Lit Crawl is the ultimate proving ground for San Francisco writer, readers, and those who love them. Its the highlight and closing ceremony of Litquake's nine-day mega celebration of words that fly off the page. Think Mission pub crawl for bookworms en masse. Along with standard readings by hundreds of novelists, poets, and non-fiction writers of every genre imaginable, youll also find literary performances the likes of which are hard to come by in any other city on the planet. As the old adage goes: Slowpoke worms miss the juiciest fruits. To ensure success, you have to map out a party plan in advance and stick to it. Scope out the online program of your favorite authors, indie presses, reading series, and themes. Watch the clock and distance between venues. Arrive at and depart from each bookshop, art space, or bar early. Diversify your experience. Chat up fellow lit fiends on the street. Dont fear the hipster glasses. Pack a water bottle. Share your flask. If, however, you can only make one gig, it should be Ben Loory at the Corium Magazine showcase. Loory writes magical, sweet, dark, contemporary fables that are exactly the right length for attention-challenged listeners or lit crawlers already overwhelmed by the sheer volume of words. He shares the stage with Jenny Bitner, John W. Evans, Stefanie Freele, and Andrea Kneeland.
Sat., Oct. 13, 6 p.m., 2012