An event-filled day all about celebrating the written word is coming back for a second run.
The point of the Lit Crawl is to celebrate the local literary scene, organizers say. It brings together authors, artists and performers for different events throughout the day, including readings, games, a hands-on workshop, and more.
The 2017 Lit Crawl will be Saturday, Sept. 16. It starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m., with events scattered throughout Minneapolis' Uptown area. (It starts at the book store Magers & Quinn, and ends at Bryant Lake Bowl.)
And here's a great bonus – all of the events and activities are free to attend.
More about the events
It kicks off with learning how to make your own bound or stapled books.
After that you can go to a "Black Poets Building A Spaceship To Get The F--k Out" event, try some literary speed dating, attempt poetry karaoke (which is exactly what it sounds like), head to a Books and Bars public book club show, or attend a late-night record party celebrating local icons like Prince, the Suburbs, and the Suicide Commandos.
And those are only some of the events – you can find the full list here.
The Lit Crawl movement started in 2004 in San Francisco and has only grown. There are now Lit Crawls in 14 other cities (including London, Seattle, Manhattan and Austin), and all are affiliated with the Litquake Foundation.
Pew Researched last year found on average, Americans reads about 12 books a year. Younger people (18-29 years old) were more likely than any other age group to have gotten through a book in the past 12 months.