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FREE LitCrawl Festival!

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FREE book readings all over the Mission district this Saturday!

For 3 hours this Saturday, October 13, the Mission will be like Burning Man and Coachella COMBINED for books. Published Bay Area authors will be reading a bookstores, galleries, bars and everywhere else you can imagine (even the police station? Yes) from 6:00 – 9:30pm.

Check out the schedule here: 2012 LitCrawl Schedule

I’m a hardcore book-o-phile, so I’ll be out running between readings. Here are my tips for having a great reading.

The night’s readings happen in three phases.

If there’s one person you absolutely, for sure, no questions asked want to see, get to that venue a half an hour or more early, even if that means missing much of the phase right before it. You want to be there when the place clears out so you get in for your “must see” person.

At some point, try to stop by the Lit Crawl HQ table in Clarion Alley to say thanks to the team for putting it all together, and consider making a donation to support the cause.

Finally, plan ahead. I’m guessing prime venues like the Elbo Room and Dog Eared Books will be packed, so unless your favorite author is reading there, I recommend checking one of the sessions that a little more off the map out.

Here’s where I’m going:

Phase 1:

“A Cowboy, An Alien, and Samuel Johnson Walk Into a Bar” at Dalva, 3121 16th St.

Also sparked my interest:

“A Selection of Emerging Bay Area Writers
The Women’s Building (Room A)” at 3543 18th St.

“Who Dunnit? Mysteries” at 
Forest Books, 3080 16th St.

“Your Mom Had Sex” at the 
Candystore Collective, 3153 16th St.

Phase 2:

“None Too Keene: Nancy Drew Noir” at 
Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St.

Also sparked my interest:

“Brown People Don’t Read?” at 
Reaction, 2183 Mission St.

“Shakespeare in the Parklet” at 
Deepistan National Parklet, 937 Valencia St.

“Sister Spit! On the pool table! At the Lexington Club!” at 
The Lexington Club, 3464 19th St.

Phase 3:

“Six and a Slice: Fiction & Poetry
” at Mission Pie, 2901 Mission St.

Also sparked my interest:

“Accentos de la Bahia, Accents of the Bay” at 
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St.

“San Quentin H-Unit Reunion
” at Muddy’s Coffee House, 1304 Valencia St.

“Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women” at 
Modern Times, 2919 24th St.


Whatever you do, have a good night, hear some good readings, and let me know what you thought in the comments.



LitCrawl Festival
6:00 – 9:30pm
Saturday, October 13
Valencia Street, Mission District


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Scott James - Paperback Pundit

Scott James - Paperback Pundit

Author of Sidewalk Ritual, self-publishing teacher, lover of coffee and IPA.