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, Typewriter Tarot, The Stacks, and the Writers’ League of Texas.

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.

9:00 p.m. CT: The Stacks Podcast: Traci Thomas in Conversation with Gabriela Garcia

Join the Stacks Podcast’s Traci Thomas in conversation with Of Women and Salt author Gabriela Garcia.

In-Person Lit Crawl Programming, Saturday October 30

5:00 p.m. CT: Swipe Right at Cheer Up Charlies

Join the Austin literary community at Cheer Up Charlies on Red River for a happy hour hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas. Literary swag and book giveaways from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30ish. This event has passed.

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 HanTaisia KitaiskaiaAdam SotoStacey Swann, and Jenny Tinghui Zhang. This event has passed.

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. This event has passed.

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. This event has passed.


Thank you to sponsors Tito’s Handmade Vodka and SUSTO mezcal,

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!

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Lit Crawl Austin is a project of the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation.