Lit Crawl Austin

lit crawl collageThe 5th Annual Lit Crawl Austin will be Saturday, October 17th! Stay tuned for more details.


Lit Crawl Austin is a collaboration between the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation. Inspired by the San Francisco literary festival Litquake’s long-running Lit Crawl (and produced with Litquake’s participation), Lit Crawl features some of America’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers onstage for literary mayhem in places you’d never anticipate!

On Saturday, October 25,  Lit Crawl Austin brought over two thousand people to Austin’s East Side for a night of performances, games, trivia matches, music and storytelling sessions. Organizations and series like Fun Party, Tin House, Gigantic, One Page Salon and more gathered at places like The Volstead, The Liberty, and Wanderland. While all ages snagged lawn spots for stories about survival at the Texas State Cemetery with Adam Gidwitz, Dayna Lorentz, and Michelle Knudson, adults tasted whiskey and tested wits at Clayworks. The legendary Literary Death Match had authors Marlon James. Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Chesire and Mira Jacobs go head to head, while Foxing Quarterly featured graphic novelist Tim Lane and music. Fun was had, laughs were shared, lit was crawled. Join us for madcap literary adventure on Austin’s East Side next year!

See more Lit Crawl photos on our Festival Photo Galleries page.

Interested in getting involved? We’d love to have you join us as a volunteer. Let us know.

2014 Lit Crawl Austin Schedule

Phase One

7:30-8:15 p.m.


Wright Bros Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos St. #105

Super Fun Party Lit Crawl Extravaganza!

Fun Party is an Austin-based reading series where art, literature, and film connect. Readings from Jericho Brown, Logan Fry, and Tess Taylor.


Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E 6th St.

Bat City Truth or Dare

Authors will read short pieces about “truths told or risks taken” and play Truth or Dare. Brought to you by the literary annual Bat City Review. With Forrest Gander, Margo Rabb, and Tiphanie Yanique.


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 Maum, Jenny Offill, Elissa Schappell, Rob Spillman, and Darcey Steinke.


Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota St (enter at east gate, located on Comal St. between 7th and 11th)

Survive. Thrive. Plunder. Or End Up 6 Feet Under.

Stories from YA and middle grade stars Adam Gidwitz, Michelle 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 Shipstead, Murray 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.


Wright Bros Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos St. #105

Everything Is Bigger

These readers sling their best, showcasing the so-dang-dynamite combo of the Everything Is Bigger reading series and Malvern Books. Featuring: Fernando Flores, Lisa Olstein, Blake Lee Pate, Taylor Jacob Pate, Sam Sax, Vincent Scarpa, and Laurie Saurborn Young.


Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E 6th St.

Austin Bat Cave Presents Speak of the Devil   

The Story Department is a monthly night of storytelling benefiting 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 event and the monthly theme. Featuring J. R. Helton, Bret Anthony Johnston, Rene Steinke, and Natalia Sylvester.


The North Door, 502 Brushy St.

DRIVEL: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors

Reading a well-established author’s cringe-worthy teenaged diary, or earnest letter to President Nixon, or groaner student poem reminds all of us that writing takes work. That everybody does start somewhere, and often that somewhere is pretty crappy. Featuring Bill Cotter, Jodi Egerton, Jason Neulander, and Neal Pollack.


The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St.

The Austin Review IRL

Come hang out with The Austin Review and hear Austin Kleon, Edan Lepucki, Maxwell Neely-Cohen, and Ursula Villarreal-Moura opine about the joys and miseries of the Internet while you enjoy a well-mixed cocktail.


The Liberty, 1618 1/2 6th St.

A Big, Big Reading with Gigantic

Join Gigantic, a Brooklyn-based magazine of short prose and art, for a night of very short stories about very big things. Featuring readings from writers Porochista Khakpour, Kelly Luce, Meghan McCarron, Jess Sauer, and Justin Taylor.


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 Blow, Kate Payne, and Jeff VanderMeer compete. Hosted by Paul Morris, PEN American Center.

Phase Three

9:30-10:15 p.m.


Wright Bros Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos St. #105

Dobie Paisano Fellows—Show & Tell

Scorpions, floods, Frank Dobie’s boots. Dobie Paisano fellows will tell all about Texas’s most celebrated literary ranch and read from their work. With Robin Bradford, Manny Martinez, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Mary Helen Specht, and Lowell Mick White.


Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E 6th St.

Buzzed Trivia

Enjoy complimentary whiskey from High West between rounds of trivia. Featuring

Mark Bailey, Brock Clarke, Lin Enger, Ed Hemingway, and Bill Roorbach.


The North Door, 502 Brushy St.

Literary Death Match

Four authors. Three judges. Two finalists. One really epic finale.

Competitors: Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Cheshire, Mira 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!



 Lit Crawl Photo Gallery


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