If you tell people you’re a writer in L.A., they often assume you write screenplays, but this city is also home to poets, novelists, essayists, and short story writers, among others. On Wednesday, October 25, many of them will head to North Hollywood for the fifth annual Lit Crawl L.A. More than 30 NoHo venues, including restaurants, bars, theaters, and cafes, are hosting readings and performances that night.
Lit Crawl kicks off with opening remarks at 6 p.m., followed by a poet laureate parade. Then, three rounds of literary events start each hour on the hour, and it all wraps up with a speakeasy-themed party at The Eclectic (5156 Lankershim Blvd.) at 10 p.m. All of the events are free to attend, except for the closing party. Party tickets are $20.
Highlights of the many events on the Lit Crawl schedule include:
1. Revolutionary Reads
Los Angeles Review of Books hosts a reading of nonfiction pieces on the topic of revolution at 7 p.m. at Skinny’s Lounge (4923 Lankershim).
2. The Great L.A. Mystery Throwdown
Local mystery writers do battle at this Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter, reading. The audience is invited to root for their favorites. 7 p.m. at Blastoff Comics (5118 Lankershim).
3. Eat Your Heart Out
Shades & Shadows presents the latest installment of its science fiction, fantasy, and horror-themed reading series at 8 p.m. on the patio at Pitfire Pizza (5211 Lankershim).
4. Still Waters | Sounds from the Waters
Up-and-coming poets perform spoken-word poetry inspired by the sounds water makes at 8 p.m. at El Tejano (11122 Magnolia Blvd.)
5. L.A. in a Flash
Exposition Review hosts a short flash fiction reading and micro-workshop at 8 p.m. at Rodini Park (11049 Magnolia). Full disclosure: This one’s a personal highlight, because I’ll be reading a story.
6. Out of the Mouth and Into the Fire
Author Lilliam Rivera hosts this Jack Jones Literary Arts reading that features “black women poets reading from the body.” 9 p.m. at NoHo Plaza (5223-5225 Lankershim).
7. Made in L.A. Writers | Literary Trivia Night
Find out how big of a book nerd you really are at 9 p.m. at The Federal (5303 Lankershim).
All of the Lit Crawl L.A. events are within walking distance of each other, and they’re also within walking distance of the North Hollywood Metro stop. If you take public transportation, you can make the night extra literary by reading a book as you travel. Please don’t try that behind the wheel.