Lit Crawl Austin

Lit Crawl

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!

Lit Crawl will take place Saturday evening, October 25, 2014.

Last year, Lit Crawl Austin brought thousands of people to Austin’s East Side for a night of performances, games, trivia matches, and storytelling sessions. Things got rolling with Fun Party at Brew and Brew with a series of superstar poets including Nick Flynn. Hundreds congregated in the Texas State Cemetery to hear R. L. Stine unspool spooky tales of his childhood. At the White Horse, audience members leaned in to catch writers lie, cheat, and murder their way to win in Mafia—a game narrated by Jonathan Lethem. Writers Reza Aslan, Elena Passarello, and Robin Sloan matched wits in Nerd Jeopardy. Derek Waters, the creator of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, offered his hilarious spin on The Giving Tree. Local literary and arts journal Foxing Quarterly popped up at DiverseArts’ East End Gallery with their mobile newsstand, the Foxhole, packed with mini comics and limited-edition posters.

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.

2013 Lit Crawl Austin Schedule

Phase Zero

7:00–7:45 p.m.


Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos St.

Grab Lit Crawl maps and a beer at Brew & Brew and plan your Crawl route. Stick around for our kickoff event, Fun Party.

Fun Party

Fun Party is an Austin-based reading series where literature, art, and film connect. We focus 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

8:00–8:45 p.m.


Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E 6th St.

Atavist presents Nerd Jeopardy

Modeled after the popular game show, with a big blue board, Daily Doubles, and answers in the form of a question. Unlike the game show, all of our questions concern literature and pop culture. Compete against Zealot author Reza Aslan while Popular Classics author Kevin Smokler emcees.

Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E 6th St., 1209 E 6th St.

Story Department: Tricks or Treats

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 event and on our monthly theme. With Mark Binelli, David Schickler, Domenica Ruta, and Claire Vaye Watkins.

The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St.

Sexist Bingo

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.

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

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Bestselling Midsummer Night’s Scream author R.L. Stine joins up with Good Night Zombie (Scary Tales) author James Preller for a Lit Crawl event that will give you goosebumps. Creep over to the cemetery, and bring a flashlight!

White Horse, 500 Comal St.

Getting Personal with A Public Space & PEN American Center

Bring your questions about life, love, and career—these authors have the answers! Cathy Chung, Fiona Maazel, and Teddy Wayne will field audience questions and respond by reading random, timed excerpts from their novels. Expect some surprising connections and revelations.


Phase Two

9:00–9:45 p.m.


Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E 6th St.

Drunk (Literary) History

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.

Clayworks Studio/Gallery, 1209 E 6th St.

Literary Taboo: Electric Literature vs. The Rumpus

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, Co-Editor of Electric Literature, and Stephen Elliott, Editor-in-Chief, The Rumpus.

The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St.

The Neal Pollack Invasion

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 only album was re-released by Austin’s Chicken Ranch Records in March.

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

Amelia Gray and Her Friends Read to You In a Cemetery

Join Amelia Gray and fiction greats in the beautiful historical Texas State Cemetery. Short fiction under 5 minutes featuring Owen Egerton, Lindsay Hunter, Carson Mell, and Stephen Graham Jones. Meet your neighbors! Some of them are underground.

White Horse, 500 Comal St.

The Lying Game: Literary Mafia

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.


DiverseArts Culture Works, 1601 E 5th St.

The Foxhole: A Foxing Quarterly Pop-Up Shop

Foxing’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.

Note: This pop-up will be open during Phases One and Two.

Whisler’s, 814 E 6th St.

A Genteel Tipple Through Gin in Literature, Presented by Hendrick’s Gin

Gin has fueled many legendary writers, unforgettable characters, and gripping plots. On October 26, a Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador will take intrigued readers on a fascinating journey of fabulous writers’ imbibing exploits at Austin’s Lit Crawl 2013.

Note: This event runs 8:30–9:30.

After Party

Public School, 1021 E 7th St.

From 10 p.m. til midnight

Join us for drinks and discussion after the Crawl. Open to the public, but space is limited. Sponsored by A Strange Object.


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