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.
WHERE: Martuni's: 4 Valencia St. (Mid-Market), sched.co/7yEf
WHAT: A group of physician-writers share reflections on their lives in medicine. You can learn more about them at thenocturnists.com.
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.
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.
WHERE: Mission Police Station: 630 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/7zf9
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
WHERE: The Chapel: 777 Valencia St. (Mission), sched.co/89hD
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!
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.