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, November 5, Lit Crawl Austin will celebrate its sixth year of irreverent literary programming. Join us on the East Side for a night of performances, games, trivia matches, music, and all-ages storytelling sessions. See the full schedule below!
New this year: most of the venues will be along East Cesar Chavez. That means new venues—including a toy museum and a gorgeous design studio. There’ll also be loads of new shows and participating organizations.
Interested in getting involved for 2016? We’d love to have you join us as a volunteer. Let us know.
See more Lit Crawl photos on our Festival Photo Galleries page.
502 Brushy St.
Note early start time at this venue! Suggested donation at the door: $10.
7 pm–8 pm / Literary Death Match
Four authors. Three judges. Two finalists. One really epic finale. Judges: Bob Khosravi (intangibles), Zach Anner (performance), and Alyssa Harad (literary merit). Contestants: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Amy Gentry, Teddy Wayne, and more. Emceed by David Crabb. Doors at 6:30.
8:30 pm–9:15 pm / Verbal Equinox
The O. Henry Museum, home to the annual Pun-Off World Championships, hosts this competition of wits and wordplay with author and illustrator Steven Weinberg and additional punsters!
9:30 pm–10:15 pm / How to Be a Texan
It’s a crash course in all things Texan, and two-stepping, Texas history, tacos, and big hair are all on the syllabus. Who will prove to be the Most Texan of Them All? With Sarah Bird, Skip Hollandsworth, Benjamin Rybeck, Chaitali Sen, Andrea Valdez, Julie Wernersbach, and more!
Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library
1105 E Cesar Chavez St.
This is an all-ages venue with an early start time.
7 pm–8 pm / Band Books: Libraries Rock
Get ready to shake, rattle, and read with Austin’s very own all-librarian band Echo and the Bats and authors Yuyi Morales and R. L. Stine! Join the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for an all-ages show that brings reading and rocking to center stage.
8:30 pm–9:15 pm / Tyranny of Petticoats Fan Reading
Join us as YA authors and superfans read from this book about belles, bank robbers, and courageous ladies. Dress as your favorite historical heroine and jump in the photobooth. With Vanessa Lee, Jessica Spotswood, and more YA mavens!
Austin Toy Museum
1108 E Cesar Chavez St.
7:30 pm–8:15 pm / Return to Stranger Things: ’80s Trivia
In this quickfire trivia match, authors compete against each other in all things ‘80s. With Neal Pollack, Rob Sheffield, Kevin Smokler, and Stacey Swann. Emceed by Shappy Seasholtz.
1312 E Cesar Chavez St.
7:30 pm–8:15 pm / Story Department: Read Between the Lines
At this adults-only monthly event inspired by New York’s The Moth, talented storytellers riff on a theme. This month Maria Dahvana Headley, Rene Perez, and Eduardo Rabasa will tell true-to-life tales on the theme Read Between the Lines.
8:30 pm–9:15 pm / Literary Match Game
How well do you know the classics? We ask questions about plot details of various novels, and our authors have to provide the answers. Your job is to determine which authors are telling the truth, and which ones are making it up. Presented by fields magazine and Deep Vellum Publishing. With Peter Cameron, Sady Doyle, Claudia Salazar Jiménez, and Chigozie Obioma.
9:30 pm–10:15 pm / Lit Crawl Against Humanity
This party game for horrible people goes literary. Prepare to be shocked, disgusted, and amused. Presented by Awst Press and Newfound. With John Jodzio, Jessica Luther, Virginia Reeves, and Sarah Smarsh.
1808 E Cesar Chavez St.
7:30 pm–8:15 pm / Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
American Short Fiction hosts this game in which writers try to ID hilarious, lovely, shocking, or moving lines from each other’s recent books, and totally fail to recognize their own words. Winner receives a Texas-themed prize. With Jensen Beach, Jennifer DuBois, Shruti Swamy, Tony Tulathimutte, and Robin Wasserman.
8:30 pm–9:15 pm / Five Things: Madness
Five readers perform five-minute pieces centered around five different subtopics of one idea. Tonight’s topic is: madness. Five Things is varied, wild, and strong like the strongest fist with five brilliant fingers. With Sam Allingham, Belle Boggs, Paul Lisicky, Max Porter, and others.
9:30 pm–10:15 pm / Noir at the Bar
MysteryPeople presents a round of hip, hard-boiled, nitty-gritty noir readings with crime fiction authors Jesse Donaldson, Bill Loehfelm, J. Todd Scott, and Jonathan Woods.
2213 E Cesar Chavez St.
This venue sponsored by Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.
7:30 pm–8:15 pm / Oracular Spectacular
Attendees are asked to offer up questions on sticky notes and our all-star panel of “guest oracles” will read visionary, instructive, and surprising responses from their own work. With poets J. Scott Brownlee, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Eileen Myles, Safiya Sinclair, and Carmen Tafolla. Emceed by Sasha West.
8:30 pm–9:15 pm / Bat Storytelling Session
Authors tell stories on the theme of deal breakers (that moment you had to walk away). Hosted by Bat City Review. With Chen Chen, Gayle Forman, Sam Sax, Paige Schilt, and others.
Lit Crawl Photo Gallery