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SoHo: October 21, 2015

LIT CRAWL NYC @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 

Hosted by Buzzfeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald and author and graphic storyteller Mira Jacob

The carnival begins promptly at 7:00 PM: after that it’s anyone’s guess. Thanks for your flexibility, we encourage you to interpret the schedule as you will — never forget, time is a construct!  


7:00 on the dot: Literary Carnival Begins

7:15ish: Literary Pictionary Presented by National Book Foundation, Hyphen Magazine & Armchair / ShotgunFeaturing clues inspired by the National Book Awards, Literary Pictionary is a bookish take on a favorite parlor game. Contestants from Hyphen Magazine and Armchair / Shotgun will take the stage, competing to have the audience guess the names of acclaimed books or famous authors based on their rapid-fire illustrations. Hosted by 5 Under 35 Honoree Alex Gilvarry, author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant.

7:50ish: Latino Literary Scramble Board Presented by La Pluma y La Tinta: In the spirit of Soul Train’s scramble board, contestants will be given 60 seconds to solve word puzzles related to Latino authors and their works. Winners get to choose from a bag of “whimsical” prizes. Hosted by Raquel Penzo.

8:00ish: #SingleSentenceBooks: A Literary Competition Winner Announcement: Presented by Dan Wilbur & Better Book Titles: In honor of this year’s Lit Crawl NYC, we’re teaming up with Better Book Titles creator Dan Wilbur to see who can come up with the funniest synopses of classic and new literature. To join, just tweet a funny summary of your favorite book with the hashtag #SingleSentenceBooks and @litcrawlnyc any time before Wednesday, October 21st at noon. The winners will be announced at Lit Crawl NYC at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Wednesday, October 21st at 7 PM. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to the store and a copy of Dan’s book, How Not to Read.

8:10ish: Exquisite Corpse Presented by H.I.P. Lit: Throughout the evening, audience members will have the chance to add to the Corpse stories, initiated by our featured writers, who include: Ryan Britt, Tracy O’Neill,Michele Filgate, Brian Gresko, Dolan Morgan, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Jason Porter, and Kristopher Jansma. Each participant can only view the previous participant’s final sentence as a basis for continuing the stories. The full Exquisite Corpse stories will be read aloud on the main stage for all to enjoy! For participating, each Corpse contributor will earn a raffle ticket and a chance to win a H.I.P. Lit tote filled with literary goodies (ie: books and whiskey). 

 8:20ish: Nerd Jeopardy Presented by BOMB, One Story,  & A Public Space: Ever yelled “Who is Proust?!” at the televised image of Alex Trebek? Ever wonder why you decided on a grad degree in Renaissance poetry? Nerd Jeopardy is here for you. Just like the game show—but with booze, heckling, and categories devoted to all things literary. Authors Rosie Schaap, Sasha Fletcher, Garth Greenwell and audience members will compete for glory and a small prize or two. Hosted by literary marketer Ryan Chapman.

8:50ish: Trivia Bingo Presented by Tin House, Pushkin Press, & New York Review Books: Steal This! Literary trivia about theft, stealing, and general skullduggery. Heavy audience participation. Most likely Bingo, on speed. 

9:15ish: Raffle Winner Announced by Electric Literature: Enter to win a free ticket Electric Literature’s Genre Ball at the Ace Hotel New York on October 23. Info about the bash can be found here. The winner will be announced at the end of Lit Crawl night. (Must be present to win)

9:20ish: Exquisite Corpse Presented Pt. Deux by H.I.P. Lit

9:30ish: Live Music from the Farrar, Straus and Giroux house band, The Savage Detectives: Sarah Crichton (lead vocals) is publisher of Sarah Crichton Books/FSG. She once sang in a band. She now mostly sings at funerals. Eliza Grace Martin (backup vocals) works in the copy department of the New Yorker. She mostly sings with her mother, Sarah Crichton. Dan Piepenbring (drums), formerly of FSG, is now Web Editor of The Paris Review. He is the drummer for Vulture Shit. Chris Peterson (bass), formerly copy chief at FSG, is a freelance copy editor and proofreader. Brian Gittis (guitar) is assistant director of publicity at FSG. He got his first electric guitar (a Peavey raptor) in 8th grade. John Knight (guitar) is an assistant editor at FSG. The last band he played in broke up in 1995. Jo Stewart (backup vocals) is an editorial assistant at FSG.



Flash Portraiture by Kate Gavino of Last Night’s Reading

Kate Gavino is a writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn. Over the last few years, she has attended hundreds of readings around New York City in venues ranging from factories to cemeteries, chronicling each one on her Tumblr.

 Tarot Card Readings Presented by Restless Books & One Story

Restless Books is an independent publisher for readers and writers in search of new destinations, experiences, and perspectives. From Asia to the Americas, from Tehran to Tel Aviv, we deliver stories of discovery, adventure, dislocation, and transformation.

One Story is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail, or on their digital devices.

Mobile Photobooth Presented by Sarabande Books

Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary press dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short fiction, and essay.