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2008 Schedule: Saturday, September 27

Lower East Side (6 pm)


Farrar, Straus and Giroux
R Bar, 218 Bowery Ave. (at Prince St.)

Since 1946, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has published tremendous fiction with international reach and is home to an enviable stable of new and old talent. Farrar, Straus and Giroux authors have won extraordinary acclaim over the years, including numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and twenty-one Nobel Prizes in literature. Four gifted young writers will take turns reading from each other’s work: Rivka Galchen, Sarah Manguso, Wells Tower, John Wray


The Genius Salon v. The Thorstein Foundation
Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie St (at Delancey)

James J. Williams III, Ellen Frances, Catherine Foulkrod, John O’Hara, and Daniel Cassady


Barack Obama: Fact or Fiction
Envoy Gallery, 131 Chrystie (at Delancey)

Presented by Tao Lin’s All-Star Players: Host Tao Lin, Zachary German, and Ellen Kennedy


The New Yorker’s Ben Greenman presents: Against the Grain
Happy Ending, 302 Broome St. (at Forsyth)

Ben Greenman, Rebecca Curtis, and Sasha Frere-Jones


Restless Legs
Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. (at Allen St.)

A reading series for those stricken with wanderlust, Restless Legs Reading Series shares humorous, poignant, and/or rollicking tales about the adventure and agony we experience and the wisdom and worldliness we gain through travel. Marry Morris, Ayun Halliday


East Village (7:15 pm)


Guerilla Lit
Solas, 232 E 9th St (at 3rd St.)

Tao Lin, Nicole Audrey Spector


Canteen Cavalcade
Telephone Bar, 149 2nd Ave (at 9th St.)

Canteen’s LitCrawl Readers: Porochista Khakpour (Issue #3), Alan D. Miller (Issue #4, in production), Garth Risk Hallberg (Issue #1)


Best of Literary Upstart
Common Ground, 206 Ave. A (at 13th St.)

The L Magazine, New York’s event guide, presents their annual Literary Upstart reading, in Best of form. Debora Kuan, Sarah Harris, Lincoln Michel, Lauren Wilkinson


Brit Lit
Boxcar Lounge, 168 Avenue B (at 11th St.)

Bloomsbury and Penguin present an evening of British humor. John Reed, Luke Dempsey


Listen to the Tyrants
Arrow Bar, 85 Avenue A (at 5th St., downstairs)

New York Tyrant contributors Leigh Newman and Michael Kimball read from recent work, plus a screening of a short film by Luca Dipierro based on Dear Everybody, Kimball’s latest novel. Hosted by Chris March, from Season 4 of Project Runway. Don’t worry, nobody gets kicked off.


Paragraph Member’s Reading
KGB, 85 E 4th St. (at 2nd Ave.)

Presented by Paragraph Workspace for Writers. Hosted by Terry Selucky. Anne Pelletier, Lisa Ebersole


Williamsburg (8:30 pm)


Cracker Barrel: Southern Writers From the South
Sound Fixx, 110 Bedford St. (at North 11th St.)

Laura Bonner presents poetry, fiction, Southern music and a television pilot. Amanda Petrusich, Hilary Howard, Ben Bolling, Kristin Damrau


First Impressions (nonfiction)
El Beit Café, 158 Bedford Ave. (at N 8th St.)

The Crier presents First Impressions (evening of nonfiction). Doree Shafrir, Alexander Provan, Moe Tkacik, Christine Smallwood (host)


Globe-O-Rama Fruit Salad
The Abbey, 536 Driggs Ave. (at N 8th St.)

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) presents a pageant of international readings by indie editors from Fence, Habitus, Open Letter and Ugly Duckling Presse, each of whom will contribute to a global fruit salad to be served to an audience of readers hungry for world literature! Jamie Schwartz, Declan Spring, Jennifer Hayashida, Aaron Hawn, Joshua Ellison


Cheryl B. Presents…PVC: The Poetry Vs. Comedy Variety Show
The Lucky Cat 245 Grand St (at Roebling)

The Poetry Vs. Comedy Variety Show is a monthly competition between performance poets and comedians at the Bowery Poetry Club. Host Carolyn Castiglia; Comedians Elon James White, Becky Yamamoto; Poets Cheryl B., Bakar Wilson. Judges: Abbi Crutchfield, Shawn Hollenbach


Literary Death Match
Supreme Trading, 213 N. 8th St. (at Roebling)

Opium’s Literary Death Match is a competitive, humor-centric reading series that features four literary publications, presses or concerns (both online and in print) in an edge-of-your-seat read-off. This special Lightning Edition will feature five-minute readings from Tim Mucci (Slice Magazine), Jensen Whelan (Hobart), Christina Kallery (Failbetter) and Timmy Waldron (Word Riot) judged hastily by Ben Greenman (New Yorker), Cicily Janus (Opium.com editor), and Aussie writer Lee Bob Black.


Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St. (at Richardson St.)

Join the editors of BOMB Magazine, authors Donald Breckenridge and Nicole Steinberg, for the last stop in the first-ever New York LitCrawl. Featuring BOMB-aoke! Help us re-enact classic interviews from BOMB’s 27 years in a karaoke-style format. Be Jonathan Safran Foer interviewing Jeffrey Eugenides (BOMB #81), or play Paula Fox from Lynne Tillman’s conversation (BOMB #95). The best performance wins a free vintage issue of BOMB worth lots of dough! Donald Breckenridge, Nicole Steinberg


Lit Crawl After Party

9:30 p.m.-close
Supreme Trading, 213 N. 8th St. (at Roebling)