Unleash the Literary Beast

Inspired by and in many ways similar to Litquake's Lit Crawl, Beast Crawlstarted last year as a grassroots effort from coalescing East Bay groups such as Bitchez Brew (soon to be Red Crow), Saturday Night Special, Grinder, and The Naked Bulb, and overnight became 125 authors reading in 25 Uptown venues in three hours — all for free. This year is bigger and badder, with a diverse spectrum of acts that includes Tourettes Without Regrets, Black Futurists Speak, Bawdy Storytelling, Small Press Distribution; publishers like Eleven Eleven and Kelsey Street; and reading series like East Bay on the Brain and Lyrics & Dirges. A lot of the fun is that you have to choose and can't lose. Each phase has 10 concurrent events, but they all point to a collective afterparty — this year, spread over two venues: Legionnaire Saloon and Telegraph. A full schedule, interactive map and links to all of the authors and projects can be found on their website.

Sat., July 6, 5-9 p.m., 2013
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