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Malvern Books presents: Mary Helen Specht, Elizabeth Harris & Thomas McNeely

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Join us for a reading with three acclaimed Texas novelists, Mary Helen Specht, Elizabeth Harris, and Thomas McNeely.

Mary Helen Specht’s novel, Migratory Animals, is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Indie Next Selection, and an Austin-American Statesman Selects book—and a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for First Fiction. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Dobie Paisano Fellow.

Elizabeth Harris’s novel, Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award and an Austin Chronicle Top Read of 2015, is a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. Her first collection of stories, The Ant Generator, was winner of the University of Iowa Press John Simmons Prize. She taught fiction writing and modern literature for a number of years at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas H. McNeely’s first novel, Ghost Horse, was winner of the 2014 Gival Press Novel Award. Library Journal described Ghost Horse “as if Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson teamed up to write a 1970’s Texas YA novel that went off the rails somewhere—in a very, very good way.” McNeely has received fellowships from the Dobie Paisano Program, the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Emerson College and the Stanford Online Writers Workshop. He will be teaching a workshop on revising fiction, “Losing Yourself, Finding Your Voice: The Art of Revision,” at the Writers’ League of Texas on Saturday, May 14th (

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