Lit Crawl Seattle carries celebration of words from downtown to First Hill to Capitol Hill

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With the return of the cloud blankets, so Seattle returns to indoor literary pursuits. This Thursday October 18th, the first ever Lit Crawl Seattle arrives as part of the City Arts Festival’s “Topographies” program. This completely free night of readings, performances, and other events literary will start in downtown, move though First Hill, and finish on Capitol Hill, with the after party at the Richard Hugo House. It’s billed as “Seattle’s most anticipated literary night of the year.” This is a chance to interact with a large cross section of Seattle’s literary community, from magazine editors, to local authors, poets, and performers alike.

The night begins at 5p with a happy hour at Culture Club at 411 Union, and then the next three hours are split into three “phases.” With each phase come several choices. 

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  • Phase one (6-6:45) has three options for events. The University Bookstore Presents Funny Ladies, with Brangien Davis of Seattle Magazine hosting at Town Hall. There will be a poetry and fiction reading sponsored by the small press APRIL the Quarter Lounge, and the Four Horse Men of the Interrupture will be at the Hideout. From here on out it becomes much more Hill-centric. 
  • Phase two (7-7:45) has six events taking place on the Hill at venues ranging from bars to sex toy shops. Debut Lit at the Pine Box will feature new works from new local authors. Dark Coast Press will feature writers from that publisher at Spine and Crown Bookstore. Nearby at Babeland will be another APRIL reading, including a literary burlesque performance. The Bent Writing Institute will be at the LGBT Library at Gay City. Finally, there will be Poetry+Motion at St. Johns Bar, and a one man show with Carlos Andrés Gómez at Elliott Bay. 
  • How about a poetry reading at the Comet? Phase three has the final APRIL reading there, with poet Zachary Schomburg. Tin House will feature Portland writers at Vermillion. The Seattle7Writers at Barca will read seven paragraphs from page seven. (Not sure of the theme on this one.) Up the Hill at Bluebird there will be poetry and conceptual art with James, Tolbert, Marin and Moony, and at Porchlight Coffee Mark Baumgarten will discuss his new book, Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. 

Finally the after party at Hugo House will feature readings by Elizabeth Austen and Peter Mountford, as well as a performance from Book-It Repertory doing excerpts from Denis Johnson’s Jesus Son. This will be the chance to hobnob with the performers and participants, talk literature, and of course, enjoy libations.

The complete Lit Crawl Seattle schedule is here.

For those looking to continue the crawl, CHS has the details on an event taking place in the days following. Storytelling in the Furniture Store features Ilvs Strauss and Wesley K Andrews and uses the metaphor of Capitol Hill real estate development to talk about personal growth in the loft space of Retrofit Home. While having lots in common with the Lit Crawl, this is a separate City Arts event, and costs $10. 

Storytelling In The Furniture Store

Part of City Arts Fest

October 17 – 19 at 7:00 PM, October 20 at 1:00 PM

Location: Retrofit Home, 1103 East Pike Street  Seattle, WA 98122

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