Thursday, October 23, 2014

Texas Book Festival: Lit Crawl 2014

So you're really not into sitting around listening to writers read from and then discuss their books, at least not when your sober. We understand, in fact if you pat us down at any book signing one of us has a flask. We have a solution to your problem and it's not rehab, it's Lit Crawl 2014.  Austin's Lit Crawl is inspired by the San Francisco literary festival Litquake’s long-running Lit Crawl. This is an opportunity to see your favorite writer possibly do something dumb, embarrassing, funny, and participate in general debauchery...best case scenario. Here is a list of some events we plan on hitting Saturday Night.    

Phase One

7:30-8:15 p.m.

The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St.
Sexist Bingo
Join VIDA, Tin House, and Buzzfeed Books 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 Isaac Fitzgerald,Courtney MaumJenny Offill, Elissa Schappell, Rob Spillman, and Darcey Steinke.

Texas State Cemetery909 Navasota St (enter at east gate, located on Comal St. between 7th and 11th) THIS HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS FOR TBF
Survive. Thrive. Plunder. Or End Up 6 Feet Under.
Stories from YA and middle grade stars Adam GidwitzMichelle Knudson, and Dayna Lorentz.  **This event is for all ages. The cemetery can be dark—bring a flashlight!** 

The Liberty, 1618 1/2 6th St.
One Page Salon
Host Owen Egerton asks a selection of authors a few tantalizing questions. Each author then reads just one page of a work-in-progress. With Sarah Bird, Manuel Gonzales, Josh Weil, and Deb Olin Unferth.

Wonderland, 1104 E 6th St.
American Short Fiction Presents Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
Jennifer duBois, Maggie ShipsteadMurray Farish, and J.M. Tyree compete against each other to guess lines from each other’s latest works. Adam Lefton emcees.

Phase Two

8:30-9:15 p.m.

The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St.
The Austin Review IRL
Come hang out with The Austin Review and hear Austin KleonEdan LepuckiMaxwell Neely-Cohen, and Ursula Villarreal-Moura opine about the joys and miseries of the Internet while you enjoy a well-mixed cocktail.
 Wonderland, 1104 E 6th St.
Nerd Jeopardy
Modeled after the popular game show, with a big blue board, Daily Doubles, and answers in the form of a question. Authors Charles BlowKate Payne, and Jeff VanderMeer compete. Hosted by Paul Morris, PEN American Center.

Phase Three

9:30-10:15 p.m.

Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E 6th St.
Buzzed Trivia
Enjoy complimentary whiskey from High West between rounds of trivia. Featuring

The North Door, 502 Brushy St.
Literary Death Match
Four authors. Three judges. Two finalists. One really epic finale.
Competitors: Marie-Helene BertinoScott CheshireMira Jacob, and Marlon James battle it out. Judges include Jim Magnuson on literary merit, David Yow on performance, and Sloane Crosley on intangibles.

The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St.
Fantagraphics & Foxing Quarterly Present Drink & Draw
Bring your sketchbooks and join Fantagraphics artist Tim Lane for a night of drinking and drawing. Plus, live music and giveaways!

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