Party down with words at Lit Crawl 

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Lit Crawl — Litquake’s closing-night session of 80 events in the Mission district — involves almost everyone on the Bay Area’s literary scene. On Oct. 15, in three sessions, the first beginning at 6 p.m., readers will enjoy a deliciously random array of literary entertainment. Here are just a few suggested events, by theme. For the full schedule, visit


RADAR Productions

The Michelle Tea-founded RADAR presents queer-centric literary performances — atop a pool table — with Rhiannon Argo, Annie Danger, Myriam Gurba and Brontez Purcell [7:15 p.m., Lexington Club, 3464 19th St.]

Fabulocity and Fierceness

Lambda Literary Foundation, a leading LGBT literary crew, presents readings by seven Lambda fellows. [7:15 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St.]

Collective Brightness

LGBTIQ poets writing on faith, religion and spirituality read from their work. [8:30 p.m. Doc’s Clock, 2575 Mission St.]


Blame it on the a a a a a Alcohol

BARTab editor Jim Provenzano hosts six authors reading tales inspired by inebriation. [6 p.m., Martuni’s, 4 Valencia St.]

He Said What? Sex! Deception! Politics!

Eight authors — including Litquake co-founder and co-director Jane Ganahl — read cheeky and insightful stories and open the floor for discussion. [6 p.m., Mina Dresden Gallery, 312 Valencia St.]

Men Undressed and Girls in Green

Narrative cross-dressing is exercised in readings from contributors to the anthology “Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience.” [7:15 p.m., Sub/Mission Art Space, 2183 Mission St.]

Good Vibrations

The pioneering erotic emporium celebrates smutty erotica and sexuality; Carol Queen, co-founder of the Center for Sex and Culture, is emcee. [7:15 p.m., Women’s Building Auditorium, 3543 18th St.]

Whore! Magazine

Contributors to the local magazine devoted to reclaiming a derogatory term read from their work. [8:30 p.m., Clarion Alley, between Mission, Valencia, 17th and 18th streets]


Read Good Food

Cookbook author Karen Solomon hosts readings by food writers Daniel Duane, Marcia Gagliardi, Dabney Gough, Connie Green and Sam Mogannam on “how cookbooks inspire change.” [6 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St.]

Curd it Through the Grapevine

Food writers Megan Gordon, Nicole Spiridakis, Karen Solomon and Annie Zimmerman talk about their craft. [7:15 p.m., Mission Cheese, 736 Valencia St.]


Apocalypse Now What?

Writers from the Kearny Street Workshop read selections about disasters, both epic and banal. [6 p.m. Forest Books, 3080 18th St.]

Come Cheer the Reaper

The San Francisco Writer’s Grotto presents writers in a program about unpredictable morbidity with a lineup including Grotto co-founder Ethan Watters. [7:15 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., ]

Conversations at the Wartime Café

Contributors read from a new anthology subtitled “A Decade of War 2001-2011.” [7:15 p.m., Liberties Bar & Restaurant, 998 Guerrero St.]

Mystery and Mayhem

San Francisco Examiner news and crime writers and editors Mike Aldax, Will Harper and Rob Nagle, along with Lisa Davis, author of “The Sins of Brothers Curtis,” cover the dark side. [7:15 p.m., Mission Police Station, 630 Valencia St.]


Highlights in Low Lighting

The humor-infused LitUp Writers’ group — including Jessie Alsop, Graham Gremore, Hugh Hunter, Jennifer Lou, Christin Rice and Mike Shur — presents “Humorous Tales of the Absurdities of Life.” [8:30 p.m., Revolution Cafe, 3248 22nd St.]

McSweeney’s and The Believer present. ...

The City’s hippest publishers host a program with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz of Mission Street Food, and poets Tess Taylor and Matthew Zapruder. [8:30 p.m., Latin American Club, 3286 22nd St.]

Drunken Goats

The group — which bills itself as “not just a writing group, we’re a way of life” — hosts Paul Donohue, Vince Donovan, Kim Gengler, Jennifer Hurley and Judy Viertel in a “Build Your Own Writing Group” session. [8:30 p.m., Photobooth SF, 1193 Valencia St.]

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