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Seattle Lit Crawl / K Records Reading

Porchlight is proud to host Mark Baumgarten reading from his book on the history of K Records as part of CityArts Lit Crawl. Here’s a description of the event here at Porchlight as well as other venues throughout the city.

“Sasquatch Books presents Mark Baumgarten

Porchlight Coffee, 1515 14th Ave.

Seattle author Mark Baumgarten will read from Love Rock Revolution, his acclaimed history of K Records, and share a few stories about the making of the book. Following the reading, K emeritus and Hollow Earth Radio host Rich Jensen will spin hits from K’s back catalog. Dancing is strongly encouraged.”

It’s a bar crawl with literature! On the first official night of City Arts Fest, Lit Crawl Seattle will tour through First Hill and Capitol Hill for a roving night of readings and literary performances.

Lit Crawl Seattle boasts an entire evening of readings in bookstores, bars, art galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés…even an ice cream parlor! From 5pm until late, lit lovers will roam Seattle from its downtown core through First Hill and Capitol Hill as part of City Arts Fest’s “Topographies” arts programming. In all, 17 literary performances by more than 60 writers, actors, dancers and musicians will take place during this evening-long romp through the city.

All Lit Crawl Seattle readings are free and open to the public (although some venues are 21 and over). They’ll be packed too, so bring cash to keep your vamoose to the next spot extra speedy.


Happy Hour: 5 to 5:45pm

Grab your map and a drink at the City Arts hosted literary happy hour. You can check out the visual art on display at the Culture Club and see our first reading/performance of the evening. Get your crawl planned and bolster yourself for a night of fun!

1. The Brazelton

CULTURE CLUB: 411 Union Street between 4th and 5th Aves

As part of the happy hour kick off event, Genevieve Brazelton ( will tell the story and demonstrate how she developed a signature cocktail for her husband and explain why this is all part of being a good housewife. Introduction by City Arts editor Leah Baltus.

Phase 1: 6-6:45pm

Head up to Pill Hill for the first hour of shenanigans, including a switcheroo reading, funny ladies and more! You get to choose your own adventure tonight.

2. University Book Store presents Funny Ladies

Town Hall, Downstairs, 1119 8th Ave. (Enter on Seneca)

Featured wits include Jennifer Worick (Things I Want to Punch in the Face); Jane Ganahl (Naked on the Page); Litsa Dremousis (Nerve, NY Magazine) and the ever-inappropriate Diane Mapes (How to Date in a Post-Dating World). Seattle magazine’s Brangien Davis will host.


Quarter Lounge, 909 Madison St: 21 and over

Two fiction writers and a poet walk into one of the finest dives in Seattle. APRIL presents readings from Matthew Simmons, Richard Chiem and visiting poet Megan Kaminski.

4 & 5. The Four Hoarse Men and Interrupture

The Hideout, 1005 Boren Ave: 21 and over

Fireside Room at Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St.

The Four Hoarse Men and Interrupture read at each venue. While they run back and forth, Susan Rich stokes the Fireside and Lydia Swartz ( strikes the Hideout.

Phase 2: 7-7:45pm

By now, you should be feeling your oats and lucky for you, your event options are expanding. Further up the hill, choose from some fine literary fare in the mid point phase of Lit Crawl Seattle.

6. Debut Lit

The Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave: 21 and over

DEBUT LIT presents a showcase of local debut authors, including Suzanne Morrison (Yoga Bitch), Nicole Hardy (Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin), Lance Weller (Wilderness), Dan Coxon (Ka Mate: Travels in New Zealand), Jeff Bender (The Weight), Will O’Donnell (Beta Version) and host Rebekah Anderson (Let the River Take It).

7. Dark Coast Press

Spine & Crown Bookstore, 315 E. Pine St.

Join Dark Coast Press for six exciting readings from your favorite Dark Coast authors and some of our best friends, featuring: Gabe Blackwell, Jarret Middleton, John Hamilton, Elissa Washuta, Kristen Young, and Corinne Manning.


Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library at Gay City, 517 E Pike St.

Poets? Performers? AND Queer? What a magical combination! Bent Writing Institute is the only Queer Writing Institute in the Nation and aims to use writing as a vehicle for social change, laughter, and all around glittery goodness.


Babeland, 707 E Pike St: 18 and over

Risky, risqué, or risk-averse — all are welcome at Babeland, as APRIL presents work from Seattle’s Crystal Curry. With Lily Divine Productions providing a one-of-a-kind literary burlesque performance.

10. Poetry+Motion

Saint Johns Bar, 719 E Pike St: 21 and over

Experience the power of your words translated into another medium. Poetry+Motion’s dancers will put choreography to your poem. Your voice will be the music!

11. Carlos Andrés Gómez

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave

Award winning actor Carlos Andrés Gómez performs work from Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood (Gotham), a coming-of-age memoir that redefines masculinity for the 21st century male.

Phase 3: 8-8:45pm

The final countdown! For the last phase of readings, we move even further into the neighborhood to locations within easy perching distance of our final destination: The After Party. Make it count!


Comet Tavern, 922 E Pike St: 21 and over

A headlining set from a man without a band to speak of. APRIL’s final selection of the night features a solo reading from poet Zachary Schomburg at the (in)famous Comet Tavern.

13. Tin House

Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave: 21 and over

Hailing from the NW’s cultural capital, Tin House travels up I-5 with a coterie of Portland literati, including Vanessa Vaselka (Zazen) and Pauls Toutonghi (Evel Knievel Days). David Shields (Reality Hunger) will be on hand to persuade those small-town kids of Seattle’s supremacy.

14. Seattle7Writers

Barca, 1510 11th Ave: 21 and over

Seattle7Writers celebrates LitCrawl with seven acclaimed authors each reading seven paragraphs from page-sevens and chapter-sevens and other seven-themed moments in their marvelous books. Authors include David Boling, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Garth Stein, Laurie Frankel, Katherine Malmo, and Sean Beaudoin.

15. James, Tolbert, Marin and Mooney

Bluebird, 1205 E Pike St

Sybil James (The Last Woro Woro to Treichville), Anastacia Tolbert (, Natasha Marin (, and Jessica Mooney join forces for a night of poetry, stories, and conceptual art.

16. Sasquatch Books presents Mark Baumgarten

Porchlight Coffee, 1515 14th Ave.

Seattle author Mark Baumgarten will read from Love Rock Revolution, his acclaimed history of K Records, and share a few stories about the making of the book. Following the reading, K emeritus and Hollow Earth Radio host Rich Jensen will spin hits from K’s back catalog. Dancing is strongly encouraged.

After Party: 9pm

This is it! We all come back together again to celebrate a fine night of crawling at Seattle’s best loved literary institution. Meet readers from throughout the crawl, buy their books from Elliott Bay Books and get them signed. Plus, readings from this year’s Washington State Book Award winner and actors!

17. Elizabeth Austen, Peter Mountford, Book-It, and After Party

Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave

Poet Elizabeth Austen and novelist Peter Mountford read, plus Book-It Repertory Theatre presents an excerpt from Denis Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son.” Then, we party like only writers can. Cash bar.



  1. Anonymous

    damn it!!! I just saw this and apparently it literally JUST ended!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOooooooo!!!!

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