2019 Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl


“Unabridged,” the sixth annual Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl, will take place Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Reno, featuring an exploratory day of over 40 fiction, non-fiction, and poetry readings, as well as panel discussions, book signings, and workshops. The adventure begins for families at 11 a.m. with an iSpy family reading and scavenger hunt at the Downtown Reno Library. Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir, will kick off the Literary Crawl with the keynote address at noon at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno (160 W Liberty Street). An afternoon of Literary Crawl events follows the keynote, taking place at venues throughout the California Avenue corridor in Reno. Access to all events and venues is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome to participate at a variety of family-friendly readings and activities. 

“We have something for everyone,” said Christina Barr, executive director of Nevada Humanities. “The Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl is one of the most exciting events we produce each year. The pairing of literature with engaging and interactive activities appeals to people of any age and really brings the written word to life. We truly appreciate the tremendous support and collaboration this event elicits from numerous community partners. The Literary Crawl wouldn’t happen without them.”

Some featured Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl events include:

The keynote address will feature acclaimed writer Kiese Laymon. The keynote that kicks off the Literary Crawl will take place in the Nightingale Sky Room at the Nevada Museum of Art at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session with a book signing. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, visit nevadaart.org

Family-friendly events include an “iSpy” scavenger hunt that will lead children on a hunt across the Literary Crawl for objects, sightings, and prizes. “Go to the Dogs” and read a story with furry friends of the Reno/Sparks Pet Therapy BowWow Book Club. Become a part of the story in a role-playing game with Dungeons & Dragons specialist Ashley Warren. Join Young Adult authors Naseem Jamnia and Ellen Klages in a conversation about writing for young adults and retelling stories to make the old new again. Artist Bobbie Ann Howell will lead a workshop to create your own Nevada-inspired drawing.

Maren Rush