Literature Hits the Streets of NoHo

4th Annual Lit Crawl® L.A. in the NoHo Arts District Wednesday, October 26

L.A.’s biggest literary night out features more than 200 SoCal writers and artists in more than 36 literaryperformances & readings at restaurants, galleries and more!

For the fourth consecutive year, thousands of literary arts lovers from throughout Southern California are expected to converge in the North Hollywood Arts District for one night of “literary mayhem” at Lit Crawl® L.A.  On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6:00PM to Midnight, over 36 restaurants, bars, theatres, galleries and more will host literary happenings featuring hundreds of SoCal’s best writers and artists! Audiences will enjoy performances, readings and meet-and-greets with well-known L.A. authors, in addition to dozens of members of L.A.’s diverse, hot literary scene. Lit Crawl L.A. is FREE to attend with the exception of the Closing Party.

Lit Crawl L.A. is held in three “Rounds” plus an Opening Program and Closing Party. Guests can choose to attend just one event each Round or “crawl” from event to event. The schedule is as follows:

* 6:00PM Opening Program at Metro North Hollywood Red Line Station Plaza
* 7:00PM Round One
* 8:00PM Round Two
* 9:00PM Round Three
* 10:00PM Closing “Speak-Easy” hosted by Amazon Studios
Upstairs at The Federal Bar, located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd.

The complete Lit Crawl L.A. schedule will be available soon at

A few of the outstanding collection of 200 writers and artists participating in the Crawl include: Wendy C. Ortiz (Excavation: A Memoir; Hollywood Notebook); Matthew Specktor (American Dream Machine); Indies Choice Book Award winner Justin Torres (We The Animals); The Rumpus Editor-in-Chief Stephen Elliott (The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir; Happy Baby); Former Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin (Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles); Tony Valenzuela (Executive Director, Lambda Literary); J. Ryan Stradal (Kitchens of the Great Midwest); Tod Goldberg (Gangsterland); Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo (award-winning poet); KPCC Education Correspondent Aldofo Guzman-Lopez; Robert Standley (Henry Jaglom’s Ovation); 2016 Pushcart Prize winner and host of’s Literary Soundtrack: young adult novelist Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez (Simon & Schuster 2/2017)) and more!

The 36+ literary performances and readings include programs like: Weird and Wicked Halloween Tales; Rainbows and Unicorns: LA Queers Writing Queerly; LARB Out Loud: An Evening in Literary LA presented by The Los Angeles Review of Books; The Literary Dating Game presented by PEN Center USA; From Vietnam To Operation Iraq presented by Returning Soldiers Speak; Boobs, Vaginas, and Brain Tumors: A performance of poetry and prose exploring the female body; Hunger Pangs & Candy Canes: A feast of writers’ bitter and sweet stories from real life; literary presentations celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary by Desert Stories’ tales exploring the wonder, beauty, and eclectic nature of the desert; The New Short Fiction Series’ Ah! Wilderness; and What Books Press’ Adventures In NATURE(scape)ISMS; among others TBA.

Lit Crawl L.A. is a walkable event. Each venue is within a walkable radius from the Metro North Hollywood Metro Red and Orange Line stations. Those traveling into North Hollywood from Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena can also take the North Hollywood to Pasadena Express (Line 501). Guests are encouraged to Go Metro to attend this unique literary festival. Lit Crawl L.A. is featured as a key location on Metro Destination Discounts (, the program that gives Metro riders exclusive discounts to destinations in LA County. Guests can show their valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at Lit Crawl L.A venues for event night savings on their purchases. For more details, visit the Lit Crawl website and event program.

Lit Crawl L.A.’s major sponsors include Amazon Studios, Kaiser Permanente, Laemmle Theaters, Akin Gump and Knitting Factory Entertainment.

Presenting partners include Metro LA, the Los Angeles Public Library, County of Los Angeles Libraries, Los Angeles City Council District 2, the NoHo Arts District Business Improvement District, Los Angeles County Supervisor District 3, California State Assembly District 26, 26th Congressional District of California, the National Park Service and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Other sponsors include, Poets & Writers, Inc., Emerson College, Goddard College, shopPOPdisplays and Mid-town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council.

Lit Crawl L.A. is presented by the Los Angeles Literary Foundation and is a project of the Litquake Foundation. San Francisco’s Litquake literary festival runs October 7-15, 2016, with affiliated Lit Crawls in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Seattle, Iowa City, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Cheltenham, Boston, and Wellington, New Zealand, with more cities in the works.

Lit Crawl L.A. is also made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and with the support of Community Partners.


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Lisa Bianconi
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