10 Can't-Miss Events at Saturday's Lit Crawl

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On Saturday, October 15th, the streets of the Mission District will be flooded with members of the Bay Area's literature community: from local lit lovers and bestselling authors, to award-winning poets, storytellers, and more.

Over the course of three and a half hours, 99 events featuring 400 performers will take place during San Francisco's 12th annual Lit Crawl. Here's where you'll catch us getting our lit on.


Eight-Tracks takes from BARtab

WHAT: BARtab/Bay Area Reporter's eighth annual event at Martuni's goes retro and romantic with gay, straight and other tales of desire from another era. Presenters include renowned authors Mark Abramson (More Sex, Drugs & Disco), Louis Flint Ceci (Not Just Another Pretty Face), and Jim Provenzano (Forty Wild Crushes), among others.

WHEN: 6-7pm

WHERE: Martuni's: 4 Valencia St. (Mid-Market), sched.co/7yEf


The Nocturnists

WHAT: A group of physician-writers share reflections on their lives in medicine. You can learn more about them at thenocturnists.com.

WHEN: 6-7pm

WHERE: Paxton Gate: 824 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/7zhM


Timeless Infinite Light: Public Trauma, Private Trauma

WHAT: The presenting authors perceive trauma from different angles, but share a commitment to exploring the connections between personal trauma and broader political concerns through innovative language. They will share their works that focus on this theme.

WHEN: 6-7pm

WHERE: Faye's Video and Espresso Bar: 3614 18th St. (Mission), sched.co/7vqu


Comedians with Criminal Records

WHAT: This storytelling event is perfect for a police station: comedians will tell real-life tales of how they got arrested. Fans of comedy won't want to miss this hilarious event.

WHEN: 7:15-8:15pm

WHERE: Mission Police Station: 630 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/7zf9


Mission Comics

WHAT: Cartoonists will read their original comics and present their artwork on a screen projector. Presenters include cartoonists who have worked for The Daily Californian, Huffington Post, McSweeney's publishing company, and other well-established publications and publishing groups.

WHEN: 7:15-8:15pm

WHERE: Mission Comics & Art: 2250 Mission St. (Mission), sched.co/7zds


Stanford's Rooted Words: Farm-Fresh Words for Hungry Listeners

WHAT: This event features poems, fiction, essays, and more literature from a farm-based reading series, paired with food samples that make the connection between literature, the land, and life tangible and delicious.

WHEN: 7:15-8:15pm

WHERE: Mission Cheese: 736 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/7zdq


(Courtesy of litquake.org)

Red Light Lit

WHAT: Red Light Lit is a collective of writers, musicians and artists who explore love relationships and sexuality through poetry, prose, art, and song. Presenters at this event include a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and more.

WHEN: 8:30-9:30pm

WHERE: Lone Palm: 3394 22nd St. (Mission), sched.co/7zcq


A Totally 80s Reading Party

WHAT: Presented by Rare Bird Books publishing company, authors will read their 80s favorites and original stories set in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and beyond.

WHEN: 8:30-9:30pm

WHERE: Coffee Mission: 3325 24th St. (Mission), sched.co/7zbX


Think You Know Your Lit?

WHAT: Test your knowledge of Bay Area authors, literary landmarks, and classic novels at this rowdy night of trivia, hosted by quizmaster Carl Gibbs and 7x7. Prizes will be awarded to trivia winners!

WHEN: 8:30-9:30pm

WHERE: The Chapel: 777 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/89hD


Litquake After-Party

WHAT: Immediately following the Lit Crawl, Litquake will host San Francisco's biggest literary party of the year, with specialty cocktails, a raffle at the Moleskine pop-up shop, Litquake swag table, and tunes by DJ Matt Haze. Entrance is free and it will be a great opportunity to mingle and dance with your new literary friends!

WHEN: 9:30pm-1am

WHERE: The Chapel: 777 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/8Mi0


// Download the sched app to navigate the Crawl, or pick up a map at Litquake headquarters at 518 Valencia Street on the day of the Crawl.

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