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Friday, February 20, 2015

Literature & Libation, a combination with allure

One of the parts of the upcoming SunLit Festival we're particularly fascinated with is the SunLit Crawl, a Pub Crawl with Literature. Our abiding interest probably has something to do with the fact that we're sponsoring it. Still, the lure of Literature & Libation (see what we did there?) would remain strong no whether we were helping to make it happen or not.

That said, we're particularly looking forward to the performances of actors portraying Dead Authors and the living writers portraying themselves and offering a glimpse into some of their work. We're indebted to Maureen McDole, president of Keep St. Pete Lit, and Corinne Broskette, executive director of Venue Theatre Collective, whose efforts and colleagues are responsible for making this event come to life.

It's free and it all takes place on Wednesday, March 11, in the middle of the SunLit Festival. It's also made possible by the generosity of the various businesses that have made their spaces available in the name of literature. Okay, and libation. We'd encourage you to make a night of it. Order food and drink from these establishments so they'll recognize this sort of literary activity as good for business  and want to do it again next year.

Here's the schedule for the evening. We hope you'll be able to make it. Of course, there are 13 other activities that are part of SunLit Festival. We encourage you to go to the SunLit Festival website and learn more about all of these events. Facebook Events are set up for each activity during the week. Click on the GOING button and share the link with friends.

SunLit Festival
Wednesday, March 11
6 p.m.


WINE MADONNA
111 2nd Avenue NE

Foreword Before Party — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sip poetic wines and get in the mood for literary revelry


GENERO COFFEE COMPANY
1047 Central Avenue

Chapter 1 — 7 p.m.
Matthew Jackson: Ode to the art of the proper pub crawl.

Chapter 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Jack Kerouac: The road ended in St. Petersburg but the Beat king’s legacy lives on. Portrayed by Robert Gilligan

Chapter 3 — 8 p.m.
Patrick J.F.X. Smith: Aventura Loco, a mad Mexican adventure in the manner of Kerouac but very, very different.

Chapter 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Zora Neale Hurston: The toast of the Harlem Renaissance still tells the tales of her Florida home. Portrayed by Nyela Hope


BODEGA
1120 Central Avenue

Chapter 1 — 7 p.m.

Maureen McDole: Poetic musing about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Chapter 2 — 7:30 p.m.

Ernest Hemingway: The old bard of Key West and Havana at his poignant and macho best. Portrayed by John M. Lowe

Chapter 3 — 8 p.m.
Cathy Salustri, Jon Kile, and Shelly Wilson: "Three Bars"  — Three Authors. Three Chapters. Many bad decisions.

Chapter 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Jack Kerouac: The road ended in St. Petersburg but the Beat king’s legacy lives on. Portrayed by Robert Gilligan


GREEN BENCH BREWERY

1133 Baum Avenue North

Chapter 1 — 7 p.m.
Cathy Salustri, Jon Kile, and Shelly Wilson: "Three Bars"  — Three Authors. Three Chapters. Many bad decisions.

Chapter 2 — 7:30 p.m.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: The hard-drinking, Pulitzer-winning scribe of the Big Scrub has a soft side, too. Portrayed by Deanna Scott.

Chapter 3 — 8 p.m.
Gloria Muñoz: Internal and external spaces. Endangerment of culture and expression

Chapter 4 — 8:30 p.m.
Ernest Hemingway: The old bard of Key West and Havana at his poignant and macho best. Portrayed by John M. Lowe


OLD KEY WEST BAR & GRILL
2451 Central Avenue

Epilogue After Party — 9 p.m.
Beat era poetry and jazz into the night.

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