Lit Crawl Austin
In 2021, Lit Crawl Austin celebrates its eleventh year of irreverent literary programming—and this year there are options both virtual AND in-person! Some in-person events require RSVP/registration, some do not. Take a look at the schedule below to find out!
Programming partners include American Short Fiction, Awst Press, Austin Bat Cave’s Story Department, Typewriter Tarot, and The Stacks.
Virtual Lit Crawl Programming, Thursday October 28
8:00 p.m. CT: Typewriter Tarot with Hala Alyan and Cecily Sailer
What goes beautifully with great literature? A little Tarot and magic! Join us for a Tarot Town Hall featuring Texas Book Festival author Hala Alyan, with her new book The Arsonists’ City. Alyan will be joined by Typewriter Tarot founder Cecily Sailer, and the two will answer audience questions about Alyan’s book, writing, creativity, and more. Register here!
9:00 p.m. CT: The Stacks Podcast: Traci Thomas in Conversation with Gabriela Garcia
In-Person Lit Crawl Programming, Saturday October 30
5:00 p.m. CT: Lit Crawl Happy Hour at Cheer-Up Charlies
Join the Austin literary community at Cheer-Up Charlies on Red River for a happy-hour pre-game to later Lit Crawl programming. Literary swag and book giveaways from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30ish. No RSVP required! Details here.
6:30 p.m. CT: American Short Fiction Presents Dear Buffalo
Get answers to your greatest questions about life and love, straight from the pages of bold and exciting literary works. In this program, authors will offer advice to questions from ASF editorial staff and the audience by selecting (at random) quotations from their new or forthcoming books. With Simon Han, Taisia Kitaiskaia, Adam Soto, Stacey Swann, and Jenny Tinghui Zhang. No RSVP required! Details here.
7:00 p.m. CT: Scary Stories to Tell in the Bar: Austin Bat Cave Presents Story Department
Story Department is Austin Bat Cave’s live storytelling event, similar to the Moth. Stories are typically ten minutes long, rehearsed, and based on a theme that is wide open for interpretation. Join us to hear writers Dalia Azim, Sindya Bhanoo, and Maurice Chammah tell true stories on the theme Scary Stories to Tell in the Bar. Seats limited—RSVP here!
8:00 p.m. CT: Awst Press Presents: Lit Crawl Against Humanity
Lit Crawl Against Humanity is a “party game for horrible people.” Join Austin-based Awst Press, along with Austin poet Tomás Q. Morín and other writers, for fun times and a shared vigilance against tripping into nearby Waller Creek. Seats limited—RSVP here!
supporting community through storytelling!
As always, Lit Crawl Austin is free! We keep on keepin’ on through the generosity of our community. Want to support the Texas Book Festival, Lit Crawl Austin, and our authors? Here’s how you can help:
Shop for your Festival books at the official TBF bookseller, BookPeople! Books will be added to the bookstore as we grow our year-round programming, and with all the incredible Festival titles later this year! BookPeople donates a portion of all sales through this page and from our in-store display back to TBF. Hurray for independent bookstores!
Lit Crawl Austin is a project of the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation.