Crawl With the Authors of Your Favorite Books

The Texas Book Festival's Lit Crawl gets weird & boozy with 'em

Crawl With the Authors of Your Favorite Books

Of course, because it started in San Francisco, it was called Litquake – and known as "literary mayhem at its finest." Here in the ATX, though, we've got little fear of collectively tumbling into any vast body of water, vague mutterings of the old Balcones Fault notwithstanding, and so this event's called Lit Crawl instead.

You know: Like Pub Crawl, but with shreds of belles lettres dampening in the steins of ale or glassine tumblers of gin, etc, etc, scattered along the route of bibliophilic hijinks & literary mafficking newly paved for this latest iteration of the Texas Book Festival. We mean, c'mon, Jonathan Lethem and Lemony Snicket will be among those playing a game of Literary Mafia at The White Horse – you need more of a reason than that to get your Crawl on this Saturday?

We won't tease. Look, here's the full schedule:

PHASE ZERO: 7-7:45pm

Fun Party
Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos
Grab your Lit Crawl maps at this Austin-based reading series where literature, art, and film connect, focusing on writers associated with small press publishing, creating an Austin home for independent authors and artists. With Dan Boehl, Nick Flynn, Rebecca Gayle Howell, CJ Martin, and Cindy St. John.

PHASE ONE: 8-8:45pm

Atavist presents Nerd Jeopardy
Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. Sixth
Modeled after the popular game show with a big blue board, Daily Doubles, and answers in the form of a question. Unlike that game show, all of these questions concern literature and pop culture. Compete against Zealot author Reza Aslan while Popular Classics author Kevin Smokler emcees.

The Story Department's Tricks or Treats
Clayworks Studio, 1209 E. Sixth
The Story Department is a monthly night of storytelling benefitting Austin Bat Cave, a writing and tutoring center for kids. Each month, storytellers are invited to tell a personal story – without notes, without a script – based on a real life even. With Mark Binelli, David Schickler, Domenica Ruta, and Claire Vaye Watkins.

Sexist Bingo
The Volstead, 1500 E. Sixth
Join VIDA and Tin House for Sexist Bingo. Name the authors of wildly offensive sexist quotes, from Mailer to Franzen, to win prizes – beer koozies, T-shirts, magazines, books, and sexist shots. With Amy Brill, Leigh Newman, Elissa Schappell, and Rob Spillman.

Ghosts in the Graveyard
Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota
(enter at east gate, on Comal St. between Seventh and 11th)
Bestselling Midsummer Night’s Scream author R.L. Stine joins up with Good Night Zombie author James Preller for a Lit Crawl event that will give you goosebumps. Bring a flashlight!

Getting Personal with A Public Space & PEN American Center
The White Horse, 500 Comal
Bring your questions about life, love, and career – these authors have the answers! Cathy Chung, Alex Gilvarry, Fiona Maazel, and Teddy Wayne will field audience questions and respond by reading random, timed excerpts from their novels.

PHASE TWO: 9-9:45pm

Drunk (Literary) History
Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. Sixth
Derek Waters, the creator of Drunk History for Comedy Central, reenacts the plots of literary classics, as told to him by drunken lovers of literature.

Literary Taboo: Electric Literature vs. The Rumpus
Clayworks Studio, 1209 E. Sixth
Can you describe The Great Gatsby without saying: F. Scott Fitzgerald, West Egg, Dr. Eckleburg, Green Light, or Daisy? If you think you can, you’re up! Electric Literature and The Rumpus host a night of unspeakable fun. With Halimah Marcus and Stephen Elliott.

The Neal Pollack Invasion
The Volstead, 1500 E. Sixth
Formed to promote Neal Pollack's rock-critic satirical novel, Never Mind the Pollacks, in 2003, The Neal Pollack Invasion continues to appear in public whether people want them to or not. Their album was rereleased by Austin's Chicken Ranch Records in March.

Amelia Gray & Her Friends Read to You In a Cemetery
Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota
(enter at east gate, on Comal St. between Seventh and 11th)
Join Amelia Gray and other fiction greats in the beautiful historical Texas State Cemetery. Short fiction under five minutes, featuring Owen Egerton, Lindsay Hunter, and Stephen Graham Jones. Meet your neighbors – some of whom are underground.

The Lying Game: Literary Mafia
The White Horse, 500 Comal
Mafia, a party game in which a group of "villagers" try to root out the Mafia members in their midst, is taken to another level by a group of professional liars – AKA writers. With Daniel Handler, Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathan Lethem, Matthew Specktor, and more! By Unstuck.


The Foxhole: A Foxing Quarterly Pop-Up Shop: 8-10pm
DiverseArts Culture Works, 1601 E. Fifth
Foxing Quarterly’s first-ever mobile newsstand, the Foxhole will carry mini-comics and zines from micro-publishers and artists including: Michel Fiffe's Copra Press, Floating World, Hic & Hoc Publications, Retrofit Comics, Emi Gennis, Bernie McGovern, and many more.

A Genteel Tipple Through Gin in Literature: 8:30-9:30pm
Whisler’s, 814 E. Sixth
Gin has fueled many legendary writers, unforgettable characters and gripping plots. Meet the Hendrick’s Gin brand ambassador, who'll take you on a fascinating journey of famous writers’ imbibing exploits.


Public School, 1021 E. Seventh
Drinks and discussion after the Crawl. Open to the public, but space is limited. Sponsored by A Strange Object.

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