Join us for another installment of Novel Night, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: published authors will read from their work and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll also have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles and invite questions from the audience.
Also worth noting: we’re offering 20% OFF ALL FICTION TITLES during Novel Night (from 6pm till closing).
This month’s Novel Night has a SciFi/Fantasy/Speculative twist, and features a trifecta of talented writers: Amanda Downum, Marshall Ryan Maresca, and Yasser Bahjatt (left to right, below).
Amanda Downum is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles—The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of Dust—published by Orbit Books, and Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and elsewhere. She lives in Austin, TX. Her day job sometimes involves dressing up as a giant worm.
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels: The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue and the upcoming Holver Alley Crew. His work also appeared in the Norton Hint Fiction anthology and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He has also had several short plays produced.
Yasser Bahjatt is a US-born author, translator, software developer, entrepreneur, and co founder of Yatakhayaloon: The League of Arabic SciFiers, as well as the co-founder of ARIA (Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array) Logistics. He holds a BA in Computer Engineering, completed Cambridge University’s MOSAIC leadership and management program in the United Kingdom, and was the first Saudi graduate of Singularity University (SU) in Silicon Valley, CA, where he founded Matternet, a project which aims to alleviate poverty and accelerate growth through roadless transportation networks. Bahjatt manages business development at Quad Dimensions Tech, owns and manages E2T (the leading eSports company of Saudi Arabia) and data networking provider Intelligent Networks’ Components (INC, Saudi Arabia’s first local internet gaming service), and promotes innovations in eSports by serving as president of the Electronic Sports International Federation (eSIF). Bahjatt was the first to translate TED talks into Arabic; he translates for TED conferences worldwide. He is the author of Yaqteena: The Old World (2015), the first installment and English translation of his SciFi novel series, which explore an alternate historical timeline in which major historical events left Islamic society untouched. Bahjatt co-authored and translated the Saudi Arabia best-selling novel HWJN.