Smartypants guide to the Seattle Lit Crawl

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A pub crawl meets literature with more than 80 readers and artists at this year's Seattle Lit Crawl on Thursday. You'll wander from bar to bar, drinking and listening to talented local authors read their work. Topics at the different spots will range from sobriety and recovery to sex and drugs, or head to Hugo House for readings on all things salty and salt-related (with free salt and vinegar chips!). You can find the entire schedule of readings and events here.

Whether you can attend or not, we did some research and here are our top picks from this year's free night of readings at local venues (you can always do the reading on your own). The night is split up into three phases of readings in 45-minute increments, then afterwards join Crosscut at the Lit Crawl after party at Fred Wildlife Refuge. (You can find the venues with the map below.)

6 to 6:45 p.m.

(16) Sobriety & Recovery: Sarah Hepola & Melissa Febos

Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. (Entrance on Seneca St.)

Two critically acclaimed authors will read about their experiences with sobriety and recovery. Sarah Herpola is the author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget and the former personal essays editor at Melissa Febos wrote the memoir Whip Smart about and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers.

(15) Consider the Oyster: A Puget Sound Love Story

The Cloud Room, 1424 11th Ave. (4th fl. of Chophouse Row)

If you're a foodie, this is a reading you won't want to miss. Essays will be read by two talented food writers, Langdon Cook and Sara Dickerman. Cook is author of The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America and winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award. Dickerman's work has appeared in Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Saveur, Sunset, Seattle Magazine and Slate, where her writing won a James Beard award. After the readings, Pacifica Review nonfiction editor Corina Zappia will moderate a Q&A with Renee Erickson, owner of The Walrus and The Carpenter.

(6) A Salty Reading

Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.

If nothing else, this will be an interesting one discussing all things ... salty? Chomp on free salt and vinegar chips while listening to all things salt-related. Authors include Sonya Vatomsky, author of poetry collection Salt is for Curing, and Richard Chiem, author of You Private Person. Also, expect a blend of story and song from cabaret queen Princess Charming.

(11) It’s a Bitch to Remember

The Project Room, 1315 E Pine St.

The Project Room is currently tackling the question: How are we remembered? So their stop on the Lit Crawl will be centered around the theme of remembrance. Allison Ellis, who has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, SELF, Redbook and Marie Claire, will be reading. Hugo House fellow Steve Barker and Jason Schmidt, author of A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me will also share their stories.

(12) Flight of Fancy: A Literary Cider Flight

Capitol Cider, 818 E Pike St., downstairs [21+]

Purchase and taste a sampling of fine hard ciders, each paired with a reading suggestion by Seattle Public Library's David Wright and Andrea Gough who will discuss their picks.

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Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth is formerly a digital editor at Crosscut, where she curated and wrote Crosscut’s daily, weekly and election newsletters.