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Get Crawling: Lit Crawl NYC on September 10, 2011 (NYC Blog)

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New York City Lit Crawl 2011

Over 70 Authors to Participate in this year’s Lit Crawl NY

NYC Lit CrawlWhilst most of the city is jostling to get freebies or spot celebs during this weeks Fashion’s Night Out event, or gearing up for Fashion Week, there are still non-couture obsessed events to get us by. New Yorkers seem fond of drinking, reading and being anywhere but their own apartments. Luckily for us this weekend is the fourth annual Lit Crawl, which is an event that combines great literature with ample boozing. The tradition began all the way over on the west coast, when a literary festival was held in San Franciso–Litquake in September 2006. In essence it is a full-on bar crawl that celebrates literature along the way. Writers of books, magazines, plays and poetry are all celebrated, participating and saluted (with booze filled glasses) in Lower Manhattan as this year’s festival will feature over 70 authors who will read or perform some of our favorite reads.

Event goers have the option of at least 20 different venues, all free admission, located in the East Village and Lower East Side from 6pm-9pm on Saturday, September 10, 2011. From the moderately cerebral to the tongue-in-cheek BOMB-aoke (Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery), where guests can get up on stage and re-enact BOMB author interviews in a karaoke-esque style. Watch food writer Lauren Shockey, a staff writer at The Village Voice, along with some of the city’s most notable food writers, taking part in Eat Your Words (Jimmy’s No.43, 43 East 7th Street), and Ed Hamilton will share some of his stories from the Chelsea Hotel (an old favorite of the city’s artists), especially about punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone (Swift Siberian Lounge, 34 East 4th Street).

The event will not only be a review and honoring of literature but many will be generating short pieces live, stripping down the process of their work in the presence of alcohol and strangers especially during the Six Word Memoir Slam (White Slab Palace, 77 Delancey Street)by SMITH magazine. The crawl will also open your eyes to some of your former favorite Lower East side spots or introduce you to new favorites (Home Sweet Home on 131 Chrystie Street is a lot of fun during the week in its rockabilly dive outfit). The festival ends with a free party at Gallery Bar (120 Orchard Street) for all festival attendees. Be sure to look out for “golden ticket” books hidden around the city which you can exchange for free drinks at the after-party. The previous years’ events have been fun, impromptu and spirited to say the very least, if this isn’t a perfect ending to another splendid summer then I don’t know what is.

--Nikkita Flavius-Gottschalk is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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