poets, and hosted by Wade Martin and A.R Rogers.

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.

Mind Maze 4 cover art

Novel Night: February ’15
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the second 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 Ernie Wood will read from his novel One Red Thread, “a tale of time travel and its consequences,” and Howard A. Schwartz will read from his novel Flight of the Crow.

ErnieA native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ernie Wood received his AB in English Literature from Hamilton College in New York, returned to his home state to work in newspaper and magazine journalism, and arrived in Austin in 1984. Over a long career, he has been an award-winning writer of non-fiction books, documentary film scripts, advertising and journalism, which he has taught at Austin Community College. One Red Thread is his first novel. Writing in the Austin American-Statesman, Charles Ealy said of the book: “Wood has an easy style and knows how to unravel a complicated tale that keeps your interest.”

HowardHoward A. Schwartz was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked in real estate for thirty-one years. He now enjoys a second career as a writer and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Margaret, and fox terrier Bailey. Flight of the Crow is his first published novel. He’s currently working on the sequel and it should be published sometime in 2015.

B & C Book Club
Feb 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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
Feb 19 @ 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.

W. Joe’s Poetry Corner
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presenting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, in which our host W. Joe Hoppe interviews a poet, who will then give a reading and answer questions from audience members.

Poetry Corner

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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 in celebrating the first anniversary of our fun and friendly open mic!

Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here:

Lion and Pirate

DEAR Texas Presents the Best of Texas Association of Authors
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 of the Fiction and Poetry categories.

An Evening with Santiago Vizcaíno & Alexis Levitin
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a bilingual reading and discussion with Ecuadorian poet Santiago Vizcaíno and translator Alexis Levitin (pictured together below, with Vizcaíno on the right).

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).

Vizcaino and Levitin

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

An Evening with Daniel Wolff & Bob Ayres
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Daniel WolffDaniel 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

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 support of her new album release American Kid. In 2011 he released a solo instrumental album entitled David Pulkingham Plays Guitar. In 2012 he released a 5-song EP of originals called David Pulkingham Plays Guitar and Sings 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.