1. Inner Children, Outer Asians, and Authentic Human-Like Objects
232 E 9th St.
Kaya Press welcomes author extraordinaire and tooth-plunking musical prodigy Ed Lin; Thaddeus Rutkowski, maestro of the quick, killing insight; and playwright-performer and awkward-moments aficionado Samantha Chanse; all probing their inner, outer, and out-there selves in a literary quest for universal truths.
2. Questions, Desire, Existence…
Bar 82 (21+)
136 2nd Ave.
Join Europa Editions and author Alexander Maksik for a reading from You Deserve Nothing—the debut publication from Europa’s new Tonga Books imprint—followed by rounds of Existentialist Trivia. Don’t know what Existentialist Trivia is? Come find out! Giveaways and prizes galore. Books will be available at a special Lit Crawl price.
3. Eat Your Words
Jimmy’s No. 43 (21+)
43 East 7th St.
Food writers Lauren Shockey, Joshua Bernstein, and Giulia Melucci dish about brews, ex-boyfriends (and their ties to spaghetti), and life behind the burner. Jenny Miller, editor at New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog, emcees.
4. Dirty Laundry: Remains of the Stain
Launderette (all ages)
97 2nd Ave. #A
Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose, hosted by Emily Rubin, author of Stalina, will present “Remains of the Stain,” writings about dribbles, spills, and other moments of lust and panic. Ten writers read short shorts inspired by memorable stains. Hear how a lipstick stain inspired a novel, and more.
5. The Center for Fiction presents Fake It!
85 East 4th St.
Do you like to play the dictionary game? Or perhaps Balderdash? Then join The Center for Fiction, the only nonprofit in the country dedicated entirely to celebrating fiction, as we challenge authors Shya Scanlon, Lizzie Skurnick, and Fiona Maazel to come up with the best first line to juicy books, based only on the title and blurbs. Audience participation welcome!
6. From Fiction to Mystery
209 East 5th St.
Soho Press presents a night of readings. Alex Shakar reads from Luminarium (“Part Philip K. Dick, part Jonathan Franzen”); Paula Bomer from her excoriating novel of family life, Nine Months; Juliann Garey from Electric Madeleine, narrated by a former studio exec with bipolar disorder; and Henry Chang from his latest Detective Jack Yu mystery, Red Jade.
7. New York’s Scalawags, Scoundrels, and Satanists
Swift Hiberian Lounge (21+)
34 East 4th St.
Gregory Young, one half of the Bowery Boys New York City History podcast, dishes the muck on corrupt mayor Fernando Wood, a political scoundrel notable for inciting a police riot and suggesting that the city secede from the Union during the Civil War. Ed Hamilton is author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007). He will share tales of Dee Dee Ramone, fellow hotel resident and one of the original punk rockers who put CBGB on the map of the demimonde. Harry Smith, was an artist, filmmaker, folklorist and jack of all occult trades. Another hotel resident, Smith is the subject of his new novel Flophouse of the Damned.
Bowery Electric (21+)
Re-enact classic BOMB interviews in a karaoke-style format with guest authors. Channel your inner Sam Lipsyte being interviewed by Christopher Sorrentino, or pretend to be Jennifer Egan talking shop with Heidi Julavits. Choose from dozens of scripts, and then bring on the theatrics! The best performance wins a vintage issue of BOMB worth $100!
9. NYU’s Washington Square Collective
Think Coffee (all ages)
1 Bleecker St.
The editors of Washington Square, New York University’s literary journal, will read from their latest issue while you take turns adding lines to a poem and a short story—without knowing what the preceding lines are about. Once completed, they’ll be read aloud and you can see what you’ve created.
10. FSG presents Nerd Jeopardy
310 Lounge (21+)
A near-perfect replica of a certain TV game show, complete with Answers in the Form of a Question, Daily Doubles, and Final Jeopardy—except (almost) all the questions are about books. Form your own group and go up against the team of special guest FSG authors.
11. The Unbearables Celebrate the Art and Architecture of Meat
Bowery Poetry Club (all ages)
While forever outside the pale, the avant-garde remains hopeful—just like the Unbearables. They are writers, poets, and historians of contemporary culture. They are infamous, insightful, funny, and profane provocateurs. They are Max Blagg, Jack Boulware, Jim Feast, Susan Scutti, Ron Kolm, Chavisa Woods, and steve dalachinsky. Hosted by Jody Weiner.
12. Instant City: Bad Behavior Goes Bicoastal
Botanica Bar (21+)
47 East Houston
Instant City: A Literary Exploration of San Francisco brings you the bicoastal edition for the second time! Readings by New Yorkers who consider San Francisco their second (or first) home. With Soumeya Bendimerad, Amanda Davidson, Leigh Gallagher, Lincoln Mitchell, and Evan Rehill.
13. Conversations at a Wartime Café
Bluestockings Bookstore (all ages)
172 Allen St.
Where were you the morning of 9/11? If we are all correspondents mindful of collateral transactions, how is literature possible without the context and grammar of war? Wartime Café anthology contributors Sean Labrador y Manzano, Britt Melewski, Molly Kat, M.g. Martin, Tess Patalano, Nick Johnson, and Lindsey G examine.
14. Poetry to the People
Vig Bar (21+)
12 Spring St.
Poetry. Entropy. Political narrative. Spoken word. Corrina Bain, Gabriel Kruis, Vivian O’Shaughnessy, and Patrick Gaughan wax poetic.
15. The Sex Lives of Salesmen
Dixon Place (21+)
161A Chrystie St.
Join novelist Helen DeWitt for stage adaptations of her new novel Lightning Rods. Actors will be on hand to perform scenes from the book, and the author will compare them to her own vision. Hilarity assured.
16. Gigantic Exquisite Corpse: Four Days, Four Writers, Four New Works
Home Sweet Home (21+)
131 Chrystie St.
Gigantic presents its first generative reading, designed specifically for LitCrawl2011. Writers Lynne Tillman, Anelise Chen, Dan Bevacqua, and Mitchell S. Jackson engage in 96 hours of consecutive creation. Each writer has 24 hours to write a story in 700 words or less, the last sentence of which is passed to the next writer as a prompt.
17. A Paris Review Musical Revue
105 Eldridge St.
The editors of The Paris Review unveil their fall issue to the rock and country stylings of The Dog House Band—featuring Sven Birkerts, David Gates, Val Haynes, Lee Johnson, Erica Plouffe Lazure, Wyatt Mason, J. Greg Phelan, Vic Rawlings, Lily White, and James “Sin Killer” Wood.
18. Down and Dirty Round the World
Lolita Bar (21+)
266 Broome St.
Words Without Borders: The Online Magazine of International Literature presents an evening of hardboiled, pulpy, and erotic international literature read by some of our favorite authors and translators: Chip Rossetti, Alison Dundy, Edna McCown, and Anna Kushner.
19. Six-Word Memoir Slam
White Slab Palace (21+)
77 Delancey St.
In 2006, SMITH Magazine put a personal twist on Hemingway’s legendary novel in six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”), and soon after the Six-Word Memoir became one of the hottest trends on the web. Bring your memoir to the Six-Word Memoir Slam—prizes will be awarded to audience favorites!
20. Ten Years Later: A Granta Conversation
Gallery Bar (21+)
120 Orchard St.
To mark the publication of Granta 116: Ten Years Later, which looks at the world has changed since 9/11, contributors Phil Klay and Madison Smartt Bell (Granta Best Young American Novelist and author of The Color Of Night) will read from their recent work, and discuss themes of violence, war, the desert, and homecoming.
21. After Party (9 pm on)
Gallery Bar (21+)
120 Orchard St.
FREE, open to all Crawlers