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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


Kidlit Drink Night
Imagine spending time with your favorite children's book characters, all grown up and out on the town. Boston's meetup group for children's authors hosts a mixer with a purpose: Fill out your bingo card by finding characters based on clues from the books that feature them (i.e., "Find someone who enjoys a butterbeer after a hard day at the Ministry"). There will be prizes for the first few to claim "Bingo!" Guests are welcome to sign up to represent their own favorite kid's lit characters. Costumes encouraged (but not required)!

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Dianna Sanchez

Dianna Sanchez is the not-so-secret identity of Jenise Aminoff, whose superpower is cooking with small children. She is an MIT alumna, graduate of the 1995 Clarion Workshop and Odyssey Online, active member of SCBWI, and former editor at New Myths magazine. Aside from 18 years... Read More →
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Marlena Zapf

Marlena Zapf holds a master's in children's literature from Simmons College, where she was a Virginia Haviland scholar. She worked in educational publishing for years before writing her first picture book, "Underpants Dance." She loves to dance a LOT, play with kids, conduct occasional... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bukowski Tavern 50 Dalton Street, Boston


AGNI Presents "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?"
Agni is excited to join LitCrawl Boston to present  “Whose Line Is it Anyway?,” a hilarious and highbrow night of literature, guessing games, and other foolish fun. Come hang out at the School of Fashion with Agni contributors and watch these authors guess the author of sentences culled from great works. Short readings by the authors will start the night. The event will start at 6:30 sharp.

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Daniel Evans Pritchard

Editor / Poet / Critic, The Critical Flame
Daniel is a poet, translator, and essayist. He is the founding editor of The Critical Flame (criticalflame.org), an online journal of literary nonfiction, criticism, and interviews. Daniel advises AGNI on digital strategy and serves on the board at Salamander Magazine. His work has... Read More →

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Nicole Terez Dutton

Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review and Salt Hill Journal.  Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the Frost Place, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and... Read More →
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Carissa Halston

Fiction writer
Carissa Halston is a fiction writer, book designer, and editor. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Willow Springs, Fourteen Hills, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She is the Editor-in-Chief of apt, a literary journal devoted to longform work, and Co-founding... Read More →
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John Hodgen

John Hodgen is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Assumption College in Worcester. Hodgen won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for "Grace" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). His fourth book of poetry, "Heaven & Earth Holding Company," came out from University of Pittsburgh... Read More →
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Laura Kolbe

Laura Kolbe's poems have appeared in The Awl, the Cincinnati Review, the Colorado Review, the Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Yale Review and elsewhere. Her fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Bookforum, The Literary Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Recently... Read More →
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Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. Her memoir, JESSE, A MOTHER’S STORY OF GRIEF, GRACE AND EVERYDAY BLISS, was published by Simon & Schuster... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
School of Fashion Design 136 Newbury Street, Boston


826 Boston Presents Trick or Trivia: "Love Letters" Edition
Got an ex-partner, unrequited love, or nightmare relationship haunting you? You’re not alone when you have books! Join us and the many lovesick characters of fiction as we test our literary cred in a game of Spooky Lit Trivia, hosted by Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein. We can’t wait to raise a (Franken)stein with you to jilted love!

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Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. Her love advice column "Love Letters" appears daily on Boston.com and in the Globe’s print edition every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Meredith Goldstein is also the author of “The Singles,” published by Penguin/Plume on April 24, 2012... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury Street, Boston


All-Star Poetry + Folk Performance
Don't miss award-winning memoirist/poet Nick Flynn (Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City) and Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges as they read poems with folk duo The ShakerThe Shaker is Simi Stone (The New Pornographers) and Philip Marshall (Killcool). Their first collaboration was written spontaneously—the song “240 Red White & Blue”—a response to the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge the day before. Since then they have written a dozen songs, and when they perform with the poet Nick Flynn, they are known collectively as Shaker Flynn.   

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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is the author of three books of poetry—Some Ether, Blind Huber, and The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands. He is also the author of three memoirs, including The Reenactments, The Ticking is the Bomb, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which has been translated... Read More →
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Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges was born in Haiti and raised in the United States. She received a BA from Emerson College in Boston and an MA in English and creative writing from New York University. She is the author of two poetry collections—The Dear Remote Nearness of You(Barrow Street... Read More →

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Shaker Flynn

The Shaker is Simi Stone (The New Pornographers) and Philip Marshall (Killcool). Their first collaboration was written spontaneously—the song “240 Red White & Blue”—a response to the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge the day before. Since then they have written a dozen... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Frye Company 284 Newbury Street, Boston


Mugshot Musings: A Writing Exercise
You are handed a mugshot of a real person with no details included about who they might have been. You now must create a short description of who they could be. It's up to you to create a backstory. Join Boston Writers' Meetup for this exercise to stretch your word muscles during short writing sessions. At the end of each session, sharing is encouraged, but not required. 

Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Barbershop Lounge 245 Newbury Street


Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon
Boston Theater Company presents a work-in-progress staged reading of "Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon," a story of recovery, resilience, and determination. The show, created verbatim from dozens of interviews, is set for its world premiere in March at the Citi Shubert Theatre.

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Boston Theater Company

Boston Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to preserving the messages and historical language of classical scripts while making them accessible for modern audiences. The three prongs of our mission are gender-blind casting, an innovative approach to our texts, and... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
School of Fashion Design 136 Newbury Street, Boston


The Here Comes Everybody Players: James Joyce, Performed

The work of James Joyce, one of the most celebrated (but also most inaccessible) authors in English, comes to life with the Here Comes Everybody Players performance of excerpts from "Finnegans Wake" and "Ulysses," complete with audience participation and music. Come and join in the fun! Mind your hats goan in!

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The Here Comes Everybody Players

Boston's Here Comes Everybody Players bring the literary work of James Joyce to the stage for both academic and general audiences. Our performances celebrate the richness of Joyce's unique langauge and bring to vivid life the humor and humanity of his characters and stories... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Goorin Brothers Hat Shop 130 Newbury Street, Boston


Wheel of Austen Presents A Night of Literary Improv

Much-beloved English author Jane Austen gets the experimental comedy treatment for one madcap night at LitCrawl Boston. Can a young lady tear herself away from her vampire romance novel to catch the eye of a gentleman caller? Will there be zombies?  Audiences will seek true love in twisted situations featuring top Boston comedians in period costume. According to ‘Wheel of Austen’ creators, audiences can expect bombastic characters playing with the conventions of Jane Austen in unexpected ways. 

All atttendees to this event are eligible for a 20% discount on Frye footwear on the day of the event. 

Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
The Frye Company 284 Newbury Street, Boston


MassLEAP/Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam All-Stars
For the past 5 years, MassLEAP has brought together teen poetry performers from across Boston and beyond for an annual poetry contest where "the points are not the point – the point is the poetry." These amazing young voices cross neighborhood, town and city lines, share their original stories, support one another and engage the audience's attention with their dynamic, timely verse. www.massleap.org.

Converse is offering 20 percent off during event hours! (Some restrictions may apply.)

Thursday October 13, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Converse 348 Newbury Street, Boston


GrubStreet Presents Exquisite Corpse
GrubStreet presents the Exquisite Corpse. If you’ve never heard of Exquisite Corpse, here’s how it works: One person writes the first few paragraphs. The final line of those paragraphs is sent to the next writer, who continues the story. Then the writers come together to read their collective tale, without knowing where it began or where it will end. The only direction offered for this night’s “corpse": because Halloween is around the corner, make it spooky. 

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Eve Bridburg

Executive Director & Founder, eve@grubstreet.org
Eve Bridburg founded Grub Street in 1997 with the goal of creating a supportive yet rigorous place to study writing beyond the halls of academia. The experiment was a success from the beginning, convincing Eve that there was a great desire in Boston for a literary arts center where... Read More →

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Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery's writing has been selected to appear in Prairie Schooner, The Caribbean Writer, Passages North, Salt Hill Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, and elsewhere. His story, "Stripper Pants," was selected as the Editor's Choice pick for Solstice... Read More →
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Alden Jones

Alden Jones’s memoir, The Blind Masseuse, was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award, winner of the Independent Publishers Book Award in Travel Essays, and named a Top Ten Travel Book by the Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly. Her story collection, Unaccompanied... Read More →
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Eson Kim

Instructor/Youth Program Fellow, GrubStreet
Eson Kim holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and her stories have appeared in magazines such as Calyx Journal, Denver Quarterly, and The Massachusetts Review. She received a Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and earned the David B... Read More →
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Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean is author of the novels Headlong and Blue Winnetka Skies, and the story collection Why the Long Face?. His fiction has appeared in GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Best Online Fiction, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury Street, Boston


Ploughshares Presents Literary Balderdash
Ploughshares joins the Lit Crawl with a presentation of Literary Balderdash, a game of weird word guessing and derring-do. Players include Chris Castellani, Michael Lowenthal, Nick Flynn, Ted Kehoe, and Suzanne Matson.

Salon Acote will have gift bags and discount offers for all attendees.

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Chris Castellani

chris@grubstreet.org, Artistic Director
Christopher Castellani is the artistic director of Grub Street and the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love (2013), a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award; The Saint of Lost Things (2005); and A Kiss From Maddalena (2003), winner... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is the author of three books of poetry—Some Ether, Blind Huber, and The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands. He is also the author of three memoirs, including The Reenactments, The Ticking is the Bomb, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which has been translated... Read More →
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Ted Kehoe

Ted Kehoe was a teaching/writing fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His fiction has appeared in Epoch, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner and Shock Totem. He won Prairie Schooner’s Bernice Slote Award for Best New Author. His criticism has appeared in The Arts Fuse and The... Read More →
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Michael Lowenthal

Michael Lowenthal is the author of four novels: The Same Embrace, Avoidance, Charity Girl (a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and Washington Post “Top Fiction of 2007” pick), and The Paternity Test (an IndieNext List selection and a Lambda Literary Award finalist... Read More →
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Suzanne Matson

A 2012 fellow in fiction writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, Suzanne Matson has also received creative writing fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.  Her most recent novel is The Tree-Sitter, published by... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Salon Acote 132 Newbury Street, Boston


In the Absence of Sparrows: A Poetic Remembrance of Journalist James Foley
Poet Daniel Johnson pays tribute to American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in Syria in 2014. In a multi-media presentation, Johnson explores his nearly twenty-year friendship with Foley, while layering poetry over combat footage, still photos, and live music. Johnson’s wife, Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson, joins him in paying tribute and provides vocal accompaniment.

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Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson is the author of "How to Catch a Falling Knife," published by Alice James Books. He is working on his second collection, titled "In the Absence of Sparrows," which explores his nearly 20-year friendship with American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Martha Richardson Fine Art/Robert Klein Gallery/Quidley & Co. 38 Newbury Street, Boston


PEN New England Presents "Games People Play: Why Sportswriting Matters"
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... 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... Read More →
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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


David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Boston

David Foster Wallace lived in Boston for three years, from 1989-1992, but he wrote about it like an Allston-Brighton lifer. Celebrate maybe the most important American writer of the last 50 years and take a virtual tour through the real-life Boston places and experiences he transformed into the sad, hilarious, and enduring world of his beloved (and sometimes hated!) novel, "Infinite Jest." Pictures, talking, music (recorded) and conversation. We will also invite audience members to read excerpts from some of DFW's finest works!

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Bill Lattanzi

Bill Lattanzi has worked in film and non-fiction television for over 30 years, as editor, writer and producer. A past Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at M.I.T., Bill is also an award-winning playwright. He’s been writing and talking about Wallace for many years, from the LA... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Barbershop Lounge 245 Newbury Street