The Birthday Bash at Malvern Books

CakeMalvern Books turned one last week—and what better excuse for a three-day-long bookstore blowout? We assembled a charming cast of readers, artists, and musicians (and cake, of course), and got our HAPPY BIRTHDAY on in fine style. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the store to celebrate with us… we truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support! And for those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a little recap of our birthday extravaganza…

On Friday night, we hosted a showcase featuring readings from the students enrolled in UT Austin’s New Writers Project (and Malvernite Taylor Jacob Pate, himself a New Writers’ MFA candidate, acted as the showcase MC). Writers (below, left to right) Austin Rodenbiker, Adam Ortman, Kate Kelly, Adam Edelman and Noah Weisz shared their work with us—and left us feeling confident that the future of literature is in very talented hands! You can check out footage from some of their readings below:

MFA Students

Saturday evening saw us welcome to our stage (below, left to right) W. Joe Hoppe (host of W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, and a gifted poet); writer and artist Richard Sober (whose artwork is still on display around the store for a couple more days… so hurry on in!); acclaimed classical guitarist Tony Morris; and poet and translator Kurt Heinzelman (who is also the man responsible for teaching Dr. Joe—Malvern’s curmudegon-in-chief and the evening’s MC—to love poetry!)

Day Two

And on Sunday afternoon we rounded out our birthday celebrations with honky-tonk cabaret from TOPSY (band members Joy Beth, Brett Reeves, and Cephas Wozencraft pictured below left); a reading from historical anthropologist Dr. Fred McGhee (middle); and a screening of two short films from poet and film maker Richard Bailey (at right).

Day Three

A Plethora of Poetry

A merry Malvern Monday to you all! We have a couple of timely bookstore tidbits for you:

  • Bigger is back on Wednesday night! The enchanting Tyler Gobble will be giving several of you some utterly mad prizes, and our readers, Andrew Zawacki, Laurie Saurborn Young, and Fernando Flores, will be giving all of you some utterly stupendous performances, so don’t miss out on THE FUN.

Karen and Richard

Speaking of all things fun and eventful—on Friday night we had a packed house for an evening with poets Karen Kevorkian and Richard Bailey (pictured above). Be sure to check out footage from their readings below (our apologies to Karen, whose impeccable performance went partially unrecorded due to, ahem, camera-related difficulties… curse you, technology).

And on Saturday night we were delighted to host a reading and celebration for participants of the Free Minds writing workshop and students of the Class of 2014 (pictured below). The Free Minds workshops are founded on the notion that each person has a unique and powerful voice that deserves to be heard, and the students’ compelling narratives were a moving testimony to this belief. Thanks to everyone who took part, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from y’all in the future!

Free Minds