It’s been a delightfully hectic few days here at Malvern, and we’ve been thoroughly spoiled vis-à-vis awesome events. First up: on Saturday night we hosted a reading with writers Tatiana Ryckman and E. Kristin Anderson (below, left and right).
Tatiana’s brilliant collection of tiny fictions, Twenty-Something, is one of Malvern Books’ bestsellers, so we were obviously keen to hear her read. She entertained us with a food-themed performance (to show her mom that she can write about something other than sex) and made us blush by praising our “phenomenally curated” shelves (thanks, Tatiana!). And Kristin very kindly brought Found Poetry kits for attendees (thanks, Kristin!) and proved herself to be an exceptionally multi-talented writer, reading both verse (her found poetry collection, A Jab of Deep Urgency, is sourced from Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad) and science fiction.
And last night we hosted a wonderful event with a distinctly Spanish theme: guitarist David Córdoba (below left) treated us to Flamenco music, and editor Valerie Miles (below right) read from and discussed her anthology A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, which features twenty-eight of the greatest Spanish-language writers.
It was fascinating to learn more about Valerie’s anthology, which she describes as a “best of the best” collection with a twist: we know which stories the critics praise most, but which of their own works do the writers truly admire? Check out the footage below to find out (and visit our YouTube channel for more videos from this event).