If it’s not blindingly obvious by now, we love to see poets and writers and artists and musicians strutting their stuff on our bookstore stage (and y’all seem to rather enjoy it too). And what makes hosting an event even more rewarding? Hosting it in partnership with an awesome local organization! This past week, we’ve been positively spoilt for charming community collaborators…
On Thursday we teamed up with the University of Texas at Austin’s New Writers Project to host poet extraordinaire Michael Teig (pictured above). When Dean Young says your poems are “deft as an owl landing in a blossoming cherry tree,” well, we expect very big things—and Michael definitely did not disappoint.
And yesterday afternoon we were thrilled to partner 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) to host a warm and welcoming open mic for writers and musicians. We had a great turnout, and the performers (including Shaniqua Esparza and CTD member Gene Rodgers, pictured above) brought a ton of talent and energy to Malvern’s mushroom-wood stage.
Check out the footage below for a taste of our eventful week, and be sure to visit our YouTube channel for more!
Winter got you feeling gloomy? Tempted to spend the rest of the month hiding behind the sofa with a box of Tagalongs and a choccie-stained copy of Either/Or? Fear not, for we have a trifecta of cheering Februarial excitements planned for you at Malvern Books:
- On Sunday, February 9th, at 2pm we’re teaming up 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) to host a friendly, low-volume OPEN MIC for writers and musicians of all ages and abilities. Everyone will be warmly welcomed and encouraged, so please do come by!
- On Wednesday, February 12th, at 7pm our beloved Everything is Bigger reading series returns (check out footage from the first Bigger on our YouTube channel), with the inimitable Tyler Gobble playing host to the alarmingly accomplished Claudia Smith, Dan Boehl, and Laurel Hunt. And for the avaricious amongst you, please note THERE WILL BE RAFFLE PRIZES.
And by the way… Either/Or contains a section entitled “Crop Rotation: An Attempt at a Theory of Social Prudence”—you don’t want to read that! Come to Malvern Books, attend an event or three, and pick up some brand-spanking-new reading material while you’re at it. Check out our front window for a few ideas.