The third annual Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl was held on Saturday in Reno. The Literary Crawl is a fun take on the traditional crawls Reno holds throughout the year. Instead of focusing on alcohol, this crawl focuses on local authors. The event hosts many authors and poets doing live readings of their works at various venues throughout the downtown Reno area. The event began with a Prologue at West Street Market Courtyard and included other locations such as the Downtown Reno Library, Lake Mansion, and Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery, with the night ending at Sundance Books and Music. Literary enthusiasts got a chance to experience the local talent and the local authors had the opportunity to tell their stories.
New Addition: This year’s crawl featured a new twist with the inclusion of a social hour. During this hour, the crawlers could mingle with the authors at a few different venues while enjoying an appetizer and/or a drink. It was an effective way for the local bars to be part of the crawl without having the readings there. Last year, I attended an author’s reading at one of the local bars and I wasn’t able to hear anything he said. The addition of the social hour was a wonderful improvement.
A Needed Change: The one thing still needing improvement in the literary crawl is the schedule. Each author is scheduled for a half hour of time. The next author is scheduled to speak immediately after that at each venue. The problem with that is there isn’t time to move from one venue to the next without missing part of the current or the next performance. The crawl seems to be designed so the participants stay at one location the entire time. While that would still make for a fun evening, one of the appeals is to experience multiple venues around Reno. The event is called a crawl, but in order to get to each event without missing much, you would have to sprint. An addition of 10-15 minutes between each speaker would be a great addition to next year’s event so the participants can listen to as many local authors as possible.
The evening was a reminder of the amazing talent we have in this community. We are hoping this event continues and grows with each year. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s crawl!