Seattle Prepares for a Litquake

If there's one thing I like more than a good book, it's a beer. Okay, sometimes the beer wins... but it's hard to finish five or six books in a single night.

Either way, the Litquake event that's coming to Seattle's Northwestern shores next Thursday, October 18th, should satisfy both cravings (it's also part of this year's Heineken City Arts Fest... see, I told you there'd be beer). If you've been to one of the Lit Crawls in San Francisco or New York you'll already know just how satisfying they can be. If you're a book lover, it's a chance to see some of your favorite authors - and make some new discoveries - in person, all on the one night. If you're a beer lover... well, you can drink yourself silly while you're at it.

The idea is simple, so rather than overcomplicate it with my own words, I'll leave it to the official Lit Crawl site:

The first-ever Lit Crawl Seattle, to be held on October 18, is a co-production of the Litquake Foundation and the City Arts Festival in partnership with APRIL. Lit Crawl Seattle is inspired by the San Francisco literary festival Litquake’s long-running Lit Crawl (and produced with Litquake’s participation), and will feature some of Northwest’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers onstage. Come join us for an evening of 17 free readings and literary mayhem!

You can see the full reading schedule here, and it's worth noting that multiple authors will be reading at many of the events - turning those 17 readings into 50 or more writers.

The other thing to note is that I will be reading from Ka Mate as part of the Debut Lit event, 7:00pm at the Pine Box (1600 Melrose Ave). I'm particularly excited to be part of this line-up, featuring the authors of two of my favorite books from the last twelve months - Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch) and Lance Weller (Wilderness). Drop by and hear us read, then head off to one of the other readings around town. With names like (Washington State Book Award winner) Peter Mountford and (PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize winner) Vanessa Veselka on the bill you'll be spoiled for choice.

Oh, and if you're buying... mine's an IPA.