All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.

An Evening with Eric Shonkwiler & Ray Shea
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Eric Shonkwiler, Ray Shea, and special guests.

Eric and Ray

Eric Shonkwiler (above left) has had writing appear in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Fiction from University of California-Riverside, where he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, and is the Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as a former reader for [PANK] and former Editor-in-Chief and fiction editor for CRATE: The Literary Journal of UCR. He is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Above All Men, a 2014 Midwest Connections Pick released in March from MG Press. Critics have called Above All Men “sparse and poetic” (Frank Bill) and “stark and plainspokenly honest” (Sundog Lit), and have said it “weaves a compelling narrative together with tightly written prose that makes the realities of the post-collapse society profoundly acute” (CCLaP).

A native of Boston and New Orleans and a graduate of Rice University, Ray Shea (above right) has lived in Austin for most of the last two decades. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, apt, Sundog Lit, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. His essay “Forensic Biography and the Art of the Screenwriter” was recently a finalist for the Phoebe 2014 Annual Creative Nonfiction award judged by Cheryl Strayed. He is currently at work on a collection of personal essays and a book-length memoir about fatherhood, violence, addiction, and memory, and writes poetry in his spare time.

Nicanor Parra’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re having an all-day party to celebrate the 100th birthday of world-renowned Chilean (anti)poet Nicanor Parra!

Here’s a taste of what we’ll be doing to mark this grand centenary:

  • Starting at noon, guests will be giving readings from Chilean writers every half an hour
  • There’ll be an opportunity for you to share your favorite Parra poems
  • From 7pm onwards, we’ll host a reading and discussion with poet and Parra translator Dave Oliphant, who has many tales to tell about his interactions with the great man
  • Cake and refreshments with the program at 7pm

Nicanor Parra

Nicanor Parra is hugely popular in his native Chile, and many consider him to be one of the most significant poets of Spanish-language poetry—Pablo Neruda called him “one of the great names in the literature of our language.” Parra has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and in 2011 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world. Despite his fame as a poet, Parra kept up his “day job” as a professor of theoretical physics until his retirement in 1991. Parra describes himself as an “anti-poet,” someone who disdains any hint of poetic grandiosity. He shuns poetic convention in favor of playful, conversational musings, and his verse is full of raucous wit and humor. Stop by Malvern Books to celebrate his happy 100th and learn more about this wonderful poet!

Raw Paw Reading Series
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the inaugural shindig in a new monthly series, the Raw Paw reading series.

Raw Paw was founded in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Raw Paw began as a zine, and has since expanded into a print and music publishing house, creative platform, and party-thrower extraordinaire. We’re thrilled to be hosting their new monthly reading series, devoted to the very best of Raw Paw.

An Evening with Henry Chappell & James Magnuson
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with authors Henry Chappell and James Magnuson. We’ll kick things off at 7pm with live music from Americana roots duo Mark Viator and Susan Maxey; the readings will follow.

Henry ChappellHenry Chappell is a field reporter for The Land Report and writes a regular column for Texas Wildlife. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1997. His first novel, The Callings, was a 2003 Spur Award finalist in the Western Writers of America “best first novel” category, and his second, Blood Kin, was a finalist for the same award in 2005 for the “novel of the west” category, as well as runner-up for the TCU Texas Book Award. His most recent book, Silent We Stood, won the 2014 Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel.

JamesJames Magnuson is the author of nine novels, including Famous Writers I Have Known, Ghost Dancing, and Windfall. He has also written more than a dozen plays that have received productions everywhere from the street theaters of Harlem in the Sixties to Lincoln Center and Playwrights Horizons. He has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, winner of an NEA grant for his fiction, and for twenty-one years has been the Director of the Michener Center for Writers.

Everything is Bigger: September ’14
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bigger is back! The captivating Tyler Gobble hosts our monthly reading series, Everything is Bigger, which features prose and poetry and prizes. This month’s intrepid readers are Lisa Olstein, Dobby Gibson, Sam Sax, and Deb Olin Unferth.

Everything is Bigger

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Sep 18 @ 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.

B & C Book Club
Sep 20 @ 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

An Afternoon with Sarah Webb, David Meischen & Carol Hamilton
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with poets Sarah Webb, David Meischen, and Carol Hamilton.

SarahSarah Webb edited poetry for twelve years for Crosstimbers (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma). She co-edits the Zen arts magazine Just This for the Austin Zen Center and serves on the editorial committee of All Roads Will Lead You Home. Her work is currently appearing in A Ritual to Read to Each Other: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, The Enigmatist, Blue Hole, Persimmon Tree, Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems, Portland State ReadAround (, and The Texas Poetry Calendar. Her collection Black (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award.

DavidDavid Meischen has been writing poetry and teaching the writing of poetry for thirty years. He has had poems in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Borderlands, Cider Press Review, and other journals, as well as Two Southwests (Virtual Artists Collective, 2008), which features poets from the Southwest of China and the United States. Meischen has participated in four collaborative poetry and art shows, most recently Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest (Phoenix, AZ, Obliq Art, 2014). Also a fiction writer, Meischen has recent stories in The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, The Evansville Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in Mainstream Fiction, 2011, and the Talking Writing Fiction Contest, 2012, he has finished a novel in stories and is currently seeking an agent. Meischen is a co-founder and Managing Editor of Dos Gatos Press; he lives in Austin, TX, with his husband—also his co-publisher and co-editor—Scott Wiggerman.

CarolCarol Hamilton is a former elementary school teacher in Connecticut, Indiana and Oklahoma, the last twelve years in a school for gifted children. She taught in the English departments of a community college and on the graduate faculty at The University of Central Oklahoma. She has been a translator at a clinic for women and children for 20 years and translates for medical teams to Latino countries. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007. She has published 16 books: children’s novels, legends, and poetry. She has won a Southwest Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, Cherubim Award, Chiron Review Chapbook Award, Pegasus Award, David Ray Poetry Prize, the Byline Literary Awards for both short story and poetry, and the Warren Keith Poetry Prize. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize. She has a soon-to-be-released book of poetry titled SUCH DEATHS.

W. Joe’s Poetry Corner with Lyman Grant
Sep 24 @ 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. This month, Joe will play host to poet Lyman Grant.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Sep 27 @ 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 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:

Lion and Pirate Open Mic

Banned Books Week Presentation
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In honor of Banned Books Week, we’re teaming up with the Media Law Resource Center to host a discussion on censorship’s effects on First Amendment rights. A presentation on this topic will be given by lawyer Stacy Allen, a partner at Jackson Walker, and there will be an opportunity for an audience Q&A following his talk.