Thursday, October 23, is Lit Crawl, the busiest night on Seattle's literary calendar. The Crawl includes 22 events spread all over Capitol and First Hills over three "phases," from 6 to 6:45 p.m., 7 to 7:45 p.m., and 8 to 8:45 p.m., before concluding in a big party at Hugo House with music from the Drop Shadows, food by Jemil's Big Easy, and a cash bar. Most of these events are totally free, although the end-of-night party is $5 at the door (which also gets you a beer). To help you select the path that's best for you, here are three personality-based itineraries. Find more information about all the Lit Crawl events at

You are... a traditional book nerd. You attend readings all the time and you honestly feel as though people who just show up for these kind of gimmicky events are poseurs, or—worse yet—literary tourists.

Here's your itinerary: Start the night with Jess Walter at Town Hall. The Spokane-based novelist is one of the best, most popular writers in the state, and for good reason; his Financial Lives of the Poets is a literary novel that reads like a thriller. Next up, check out Eimear McBride at Elliott Bay Book Company. The Irish novelist will read from her critically acclaimed (and stylistically daring) new book, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing. Then close out your Crawl at Vermillion with a survey of excellent Seattle-area poets including Roberto Ascalon, Oliver de la Paz, and Michelle Peñaloza.

You are... the life of the party. You like being around smart people who make you laugh, and it's not a successful night out unless you have a few strong drinks.

Here's your itinerary: You can't get more on-the-nose than by starting your Crawl at an event called "Funny Ha Ha" at Rhein Haus, the beer hall formerly known as Von Trapp's. The Stranger's own David Schmader will be joined by Lauren Ireland and Tina Rowley on a bill celebrating local comedy writing. Follow that up with a work-themed (and probably also anti-work-themed) reading at Pine Box featuring Lindy West. And be sure to wind up at Ada's Technical Books, where local cartoonists Kelly Froh and Greg Stump will be joined by 2014 Stranger Genius of literature nominee G. Willow Wilson to present new comics.

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You are... the impatient type. You're not the kind of person who typically attends readings because you get bored easily. Why sit through a reading when there are so many neat events out there demanding your time?

Here's your itinerary: Let's get multidisciplinary, then. The first reading for you is at Capitol Cider, where Stranger food critic Bethany Jean Clement hosts food-themed readings from local restaurateur Molly Wizenberg, pie poet Kate Lebo, and tea-and-cookie expert Tara Austen Weaver. Then head to Still Liquor, where actors from Book-It Repertory Theatre will be staging an excerpt from Charles Portis's novel The Dog of the South. Portis is maybe the most underrated American novelist of the 20th century, and South, his comedic novel about a man who goes off in search of his credit-card-stealing wife, is perfect source material for a stage adaptation. And for more fireworks, stop by Office Nomads, where an intriguing group of readers including 2013 Stranger Genius of Literature Maged Zaher and noted socialist firebrand city council member Kshama Sawant will read new work about social justice. If you're bored at the end of these three events, you should probably ask your doctor to change your prescription. recommended