Reading Roulette

May 7, 2014 - 7:00 PM

The Bell House
149 7th St


Test your literary (and comedic) mettle at Reading Roulette! In this game of a ‘literary karaoke,’ Lit Crawl NYC has upped the stakes. Participants (including some of our favorite authors) will get on stage to read famous literary passages—where the passage is selected at random, as is the voice in which to read it. 
You may hear readingsThe Great Gatsby as a pirate, Dr. Seuss as Sean Connery, or Twilight as Pee Wee Herman. Whether you stay in the audience (coward!), join the fun, or sign up a friend, you’re in for a night of hilarity and humiliation. 
Celebrity judges A.N. Devers (Writers’ Houses), Kate Manning (My Notorious Life), Paul Morris (PEN American Center), and Dan Wilbur (How Not to Read) will award fabulous prizes to most entertaining renditions. The hilarious Isaac Fitzgerald (Buzzfeed Books, Pen & Ink, The Rumpus) will be your Master of Ceremonies, and DJ Ryan Chapman (Atavist Books) will provided the evening’s soundtrack. Featuring an Event Committee of editors, publishers, and publicists from the lit world (see below!)
All proceeds benefit Lit Crawl NYC. Admission is $12; $25 and $50 donor tickets enter you to win a Kobo e-reader. 

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Master of Ceremonies:
Isaac Fitzgerald (Buzzfeed Books, Pen & Ink, The Rumpus)
Ryan Chapman (Atavist Books)
A.N. Devers (Writers’ Houses)
Kate Manning (My Notorious Life)
Paul Morris (PEN American Center)
Dan Wilbur (How Not to Read)
Benefit Committee
Amanda Bullock, Housing Works Bookstore
Julie Buntin, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Ryan Chapman, Atavist Books
A. N. Devers, Writers’ Houses
Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr
Katie Freeman, Riverhead Books
Daniel Guzman, The Lost and Found Show
Brigid Hughes, A Public Space
Maris Kreizman, Slaughterhouse 90210
Katie Kurtzman, FSG
Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Liars’ League
Halimah Marcus, Electric Literature
Paul Morris, PEN American Center
Lincoln Michel, Gigantic
Steph Opitz, Texas Book Festival
Nathan Rostron, Restless Books
Benjamin Samuel, Electric Literature
Rob Spillman, Tin House

The Prize Categories: 

  • The William Shakespeare (or Most Theatrical)
  • The Gary Shteyngart (or Funniest)
  • The Sylvia Plath (or Most Moving/Melodramatic)
  • The Lewis Carroll/Jabberwocky (or Most Bizarre)

And, the Top Prize of the Night:

  • The Nobel Prize for Reading in a Silly Voice (Grand Prize)

But if you don’t wow the judges you can still walk away a winner. We’ll have fun prizes for other unofficial categories, such as guessing the literary passage and the best (or worst) effort. You never know who will be a winner!

Prizes Include:

Angelika Film Center movie tickets for two!

The Angelika Film Center & Café opened in New York City’s Soho district in 1989. The Angelika plays an impressive and diverse mix of independent films, and is the definitive cinema of choice for filmmakers and film lovers alike. To check out current and upcoming film schedules, visit their event calendar.




St. Mark’s Bookshop gift certificates! 

St. Mark’s Bookshop was established in 1977 in New York City’s East Village, a community of students, academics, artists, and other discerning readers. The bookstore is in the process of moving to a new East Village home, and could use your support on their Indiegogo campaign (ends May 16th). To learn more and get exclusive offers, visit their campaign page.



Out Of Print T-Shirts! 

Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art. Visit their home page for more cool stuff.

Tickets to the exciting new musical, The Anthem!

The Anthem is a rollicking sci-fi musical about a revolt of the young against an evil state lovingly inspired by the classic novella “Anthem.” Hunger Games meets Ayn Rand in a world where individuality is illegal. Prometheus abandons everything to confront the State — controlled by the overlord of evil efficiency, Tiberius. With a forbidden copy of Ayn’s Rand’s ancient tome in hand, can Prometheus overthrow the system?


A Kobo e-reader!

Mystery Prize Bags!

And, last but not least…

A tiny painting of the Clockwork Orange book cover, courtesy of Ky’s Corner!


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