Lit Crawl Austin

The 9th Annual Lit Crawl Austin takes place Saturday, October 27!

On Saturday, October 27, 2018,  Lit Crawl Austin will celebrate its ninth 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. 2018 Lit Crawl schedule to come.

Interested in getting involved for 2018? 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.

Interested in sponsoring Lit Crawl? Here is some information, and contact Claire Burrows at or call the office at 512-477-4055. 

2017 Lit Crawl Schedule of Events:

The North Door, 501 Brushy St. // Doors at 6:30; suggested donation $10.

7:00 pm
Literary Death Match
Four authors. Three judges. Two finalists. One really epic finale. Judges: Dan Chaon (literary
merit), Elena Passarello (performance), and Maya Perez (intangibles). Contestants: Melissa Febos, Rachel KhongSimeon Marsalis, and Rakesh Satyal.

8:30 pm
Black Poets Speak Out
Amanda Johnston and Mahogany L. Browne lead a live poetic demonstration that rallies poets
and allies together to speak out against police violence. With Morgan Parker.

9:30 pm
Verbal Equinox
The O. Henry Museum will host a mini version of the Pun-Off, its annual wordplay competition,
with Texas Book Festival authors, all-star punsters, and members of the audience. With Aaron Belz, Emily Franklin, and Rachel Kadish.

Fast Folks, 1201 E Cesar Chavez

7:30 pm
Story Department
At this monthly edition of the show inspired by New York’s the Moth, Julie Buntin, Gabe HabashSeth Meeks, and Felix Morgan tell stories inspired by the theme Pilgrimmage. Presented by Austin Bat Cave.

8:30 pm
fields Presents . . . Inspiration
fields talks to authors about what inspired some of their most well-known works, and what
techniques they use to call up inspiration on a regular basis. With Kristen Radtke,
Sarah Rafael García, Mike Scalise, sam saxand Tillie Walden.

9:30 pm
Lit Crawl Against Humanity
This party game for horrible people goes literary. Prepare to be shocked, disgusted, and
amused. Presented by Awst Press. With Rosecrans Baldwin, Jack Kaulfus, Donald Quist, and Natalia Sylvester.

Flat Track Coffee, 1619 E Cesar Chavez

This is an all-ages venue.

7:30 pm
Cuba Libro: Bibliotecas y Bebidas (Libraries and Libations)
Join TLA & TSLAC as Flat Track Coffee is transformed into a Cuban café featuring Young
People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle and author Emma Otheguy. Sip literary-inspired
libations as APL staff spin una selección of Spanish language music from the collection of the
new Central Library.

Weather Up, 1808 E Cesar Chavez

7:30 pm
American Short Fiction Presents Ex Libris
In this literary version of Dictionary, fiction writers have to concoct believable opening lines to
novels by book fest authors and bluff the others into believing their entry the real deal. With
Sarah Gerard, Manuel Gonzales, Lindsay Hunter, Min Jin Lee, Mary Miller, and Deb Olin

8:30 pm
Noir at the Bar
MysteryPeople presents a round of hip, hard-boiled, nitty-gritty noir readings with crime
fiction authors Jeff Abbott, Meg Gardiner, Gabino Iglesias, Mike McCary, Eryk Pruitt, and Bradley Spinelli.

9:30 pm
Heads Up
Book purists and TV enthusiasts: get ready for a special books-turned-TV edition of Heads Up! Presented by ATX Television Festival. (We know, we know—the book version was better. . .)

Stay Gold, 1910 E Cesar Chavez

7 pm
Oracular Spectacular Redux
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.
Presented by Sorin Oak Review and emceed by Sasha West. With Chen Chen, Eileen Myles,
Erika L. Sánchez, and Matthew Zapruder.

8 pm
Curious Words and Their Lovers
Chicon Street Poets presents the trimmed poetry of the haiku juxtaposed and verbally
punctuated with the literary delights of Joe Brundidge, Natasha Hernandez, Ji yoon Lee,
Tómas Morín, and Cait Weiss.

Resistencia Books, 4926 E Cesar Chavez

This is an all-ages venue.

7:30 pm
Barrio Writers Youth Resistencia Showcase
Four Barrio Writers (who happen to be teenagers) will read their work related to the theme
Resistance. After they read, they will give background about their pieces and take questions
from the audience. Copresented with Noche de Letras, Latinx Lit Fest.

Lit Crawl® Austin is a project of the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation. “Lit
Crawl®” is the registered service mark of the Litquake Foundation.

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