Brooklyn: May 17, 2014

Phase 1: 5:00 – 5:45 PM

1. Life Advice In A Public Space

A Public Space (All Ages)

323 Dean Street

Join authors & APS contributors John Haskell, Robert Sullivan, and Megan Cummins, who’ll find answers to your life’s questions in the pages of their work.


2. Emily Rubin’s Loads of Prose Presents Every Fold Matters  

Atlantis Superwash (All Ages)

472 Atlantic Ave

The personal, often hidden side of laundry revealed with Lynn Sachs, Rosemary Fine, and Veraalba Santa. Directed by Lizzie Olesker.


3. Ruff Rough with Lost Lit

Grumpy Bert (All Ages)

82 Bond Street

We all have something to bark about. From the canine furry variety, to the naked human kind. Join us as we honor all things Ruff Rough.


Phase 2: 6:15 – 7:00 PM

4. GET LIT: Close Encounters with A Strange Object

Brooklyn Strategist (All Ages)

333 Court Street

Join CLMP and A Strange Object for strange tales and stranger hijinks, featuring Julia Fierro, Kelly Luce, Lincoln Michel, Maya Sloan, and J. M. Tyree.


5. Face Value with Chris Abani

Brooklyn Buschenschank (21+)

320 Court Street

Chris Abani expounds on the human topography of faces, as part of a Restless Books series called “The Face.”


6. Liars’ League NYC: Nothing but Lies

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen (All Ages)

271 Smith Street

Three favorite stories taken from the murky archives of Liars’ League NYC, the reading series featuring original short fiction read by professionally trained actors.


7. Violence and Trauma in Literature

People’s Republic of Brooklyn (PRB) (21+)

247 Smith Street

Authors Cara Hoffman, Helen Benedict, and Columbia Epidemiologist Karestan Koenen discuss trauma in literature, the facts behind fiction, and writing responsibly about violence and PTSD.


8. Prompt. Write. Share. Rinse. Repeat. Write-In with Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Ceol (21+)

191 Smith Street

Let go of your literary anxiety and pick up a pen. You’ll get three short writing prompts and the chance to tell your story.


9. Ducts/Trumpet Fiction: Close Encounters of the Intimate Kind

Camp (21+)

179 Smith Street

We love them, we loathe them. Who are we without our other halves? Four performers tell stories of relations that will make you blush, laugh, and cry.


10. Bodega Presents: Meet the Authors

Musician’s General Store (All Ages)

177 Smith Street

Get to know your fellow Lit Crawlers during our game of “Meet the Author.” Get your quote, find your author, win free drinks!


11. The NewerYork Press: The Literary Madhouse

Boat Bar (21+)

175 Smith Street

Madlibs with classic novels. Performance. Letter writing. Free-word associations. It’s like a poetry reading through a madhouse mirror. It’s a good time all around.


12. A Big Little Reading: Gigantic Turns Five

61 Local (All Ages)

61 Bergen Street

Celebrating five years of Gigantic, contributors from each issue—Lynne Tillman, Helen Klein Ross, Jon Cotner, Anya Yurchyshyn, and Sasha Fletcher—will read.


13. An Evening with Guernica & PEN America

BookCourt (All Ages)

163 Court Street

In celebration of the PEN/Guernica Flash Fiction Series, an evening of literary debauchery. Featuring flash fiction readings by Mira Jacob, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Sung Woo, and special surprise guests.


Phase 3: 7:15 – 8:00 PM

14. Slice and Henry Holt Present: Writers on Tap

BookCourt (All Ages)

163 Court Street

Slice and Henry Holt in collaboration with Vol. 1 Brooklyn present a reading of fresh new talent: Scott Cheshire, Keren Toledano, and Rahawa Haile.


15. La Pluma y La Tinta Presents When Brooklyn Was Brooklyn

The Brazen Head (21+)

228 Atlantic Avenue

Stories, poems, and essays from native Brooklynites about life in the borough before this recent wave of gentrification; a teaser for the upcoming book.


16. Red Umbrella Diaries

Urban Folk Art Gallery (All Ages)

99-101 Smith Street (door at Brooklyn Tattoo)

True stories from people with experiences selling or trading sex, ranging from funny to gross to sexy to sad, sometimes all in the same story!


17.  The Worst!

Micro Museum (All Ages)

123 Smith Street

THE WORST! is a storytelling series where writers, comedians, and musicians tell funny stories about their worst jobs, dates, roommates, and anything else terrible but laughable or thought-provoking.


18. Armchair/Shotgun’s Old-Timey Radio Show

61 Local (All Ages)

61 Bergen Street

Armchair/Shotgun performs a radio drama. Live! On Stage! “With Sound Effects and Everything!” It’s the Armchair/Shotgun Old-Timey Radio Hour. (Or rather, 45 Minutes…)


19. Le Chat Noir presents: The Writer Makes Rent

Boat Bar (21+)

175 Smith Street

Writers share tales of terrible jobs—plus a live flash fiction contest. Mike Albo hosts Ed Lin, Kristin Dombek, with a ghost-reading of Jacob Tomsky by The Greg Wilson.


20. Tin House and VIDA Present: Sexist Bingo!

Ceol (21+)

191 Smith Street

Name the authors behind wildly offensive sexist quotes, from Mailer to Franzen, to win prizes. With antiquated thinking, mansplaining, and condescension for all!


21. Room for Elephants Presents: Rhyme, Reason, and a rum-and-coke

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen (All Ages)

271 Smith Street

An interactive theatrical mash-up of The Phantom Tollbooth.


22. After Party

8 PM on

61 Local (All Ages)

61 Bergen Street

FREE, Open to all Crawlers