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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
 

6:30pm

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.   

Speakers
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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 →

Artists
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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

7:30pm

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.

Artists
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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

7:30pm

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!


Artists
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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. Donal... Read More →


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

7:30pm

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

7:30pm

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