Here comes the Lit Crawl: A guide to events

Austin Lit Crawl, 2013 Photo by Bob Daemmrich
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Austin Lit Crawl, 2013 Photo by Bob Daemmrich

The Texas Book Festival has announced the details for its fifth annual Lit Crawl Austin, to take place Saturday night, Oct. 17, and it’s full of events, including ghost stories at the Texas State Cemetery, Nerd Jeopardy and the Literary Death Match.

The annual pub crawl, a co-production of the Texas Book Festival and Litquake Foundation, features writers at various East Austin venues, hosting offbeat readings and playing literary games.

“Lit Crawl this year is going to be insane (in a good way), in celebration of our fifth year in Austin,” said co-organizer Jill Meyers. “From spooky ghost stories for all ages in the Texas State Cemetery to R-rated Lit Crawl Against Humanity games — and everything in between — we’ve got it.”

Lit Crawl Austin is inspired by and co-produced with San Francisco’s long-running Lit Crawl. This year’s Lit Crawl program will be designed by author Zachary Thomas Dodson (“Bats of the Republic”), and the event will include a bat scavenger hunt.

Here’s a look at some of the events, which are free and open to the public:

  • Literary Death Match: Authors David Crabb, Helen Philipps, Gwendolyn Zepeda and Kirk Lynn read from their own work for seven minutes or less, and are judged by Chuck Palahniuk, Linda Gray and Attica Locke. 7 p.m., The North Door, 502 Brushy St.
  • Nerd Jeopardy: Booze and Boo-Related Trivia:  Author Sloane Crosley, Austin Grossman and Viet Thanh Nguyen face off to test their literary knowledge. 8:30 p.m., The North Door.
  • After-party. 10:30 p.m., The North Door.
  • Balderdash by fields + Deep Vellum: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Andrew Ervin, Mary Helen Specht, Tea Obreht, Mia Alvar and Dan Sheehan play Balderdash, where they try to trick you into thinking they know what they’re talking about. 7:30 p.m., Gelateria Gemelli, 1009 E. 6th
  • ABC/Story Department – Fiasco! Author Brin-Jonathan Butler, Heidi Julavits, Rebecca Makkai and Manuel Martinez tell true stories about personal fiascos. 7:30 p.m., Practice Yoga, 1103 E. 6th St
  • You Should Know These Poets: Authors Ariana Brown, Tomas Morin, Paul Otremba and others read their poetry in an event sponsored by Sasha West and “Sorin Oak Review.” 8:30 p.m., Practice Yoga.
  • Five Things: The Wild, Wild West! An Austin-based reading series featuring Carmiel Banasky, Matt Difee, Amelia Gray and Kristin Valdez Quade focusing on Western themes. 7:30 p.m., Wonderland, 1104 E. 6th
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? American Short Fiction hosts this game where writers try to identify lines from each other’s recent books. Participants are Lauren Groff, Skip Horack, Alexandra Kleeman, Benjamin Markovits and Elizabeth McCracken. 8:30 p.m., Wonderland.
  • Slice Literary’s Exquisite Corpse: A short story is stitched together by writers Marisa Marchetto, Sarah McCoy, Keija Parssinen, Neal Pollack and Sung J. Woo. One person writes a few paragraphs, then another writer continues the story, and so on, with the reading of the collective tale at the end. 9:30 p.m., Wonderland.
  • Bat City’s Round-Robin: Authors Jynne Dilling Martin, Benjamin Percy and M.O. Walsh participate in a literary mash-up presented by Bat City Review. 7:30 p.m., Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E. 6th
  • Gulf Coast – Back to the Futurismo: Matt Bell, Kelly Link, Lincoln Michel and Laura van den Berg share dazzling words and games. 8:30 p.m., Clayworks.
  • NANO SEHR Flash: Fiction Becomes Music: A collaboration among NANO Fiction writers Kelly Luce, Jessica Richardson, Matthew Salesses and Vincent Scarpa and classical music composers Russell Podgorsek and Hermes Camacho. 9:30 p.m., Clayworks.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? All Ages Event: Spooky tales from YA authors Jake Halpern, Stephen Graham Jones, Peter Kujawinski, Nova Ren Suma and April Genevieve Tucholke. 7:30 p.m., Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota St.
  • Catapult – Writers Catapulting Writers: Geoff Dyer, Sarah Hepola and Jonathan Lethem share odes to their mentors, then introduce a favorite future literary star. 7:30 p.m., The Volstead, 1500 E. 6th
  • Lit Crawl Againt Humanity: A party game for horrible people. With authors Kendra Fortmeyer, Jessica Hopper, Chip Kidd, Matt Summell and Caroline Zancan. 8:30 p.m., The Volstead.
  • Super Fun Party: An Austin-based reading series connecting art, literature and film, with authors Thea Brown, Nick Flynn, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Robin Beth Schaer. 9:30 p.m., The Volstead.
  • Greetings From Queer Mountain: An LQBT storytelling showcase, featuring authors Jamie Brickhouse, Saeed Jones and Maggie Thrash. 7:30 p.m., The Liberty 1618 ½ E. 6th
  • The Austin Review Presents: You Talking to Me?: Dialogue gets the spotlight in this session with Elisa Albert, Jennine Capo Crucet, Catherine Lacey and Thomas H. McNeely. 8:30 p.m., The Liberty.
  • Kickstarter Presents: Who Said It?: An absurd game of guess who said what, with quotes from Elena Ferrante, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Taylor Swift. With authors Jami Attenberg, Amy FitzHenry, Daniel Jose Older and Karolina Waclawiak. 9:30 p.m., The Liberty.

    Austin Lit Crawl, 2013 Photo by Bob Daemmrich

    Austin Lit Crawl, 2013 Photo by Bob Daemmrich


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