Malvern Books in Austin will close on Dec. 31

The main reason behind the closing is from the company’s founder’s death in July 2022.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin classic Malvern Books has announced that they will be closing their doors at the end of the year.

Local bookstore in Central Austin, Malvern Books, has announced on their Twitter account that they will officially be closing their doors on Dec. 31. The store has been open for the last nine years on West 29th Street and has been home to all kinds of books that founder Joe Bratcher loved:

“Mostly poetry and fiction from small, independent presses. He wanted to promote writers and translators of books from other countries, while also championing the work of local writers,” their website states.

The bookstore stated that even through the hardest times of the pandemic, the store was able to stay afloat due to the loyalty of their customers. The main reason behind the closing is from the company’s founder’s death in July 2022.

“I can’t tell you how hard it has been to try and carry on in this space without him. Our little Malvern world has not been the same since, and, as much as we love this store and our amazing customers, Malvern Books simply cannot continue without our Joe,” Malvern Books Manager Becky Garcia said in the announcement.

The bookstore will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 pm until the final day on Dec. 31. Masks are still required for all patrons visiting the store. Residents can also buy from the store online here.

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