Alienated Majesty Books

Home of the weird, the radical, and the lost. A bookstore showcasing poetry, literary fiction, and works in translation. A refuge for writers and bibliophiles.

We carry poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and works translated from other languages and stage literary readings and games.

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June events 🐟🐠🐡 we've got book launches, pop-ups, Q&As, and even a Tumblr themed reading & open mic. Come thru!

p.s. we've got a new events flyer in-store if you wanna grab one to take home, put on your fridge, leave under a stack of books, etc

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TONIGHT! So jazzed to be hosting for the launch of their new memoir AND we get to hear from .nagy.captan 💫💫 Starts at 6! **masks are required for tonight's event**

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Last weekend to shop our monthly Staff Picks before it's June 🥵 we're open 11-8 Fri-Sun and 11-7 Tues-Thurs, come hang

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We're partnering with for a special screening series, PAPER CUTS 🎬 where films are paired with books to enrich your movie-watching experience.

In June, AFS is showing Derek Jarman's THE GARDEN; we're pairing it with Jarman's MODERN NATURE, a part diary/part meditation on the reality of HIV-seropositivity in the 80s. AFS's June 16 showing will feature a discussion with Francesca Balboni, doctoral candidate in the UT Department of Art and Art History. (And we'll be popping up with books!)

Stop by to snag your copy of the MODERN NATURE ahead of the screening — we're open Tues thru Thurs 11-7 and Fri thru Sun 11-8. 💡

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⛓️‍💥🎸 METAL SHOW AT THE BOOKSTORE 🎸⛓️‍💥 doors at 8:30pm. $5 suggested donation to UNRWA. Get to the gig!

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🥀🔹 EVENTS @ ALIENATED 🔹🥀 yes we're 7 days into May... but here's what's happening at the store this month! As always, events are free and open to the public. Come hang :)

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☔️ THURSDAY MAY 2 ☔️ join us for a reading with DOWNPOUR ATX featuring local writers and .sultana.rizvi — RSVP for a headcount at the link in our bio. The event is free! All are welcome! Join us at Tweedys after for post-reading drinks and hangs :)

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SUNDAY! 6 pm! Join us in store for the launch of Sasha West’s second book HOW TO ABANDON SHIP from Four Way Books , with readings from the book and from guest Lisa Olstein. 🎆⚓️🎇


Part-time Public Relations; Social Media, and Bookseller (1 position)

Tentative Start Date: 5/1/24

Compensation: $23/hr

Expected Hours: 20-25 hours/week in-store and remote

Deadline to Apply: Monday April 21, 2024

Job Description: Alienated Majesty Books specializes in small presses that readers generally won’t find at other bookstores in town, as well as poetry, comics, literary fiction, and a large variety of works in translation. We want to offer a more international vision of the literary community. We expect you to be an avid reader and to be familiar with the kind of books that we carry. Bookselling, to us, is more than just pushing what’s popular. It’s about conversing with customers, understanding their needs and expectations, and recommending books that they might enjoy. On top of your bookselling duties, you’ll be responsible for publicity. You’ll be the voice of the store and create copy for our social media accounts and website. You’ll establish relationships with the small presses that we carry, and you’ll work with our events coordinator to publicize events.

Sound interesting? Head to our website (link in our bio) for more details on the job and information on how to apply. We can’t wait to read your applications! 😍

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✈️ meet PILOT PRESS! ✈️ “Pilot Press is the imprint of the artist Richard Porter, started in 2017 to help retrieve a philosophy of publishing lost to AIDS and capitalism.

These books are *cool*, thoughtful, and enticingly q***r. They’re smart, too, and funny — describing them feels like describing a friend we’re excited for you to meet. And in a way, we are!

We’re particularly excited about their “Responses” series, which features multi-media engagements with a range of artworks by artists such as Derek Jarman, Gillian Rose, Agnes Martin, Harold Budd and the Cocteau Twins, and more!!

Plus, there’s DEFINITELY someone in your life who is gonna love “A Q***r Anthology of Healing!!” ❤️‍🩹 ❤️‍🩹😘

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💧APRIL EVENT SCHEDULE IS HERE!💧can’t wait to see y’all at these amazing literary functions. Find more information on our website and on our page here as the dates approach!

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‼️TOMORROW ‼️ Don’t miss this exciting stop on the launch tour of Sean Enfield’s latest greatest book of essays, HOLY AMERICAN BURNOUT! Available now from Split/Lip Press. Sean will read and appear in conversation with author and editor Diamond Braxton — we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them both! RSVP at the link in our bio for a headcount :)


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🌸updated!🌸 MARCH EVENTS! Come see us :)

3/22 Holy American Burnout! 6:30-8:30 pm

Readings and conversations with Sean Enfield and Diamond Braxton .

Let’s talk burnout! Dallas-born author Sean Enfield will be at Alienated Majesty on Friday, March 22nd to talk about his newly-published collection of essays Holy American Burnout! (Split/Lip Press), which weaves personal essay and cultural critique into the historical fabric of Black and bi-racial identity. Joining Sean is Austin-based writer and editor Diamond Braxton will be reading her short fiction and joining Sean in a conversation about the collection, the many forces that lead to our collective burnout, and of course, Frank Ocean.

RSVP at link in our bio.

3/28 TERTULIAS, 6-8 pm

Come join us to celebrate the Spanish language. The third Thursday of every month Alienated Majesty, Hablemos escritoras y la Iniciativa de escritura creativa en español de UT, invite you to listen and read, out loud, the works of students, our favorite authors, to celebrate the richness of this diverse and expansive language, and share its culture.

This month’s featured readings TBA.

Refreshments to follow.

3/30 BOOKS BEHIND BARS: Stories from the Prison Books Movement. 6-8 pm

Books through Bars: Stories from the Prison Books Movement (UGA Press), edited by Dave “Mac” Marquis and Moira Marquis, recounts 70 years of the grassroots movement and collective which today still challenge the prison industrial complex by corresponding with incarcerated people and providing them with donated books.

There will be readings from the book and letters from imprisoned people, as well as information on Austin’s own Inside Books Project, prisoner art, refreshments, and merch.

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🎉TOMORROW! 🎉this is an UNOFFICIAL showcase so please come down and support these artists, many of whom have pulled out of their official SXSW events. We can’t wait to see you all, enjoy some music and poems, and be together amongst books and community 💕

Approximate set times here:
Chris Acker 3:30-3:50
Creekbed Carter Hogan 3:50-4:10
hemlock 4:10-4:30
Squirrel Flower (solo) 4:30-4:50
Sarah Matthes 4:50-5:10
Nicole Hale 5:10-5:30
Sara Noelle 5:30-5:50
Little Mazarn 5:50-6:10
Living Hour 6:10-6:30

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🎉 We’re popping up y’all! 🎉 we’ll be at benefit showcase hosted by and selling books by Palestinian authors and poets, on the history of Palestine and the Nakba, and a variety of other texts about freedom, organizing, and community care. Come listen to amazing music, raise money for eSIMS to keep folks in Palestine connected, and buy a book to take home to keep yourself connected to the struggle. See you at the benefit ❤️💚

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From the Center for the Art of Translation comes Two Lines Press, who are “dedicated to finding dazzling new, overlooked, and underrepresented voices, brought into English by the best translators, and celebrating the art of translation.” We’re pleased to carry their translated fiction, as well as a number of editions of their beautifully designed Calico series, which curates work around a particular theme, region, language, historical region, or style. To hell with puppy love! We’re crushing hard on this cat 🐱

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❤️‍🔥P R E S S C R U S H ❤️‍🔥 & Other Stories was founded in the UK in 2009, and since then they have been introducing superb contemporary writing, including many translated works, to the literary conversation. Their publishing model includes reading groups where folks help read and select manuscripts in other languages that might be translated into English. We love the books they make, and are honored to carry them here in Austin!

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NEW CENTRAL TABLE DISPLAY! 🎵music 🎥film 💿 technology (that’s right we chose a CD as a symbol for tech what can we say we’re an indie bookstore in the year of Audre Lorde 2024). Y’all here for SXSW? Alternatively, y’all hiding from SXSW? Then best boy oh best boy (film joke!) do we have some things for you. Come say hi, check out our titles, and consider stopping in for our SXSW showcase on 3/14 with 🎹


It should say “Cronenberg # # # Ballard” but hey we work under the rule of the marquee! SATURDAY at 7 pm join us for the launch of our inaugural Alienated Majesty Books zine AUTO-EROTICS, accompanied by a screening of CRASH. Drinks and snacks / blood and shrapnel provided. Tag a buddy you’d like to carpool with ;)

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Host Publications is proud to celebrate the launch of Survived By: An Atlas of Disappearance by Stephanie Niu, winner of the Spring 2024 Host Chapbook Prize! Full of lament and wonder in equal measure, Niu’s poems are maps that guide us to a place of intimate attention where we can hold what is most vulnerable and tender on this planet, to better understand what has already been lost and what is currently at stake. These poems collect fragments of memory to shape an archive of things lost—from the fleeting raptures of childhood to the species nearing and beyond extinction.

Featured readers include: Stephanie Niu, cloud deflina cardona, and Bianca Alyssa Pérez. Hosted by editors Claire Bowman and Annar Veröld, audience members will have the chance to win chapbooks and an Alienated Majesty bookstore gift card. Free & open to all lovers of poetry. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Friday February 23 at 7 pm!


Submissions are open till FEBRUARY 24 for our inaugural freaky little zine! AUTO-EROTICS is a delight for ambulance chasers, rubber neckers, and chicken winners (you with me?). Send us your poems, drawings, short fiction, interviews, comics, etc that engage with Ballard, Cronenberg, and high-collision erotics. Email submissions to [email protected]! And mark your calendars for the zine launch March 2, at which we’ll read from the zine and watch the damn movie!! 🩸❤️‍🩹🩸

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You ever seen someone with a book in their back pocket? You ever wanted to ask that butt out on a date? Well now you can be the cutie you wish to see in the world. Come check out our pint-sized books from David Zwirner , Prickly Paradigm Press , and Notting Hill Editions ! Visionary, thoughtful, beautiful work packed into a tiny little package. 💕

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Another thing we love is our books by Black authors! It’s global Black history month and in the US African American History month, and we have incredible books by Black writers from around the world to offer you. We’ll be rotating out this display as folks shop it, so check back throughout February to see who we’re featuring on our front display table!

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Reading is sexy … when the books are! 💕💕💕 come run a suggestive little eyeball over our central display table. Delicately select from our perfectly salacious reads. From romance to erotica, theory to poetry, we have the perfect selection for any flavor of valentine 💌 💝🪢

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💕 FEBRUARY EVENTS AT ALIENATED MAJESTY BOOKS! 💕 mark your calendars and set your watches, we have some incredible book events coming up. Swipe for event posters, and keep your eyes beautifully peeled for more info as the dates approach. We love you and we’d love to see you at the literary function!

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DID YOU KNOW ⁉️ that February 5 is the last day to register to vote in the March 5 elections? Along with the primary elections for the president, we also have a senatorial seat under contention, and a number of representative positions. And did you know you can register to vote RIGHT HERE AT AM BOOKS? Stop by to peruse our politics and history section, get yourself in the mood to perform this civic action, and then grab a registration. You can then just drop it in a mailbox, no postage necessary. 📬


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to the inaugural AMB zine🩸AUTO-EROTICS🩸In February we’ll be screening our idea of a classic romance film, David Cronenberg’s CRASH, based on the novel of the same name by JG Ballard. We know that some of our patrons are freaky little Crash-heads just like us, so in advance of our screening we’re putting together a zine full of essays, drawing, fiction, poetry, photography, epistles — anything xerox-able, sexy, and/ or exploding. Write a love poem to the car you once shtupped in, send us some slash about JG Ballard and David Cronenberg snowed in at a car rental office, write some dirty acrostics based on the license plates you see outside your office — if you’re asking yourself “is this weird thing what they’re looking for?” then send it our way!

Email submissions to [email protected] by FEBRUARY 8 to be considered!

And stay tuned for more info about our Love Month screening of CRASH on February 15 🩸❤️🩸

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Have you checked out our face up poetry displays? We’re featuring three incredible presses this month:

HOST PUBLICATIONS is a beloved local press championing the work of writers of marginalized identities and communities, primarily women, people of color, and immigrants. Their books are slim, vibrant, and gorgeously designed. Stay tuned for an event we’ll be hosting for Host (heeheeha) in the near future!

Zephyr Press invites us to “read between international lines,” publishing poetry and prose from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia. We have a particularly gorgeous selection of poetry translated from Chinese!

Archipelago Press offers over 200 books from more than 35 countries! Their iconic square shape and beautifully textured covers make these books deeply collectible.

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🎬CENTRAL TABLE DISPLAY 🎬 for January is a curated selection of books on film — both books that engage with cinema creatively, analytically, and obsessively, AND books that have inspired film adaptations. From the texts that inspired contemporary movies like American Fiction and Poor Things, to nonfiction analyses of classic favorites like Predator, Videodrome, and of course Roadhouse, we’ve got something for every Venn diagram of cine/biblio-phile!

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