Literary Fireworks

What's a “litnic?” We're not really sure, but we are sure it's a real thing because it's happened before in San Francisco. As best we can tell from the folks at Quiet Lightning who put together litnics, it's an event for people who love books and literature (that's the “lit” part) who get together for a picnic (there's the “nic”). Plus, it has the added bonus of sort of rhyming with “Beatnik.” That matters, in this case, because this Quiet Lightning Litnic happens in North Beach. It's a great way to celebrate Independence Day, and it's a great opportunity to yak with some of San Francisco's best writers (or to see your friends, if you happen to be one of those writers). According to Evan Karp, all lit-heads are welcome (he says a set of balloons will identify the group), and they're also welcome to bring food, notebooks, cameras, and musical instruments. Also, we bet no one will be turned away for dressing like a well-known American literary character – say, Mark Twain, Tom Wolfe, or Hunter S. Thompson. The people who attend the litnic can act as an audience later in the evening. As the outdoor party concludes, the group plans to walk to a venue for a Quiet Lightning reading, which will include July Westhale, Amy Glasenapp, Sarah Page, Charles Kruger, Chris Carosi, and SB Stokes.
Mon., July 4, 3:30 p.m., 2011

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