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On Thursday, October 13th, on the eve of the Boston Book Festival, come celebrate the city’s literary past, present and future at the inaugural Lit Crawl Boston, a night of irreverent literary programming in Boston’s Back Bay. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., intrepid readers will choose from a variety of unique literary events including games, performances, provocations and other oddities, all in surprising venues ranging from cafes and art galleries to barbershops and shoe stores.

This moveable feast in one of the most walkable cities on the planet is FREE, and most of the events will offer free beer and wine

The Boston Lit Crawl is held in three “Rounds” plus a closing reading at the Central Burying Ground (Boylston and Charles Street). Guests can choose to attend just one event during each Round - 630PM, 730PM, 830PM-- or “crawl” from event to event. The schedule is as follows: 

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Thursday, October 13 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm
PEN New England Presents "Games People Play: Why Sportswriting Matters"

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From Hemingway to Ben Fountain's award-winning "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," the athletic arts have secured a place in American literature that reaches far beyond the box scores. Join our terrific fight card – author/journalists Jay Atkinson, Jaed Coffin and James Parker – as they explain how great sportswriting has inspired their own work. 

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Jay Atkinson

Called "the bard of New England toughness" by Men’s Health magazine, Jay Atkinson has published eight books, including "Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man" and "Ice Time." "Caveman Politics" was a national Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; "Ice Time" was a Publishers Weekly Notable Book of the Year and a New England Independent Bookseller’s Association bestseller; and "Legends of Winter Hill" spent seven weeks on... Read More →
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Jaed Coffin

Jaed Coffin is the author of "A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants," a memoir about the summer he spent as a monk in his mother’s native Thailand, and the forthcoming "Roughhouse Friday," which chronicles the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Alaska. He teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire.
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James Parker

James Parker is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and editor of The Pilgrim, which features writing from the homeless community of downtown Boston.


Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Title Boxing Club 338 Newbury Street, Boston

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