We have more than 60 authors who are reading at 19 different venues in three hour-long shifts beginning at 6 p.m. Then join your friends and favorite writers at 9 p.m. for the afterparty at Richard Hugo House.
Maps will be available at the Elliott Bay Book Company, the Richard Hugo House, and participating venues on Capitol Hill, and available to download here on the Lit Crawl Seattle website.
All Lit Crawl readings are free and open to the public (although some venues are 21+). They’ll be packed too, so bring cash to keep your vamoose to the next spot extra speedy. All reading locations can be identified with a Lit Crawl poster, and volunteers will be on hand to help you find your way. Don’t be surprised to find a roaming poet who will write you a verse on the fly!
Phase One: 6–6:45 pm
1. Ivan Doig Reads Sweet Thunder
Ivan Doig’s new novel furthers the adventures of Morrie Morgan, a teacher and troublemaker in Butte, Montana, in 1919. Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times books editor and host of TVW’s Well Read, will introduce and lead a Q&A.
2. Drawn Out: Graphic Novels
Acclaimed cartoonists Ellen Forney (Marbles) and David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song) read and present slides of their latest work. Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) hosts.
3. Women on the Verge
Local memoirists Nicole Hardy (Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin), Claire Dederer (Poser), Elissa Washuta (My Body Is a Book of Rules), and Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch) explore youth, spirituality, and sensuality. Hosted by Jenn Risko of Shelf Awareness.
4. Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Elisabeth Eaves (Wanderlust), Brian McGuigan (Salon.com, Fat Fuck), Sonora Jha (Foreign), and Neal Thompson (A Curious Man) read recent and forthcoming prose that captures a powerful sense of place. Hosted by Seattle Met‘s news and politics blogger, Josh Feit.
5. Poetry at Poco: Love, Addiction, and Owls
Susan Rich (The Alchemist’s Kitchen) hosts fellow poets Karen Finneyfrock (Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door), Rebecca Hoogs (Self Storage), and John Duvernoy (Razor Love, Something in the Way) in an autumnal showcase of style and craft.
6. Bits and Pieces: Essays from The Magazine
Featuring literary nonfiction for curious people with a technical bent. Glenn Fleishman (The Magazine’s editor and publisher), Matthew Amster-Burton (Pretty Good Number One, Hungry Monkey), and Nancy Gohring (The Economist, New York Times, Wired) read essays on eating ramen in Tokyo, visiting Virginia’s underground vaults of U.S. A/V history, and slaughtering urban chickens.
7. Three Jennys Walk into a Bar…
Jenny Forrester (co-editor of The People’s Apocalypse and 2011 Hugo House New Works winner), Jenny Hayes (Unshod Quills, The Northville Review), and Jennifer D. Munro (The Erotica Writer’s Husband & Other Stories) read tales of lust, loneliness, and the American West. Seattle Writergrrls’ Jenny Neill hosts.
Phase Two: 7–7:45 pm
8. Will Self Reads Umbrella
Co-presented by Elliott Bay Book Co. and the Washington Center for the Book, British novelist Will Self reads from his latest, “a savage and deeply humane novel” (The Boston Globe) shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize and recently released in the U.S.
9. Institutionalized: Books, Bands, and Punk Rawk
Author-rockers Sean Beaudoin (Wise Young Fool), Kevin Emerson (The Atlanteans series, lead singer for The Board of Education), Danbert Nobacon (3 Dead Princes, formerly of Chumbawamba), Kari Luna (The Theory of Everything), and Conrad Wesselhoeft (Adios, Nirvana) will read, with memoirist Brian McGuigan as MC.
10. Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind
Jane Hodges (Rent vs. Own), Michelle Goodman (The Anti 9-to-5 Guide), Ingrid Ricks (Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story), and Steven Barker (co-founder of “Cheap Wine & Poetry”) read poems and stories about making a buck. Recruiter and NWjobs.com blogger Kristen Fife hosts.
11. Crazy Sexy Zombies
Dark, droll, and delightfully depraved, Fifty Shades of Brains will amuse you and disgust you—and just might eat your face off. Poet Evan J. Peterson (Skin Job, The Midnight Channel) joins the duo behind this sexy spoof to get it Up with Dead People. Litsa Dremousis (Salon.com, New York Magazine) hosts.
12. Dark Coast Press: Works in Progress
Indie-press authors rock the house: Host Jarret Middleton (author and Dark Coast Press cofounder), along with John M. Hamilton (Hell Called Ohio) and Anca Szilaygyi (The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares) get real.
13. Tin House Presents: New Novels
Portland lit-magazine and book publisher Tin House showcases new novels by Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day), Peter Mountford (The Dismal Science), and Kevin Sampsell (This Is Between Us). Tin House’s poetry editor, Matthew Dickman, will introduce.
Phase Three: 8–8:45 pm
14. Hugo House Presents: Adult Story Hour
Strangely alluring writers Ryan Boudinot (Blueprints of the Afterlife), Stacey Levine (The Girl with Brown Fur), and Matthew Simmons (Happy Rock) read short stories. Mats and blankets optional, booze guaranteed. Brian McGuigan, Hugo House’s former program director, hosts.
15. Rhyme and Reason: Poets Who Teach
Poets from Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) program show off rhythm and meter. Matt Gano (Suits for the Swarm), Erin Malone (Hover), Rachel Kessler (TATE, USA Today, The Stranger),and WITS staffer and host Jeanine Walker (Cimarron Review, Web Conjunctions) read.
16. Copper Canyon Presents: Poets with Candy
Come for treats, not tricks, as poetry press Copper Canyon presents local treasures Matthew Dickman (50 American Plays) and Ed Skoog (Rough Day) while doling out candy. Copper Canyon associate editor Elaina Ellis introduces.
17. A Big Ol’-Fashioned Queer Bash
Bring your smartest shimmy to our celebration of LGBTQ lit, starring Corinne Manning (The Furnace reading series), Cole Arden Peake (Bent Writing Institute), Irene Keliher (Bellingham Review, Pearl), Jeremy Halinen (What Other Choice), and host Jaimee Garbacik (Gender & Sexuality for Beginners).
18. Hedgebrook Hauntings: Stories of Mothers and Other Ghosts
Hedgebrook alumnae Wendy Call (No Word for Welcome), Anastacia Tolbert (Crab Creek Review, Specter), and Storme Webber (Venus Boyz) perform stories of women haunted, women who haunt, and the ties that bind them. Hedgebrook’s Katie Woodzick hosts.
19. Farm to Fable
Food writers Langdon Cook (The Mushroom Hunters), Kathleen Flinn (Kitchen Counter Cooking School), Joe Ray (New York Times), and Kurt Timmermeister (Growing a Farmer) will dish up delicious nonfiction. Seattle Weekly’s food and drink editor, Nicole Sprinkle, hosts.
Afterparty: 9 pm–midnight
Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.
Join the literati and party like only writers can. Featuring Poem Shop by Matthew Rowe, Hot Dog Stop, and beer from Georgetown Brewing Company. Cash bar. Lit Crawl authors’ titles for sale by Elliott Bay Book Co.