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 First Litquake Takes Manhattan Brooklyn

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From left to right, author Mark Haddon, interior of 61 Local and columist/author Amy Sohn
 
 
San Francisco’s Litquake brings its semi-notorious literary pub crawl to New York twice in 2012, with Brooklyn first on the docket in the Spring, followed by Manhattan in the Fall; Lit Crawl Brooklyn will feature 30 + authors at 14 separate events in 11 venues that will highlight new work from Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time (which sold over 2 million copies) in an evening from GRANTA, as well as a wide variety of other nimble-minded (and sometimes trash-talking) authors including short story writer Elinor Lipman, Michelle Legro, New York Press columnist (and Sex in the City adaptor) Amy Sohn, and writers from Tin House and Indie publishing house Akashic Books along with events like Knit Lit, Art School Confidential from The Writing Program at Pratt Institute and Literary Taboo from Electric Literature among others
 
Lit Crawl Brooklyn happens on Saturday, May 19, 6 7:45pm, Admission FREE; venues include bars, a yarn shop, book stores and a museum
 
 
April 18, 2012, San Francisco – Litquake intends to take Manhattan, but first, Brooklyn.  For the 5th year in a row, San Francisco’s literary festival is taking its show on the road and heading east, but for the first time ever will stage a Lit Crawl in Brooklyn, before heading back in the Fall to NYC itself.

“Brooklyn has a long literary history (back to Walt Whitman),” says Suzanne Russo, Director of  both Litquake's NYC and Brooklyn Crawls. “But these days it's really the epicenter of New York's literary scene. It's where the writers are, so it seemed like the logical next step for us, and the response has been overwhelming—it's really exciting to bring so many fantastic magazines and organizations together for one fabulous night."
 
Lit Crawl Brooklyn happens Saturday, May 19 from 6 – 7:45 pm. It will feature over 30 authors in 14 separate events at 10 venues. Admission is FREE.
 
Writers on the docket include Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time (which sold over 2 million copies) in an evening from GRANTA, as well as a wide variety of other nimble-minded (and sometimes trash-talking) authors, including:
Participating Literary Journals, Ogranizations and Groups Participating Authors Venues Lit Crawl Brooklyn is broken down into two phases, with the first scheduled from 6pm to 6:45, and the second beginning at 7pm and going until 7:45. Schedule below:

Phase 1: 6 – 6:45 pm
1. Britain Live! A Liars’ League Salon
Zombie Hut (21+)
273 Smith Street
To celebrate the launch of its latest issue, Granta magazine teams up with Liars’ League NYC, the newest branch of the London-based salon which features actors performing new fiction. Actors will perform “The Gun,” a new story by Mark Haddon, and debut writer Sam Byers’ darkly comic story “Some Other Katherine.”
 
2. Knit Lit
La Casita Yarn Shop
253 Smith Street
Knitters knit. Writers write. And sometimes writers knit (or vice versa). Beth Hahn, Perri Klass and Elinor Lipman do both.
 
3. The Writing Program of Pratt Institute presents “Art School Confidential”
People’s Republic of Brooklyn (PRB) (21+)
247 Smith Street
Novelists Samantha Hunt (The Invention of Everything Else), James Hannaham (God Says No), and Thad Ziolkowski (Wichita) read artwork-inspired fiction.
 
4. Cambridge Writers Workshop Literary Cabaret
Ceol (21+)
191 Smith Street
Drawing from a literary treasure box of prompts, dialogue, and other surprises, hosts Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Jillian Brall will call up volunteer readers/performers for interludes of poetry, rants, and character sketches. It’s a literary masquerade where you don’t know which character from which century will make the next appearance.
 
5. Akashic Celebrates Spring Fiction
Camp (21+)
179 Smith Street
Celebrate fiction with readings by three of Akashic’s stellar authors: Shira Nayman (A Mind of Winter), Eliza Factor (The Mercury Fountain), and Lonely Christopher (The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse).
 
6. Literary Taboo with Electric Literature
Boat Bar (21+)
175 Smith Street
There are some things you should never admit about your literary history (like that you’ve never read Moby Dick or cried at the end of Harry Potter). And there’s plenty about literature that you should never say aloud. Join Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading for a night of Literary Taboo hosted by Seth Fried, author of The Great Frustration.
 
7. Brooklyn Writers Space: Say Anything
BookCourt
163 Court Street
Was everything really OK for Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court when the no smoking sign dinged off? Come find out what members of the Brooklyn Writers Space think happened after the ending of Say Anything. Terence Degnan, Jim Hanas, Heidi Schreck, Amy Sohn, and a surprise guest read original works.
 
Phase 2: 7 – 7:45 pm
8. The Coffin Factory Presents: The Dirty Parts
Boat Bar (21+)
175 Smith Street
Sexy bits of literature featuring readings from Justin Taylor and Steve Danziger.
 
9. Armchair/Shotgun’s Old-Timey Radio Show
61 Local (21+)
61 Bergen Street
Armchair/Shotgun, along with authors Dolan Morgan, Zachary White, and Alanna Bailey, perform a radio drama. Live! On Stage! "With Sound Effects and Everything!" It’s the Armchair/Shotgun Old-Timey Radio Hour. (Or rather, 45 minutes...)
 
10. NY Writers Coalition Day 10th Anniversary Reading
Micro Museum
123 Smith Street
NYWC, one of the world’s largest community-based writing programs, features work fresh off the pens from its unprecedented day of free writing workshops in iconic community spaces (the subway, Staten Island, parks, and more!). Special guest readers will join in the fun.
 
11. PEN America
BookCourt
163 Court Street
 
12. Tin House Presents: Science Fair
The Brazen Head (21+)
228 Atlantic Avenue
Tin House presents a Science Fair, with Michelle Legro, Rachel Riederer, and editors Rob Spillman and Emma Komlos-Hrobsky giving away cocktails and magazines to anyone science savvy enough to answer our trivia questions. Brief presentations from the latest issue, Science Fair, and lots of weird questions. And, yes, we’ll probably blow some stuff up.
 
13. Brooklyn College
Last Exit (21+)
136 Atlantic Avenue
Spend an evening with Brooklyn College’s MFA program and its next generation of poets, playwrights and fiction writers.  Featuring student and faculty readers from all three genres, it promises to be an action-packed night.
 
14. After Party
8 p.m. on
61 Local (21+)
61 Bergen Street

About Lit Crawl New York and Lit Crawl Brooklyn
New York’s Lit Crawl is a madcap concept first created by San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival back in 2004. It’s a bar crawl, with literature! The inaugural Lit Crawl NYC took place in September 2008 and has grown into a lively, wildly popular annual event.
 
Lit Crawl NYC and Lit Crawl Brooklyn are both projects of the Litquake Foundation. San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival that runs October 5–13, 2012, with annual Lit Crawls in San Francisco, New York City, Brooklyn and Austin. Lit Crawl Brooklyn is sponsored by Brooklyn Writer’s Space; Pratt; Sixpoint Brewery; Out of Print Clothing; Brooklyn Historic Society; PEN America

More information: litcrawl.org/nyc | facebook.com/litcrawlny | @litcrawlnyc
 
About Litquake
Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival, was founded by Bay Area writers in order to put on a week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, complete with cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented more than 3,650 author appearances for an audience of over 83,500 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco’s thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city’s music, film, and cultural festivals. Dates: 10/5 – 13, 2012. www.litquake.org | facebook.com/litquake | @litquake
 
Litquake is made possible in part due to the support of the following sponsors: The Miner Anderson Family Foundation, Blurb.com, Black Balloon Publishing, California Institute of Integral Studies, Chronicle Books, HarperOne, UC Berkeley Extension’s Creative Writing Program, Jardinière, Stanford Humanities Center and the Human Experience at Stanford University, Stanford Continuing Studies, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Blue Angel Vodka, The Consulate-General of Mexico in San Francisco, The Book Club of California, City National Bank, The Hotel Rex, KQED, KALW 91.7, BARtab, Book Passage, Books Inc., Booksmith, Borderlands, Green Apple Books & Music
 




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