Phase 1: 6:00–6:45 pm
Soft Skull Night
Solas, 232 E 9th Street
Come see some of the latest literary rock stars published by Soft Skull Press, a small but fierce New York publisher of literary fiction, political nonfiction, and alternative culture (aptly called “the literary version of a punk rock label” by The Huffington Post).
Instant City: Bad Behavior Goes Bi-Coastal
Bar 82, 136 2nd Avenue
Instant City: A Literary Exploration of San Francisco presents NY-SF writers Lincoln Mitchell, Gabe Roth, Evan Rehill and Editor, Gravity Goldberg.
Goodbye Summer with Fence Books
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street
Kiss summer goodbye with contributors to the luscious Fence Summer 2010 issue, a giant peach of an issue.
Behind the Green Scenes
Scratcher, 209 East 5th Street
The editors of TheDailyGreen.com interview an environmental expert.
Lit Chicks vs. Book Boys: Literary Trivia with Harper Perennial
KGB, 85 East 4th Street
Join Harper Perennial for a night of girls vs boys trivia, awesome prizes, excellent readings, and alcoholic beverages. [Rachel Shukert represents the girls, Jason Mulgrew the boys, and Neal Pollack hosts.]
Phase 2: 7:00–7:45 pm
The Lower East Side Denizens on 9/11
Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery
The Lower East Side Denizens have collectively published hundreds of books, articles and poems; they’re fine artists, photographers, performers and historians of our contemporary culture. They are Bob Holman, Clayton Patterson, Ron Kolm, Susan Scutti, Jim Feast, Anna Mockler, Steve Dalachinsky. Tonight they are jumping off on 9/11 evoking good or evil or something in between.
Von Bar, 3 Bleecker Street
Join Frank Anthony Polito, Rakesh Satyal, and Lee Houck of Kensington Books as they bring a touch of pink to the NYC Lit Crawl! Whether chronicling the trials of band fags, or the personal repercussions of impersonal sex, these three authors represent the diversity and breadth of modern queer fiction.
Welcome to the Jungle — Urban Lives Revealed
Yippie Museum Café, 9 Bleecker Street
From dark fiction to biting reality, a look at modern urban life through the eyes of some superb contemporary writers: Eddy Portnoy, Stephen Elliott, Jack Boulware and Henry Chang.
My Life on the Lower East Side
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery
The young ladies of the Lower East Side Girls’ Club share writings from summer writing workshop with authors Janice Erlbaum and Bil Wright.
FSG on Sex, Love, Friendship and Literature
310 Lounge, 310 Bowery
FSG gathers Ralph Sassone, Alina Simone, Justin Spring, and David Levithan, four writers whose upcoming and recent works parse the complexities of friendship and the sadness and joy of love.
Love Is Not A Romantic Comedy: A Look at Relationships in Real Life
Botanica Bar, 47 East Houston
YourTango contributors read from essays and discuss the wildly varied ways we make relationships work in the 21st century — where love is quite different than its silver screen stand-in (though no less popcorn-worthy).
Phase 3: 8:15–9:00 pm
Gigantic and Open City Present: Sweet Home New York
Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie Street
Subways, taxis, tall buildings, the noise, energy, inspiration, and aggravation. What more could be said about New York? Lots. It’s where we are. New York-based literary magazines Gigantic and Open City asked their favorite writers to each share a New York “moment.”
Litquake’s East Coast Contingent
Happy Ending 302 Broome Street
Litquake vets Sean Wilsey, Bruce Weber, Cintra Wilson, Ben Greenman, and David Henry Sterry grace the East Coast Lit Crawl with bi-coastal flavor.
Katra, 217 Bowery
Help us re-enact classic interviews from BOMB’s 30 years in a karaoke-style format. Channel your inner Chuck Close interviewing Kiki Smith (issue #49) or pretend to be Tim Roth and Steve Buscemi gushing about Brad Pitt (issue #59)… Rivka Galchen and Nick Flynn will judge the contest.
Revise and Recant
White Slab Palace, 77 Delancey Street
Goofs, gaffes, guilt. The National Book Critics Circle makes public apologies for its crimes. Board Members will plead for forgiveness for villainy and negligence in their reviews. Heartfelt entreaties from the NBCC membership will make this a thoroughly punishing and satisfying tribunal.
Down and Dirty Round the World
Lolita Bar, 266 Broome Street
Words without Borders: The Online Magazine of International Literature presents an evening of hard-boiled, pulpy, and erotic international literature read by some of our favorite authors and translators.
Paris Review Sneak Preview
Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street
Join the new editors of The Paris Review—and surprise guests—as they unveil their fall issue.
Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street