On Saturday, Nevada Humanities put on Reno’s first Literary Crawl. The event, which was part of Artown, featured local authors sharing their stories at various venues in Downtown/Midtown. It was set up as a “choose your own adventure” theme, so you could pick which authors you wanted to see and which venues you wanted to go to.
The night started at Sundance Books, where the guides were handed out. The guide was formatted as a book in which you could choose your own path and the story was affected by the choices you made. As a book nerd, I thought this was a great idea to show the available options.
I ended up going to four of the venues and seeing about five of the participants. The venues were within walking distance so it was easy to get from place to place. The downfall was that there was no time between each author. If you wanted to see an author at Sundance and then someone at Great Basin Co-op, you would have to miss part of what one of the authors was saying. I think time should have been allotted to allow people to get to a different venue if they chose to do so.
It was a truly unique event and was a nice variation of the typical crawl events that Reno is known for. The crawl was not focused on alcohol like the other crawls, but instead on the local writing talent; that talent needs to be showcased more often. I enjoyed hearing the stories from local authors and also having the opportunity to talk with them afterward.
I hope this event occurs annually and continues to grow. Reno has a plethora of talented writers and this event was the perfect way to celebrate them.