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Beast Crawl Literary Festival 

When: Sat., July 12, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. 2014
Price: free
Nope, it doesn’t have anything to do with animals (nor crawling, at least literally speaking). What it does have to do with, however: books and booze and literary conviviality — something between an uncommonly high-minded pub crawl and an uncommonly rowdy book event, featuring readings by more than one hundred writers over a whopping nine hours at several venues throughout Uptown Oakland. It works like this: The event is split into three legs (plus an afterparty), each of which features the option of seeing one of about a dozen expertly curated, wildly divergent readings. So, for example, Leg 1 offers the choice between hearing Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate finalists read at an art gallery, seeing the folks from the literary fiction magazine Swill spin stories at the upscale Southern restaurant Picán, or catching some of the (self-proclaimed) “sharpest, most intelligent, powerful, and witty as eff writers out there” when the collective known as Sexy Beasts reads at the brand-new Flight Deck — and those are just three of ten options on one of three legs. Come to think of it, “beast” may just be the perfect descriptor.
— Ellen Cushing


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