Austin indie bookstore Malvern Books will close in December

Malvern Books, a University of Texas-area purveyor of literary fiction, announced on Friday that it will close its doors at the end of the year.

“We’ve had a wonderful time sharing our favorite books with you over the past nine years,” manager Becky Garcia said in a statement posted on the bookstore’s website, “and it’s been an honor to celebrate the work of so many brilliant writers through our readings and events.”

The store’s last day will be Dec. 31. Malvern Books cofounder Joe W. Bratcher III died on July 28, at age 64, from complications from COVID.

Upon his death, Bratcher was hailed as a humanitarian, filmmaker, teacher, musician and publisher, who earned his Ph.D. in English literature from UT. With wife Elzbieta Szoka, he started and ran a publishing house, Host Publications, which put out a literary magazine called the Dirty Goat and several books of poetry and prose.

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