The Inaugural Goodreads Literary Pub Crawl

Posted by Jessica on February 25, 2010
On Saturday, Goodreads co-hosted its first (of hopefully many!) Literary Pub Crawls with Book Soup and PEN Center USA. Beginning with readings from three Southern California writers, Joseph Mattson, Martin Pousson, and Aimee Bender at Malo, the crawlers meandered down Sunset Boulevard mingling and sampling.

For those of you who could not join us, take a look at the Lit Crawl list of recommended drinks. For better or for worse, many influential writers have been...well...thirsty. What is your favorite writer's drink of choice? Or, what is your favorite elixir when you need to get the creative juices flowing? (Alcohol optional.)

We had a great turnout on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who made it a memorable night!

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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary Sorry I missed it.

message 2: by Roberta (new)

Roberta hope to make it to the next one

message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary I'm in N. Car., so they'll have to do the crawl here. We could toast Southern authors.

message 4: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Great idea but you Yanks don't have pubs, do you? So how can you have a pub crawl .. and without proper beer, either?

message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary Well, our bars are a little different, but it's mostly terminology isn't it? Have you tried our beer? I couldn't say, as I'm not much of a drinker. We import lots of beer, I think. You might find your favorite in our bars.

message 6: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Oh dear. It's much too long since I've been to the States (1988!). Miss it. Like your bars, actually. Some of the beer's ok but nothing like our 'real ale' - which Americans usually can't stand and wonder why it's 'warm' (about 50 degrees Farenheit).

message 7: by Mary (new)

Mary Well, if you were considering another visit to the States, now would be a good time. The economy is so bad that hotels have lowered prices considerably, but I haven't kept touch with the exchange rate so don't know if that's still in your favor. Of course I know the economy's not so good in the UK from what my friends there say.

message 8: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Nice tip. I'd really like to get my novel on the market in the States and do a book tour. Only a bit ambitious! Except, a lot of the story is set in the US but I don't yet know what its handful of American readers think of it. So far I've only been to the east side (NY, Boston, Phil, Virginia).

message 9: by Mary (new)

Mary That's more places than many of our citizens have been.

What's your novel about? Have you completed it and given it to an agent?

message 10: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Novel: a 'divine' plan to save the world from global warming (and various other maladies). Published last May. Lots of info on its website, where there are also links to Amazon: .

message 11: by Mary (new)

Mary Wow, you're pretty famous. I listen to BBC radio most nights--do you still do bits for them? I checked out the link briefly and will go back to it. Are you in Manchester? I have friends in Grimsby. Been to some sites in Lincolnshire and to the Manchester airport, but was only in the area three days, I think. Been to England 4x and to Scotland (Edinburgh and some tours) once. Liked it every time. Lucky with the weather mostly, too.
I suppose if you could get some PR in the States and a book tour here, you'd not have to worry so much about the cost, right? Wouldn't the agency/publisher have your expenses paid for you?

message 12: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Not all that famous! F-list. In Manchester right now. I and my partner live partly on my canal boat, partly at her house. Canal boat 9 miles away. Will be living on it again quite soon and filming from it. Not been on it much this winter - too much work to do in land-based office. Never been to grimsby but I have a friend who originally comes from there.
Book tour expenses a bit chicken-and-egg. Would need to set things up before expenses paid from here. Will work on it!
Haven't done any broadcasting for over a year. Too busy publicising the novel and planning next writing.

message 13: by Mary (new)

Mary Well, wish you luck and I'm sure many would be envious that you can focus your time on publicising and writing. "And No Wings" sounds interesting and I will look into getting a copy. The canal boat life looks interesting, too. You seemed to make it very cozy. I only viewed one of the films so far.

message 14: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Thanks for your interest. Posting the book to the US is done at a loss at the moment but the publisher is holding on with that for the few copies ordered. However, read some excerpts on the website first, to get an idea of whether you'd like it.
Yes boat life very fulfilling.

message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary Can Goodreads distribute some through their give-away? That would get a couple copies and US reviews out there.

message 16: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Robson Hey good idea. I'll look into that. Thanks.

message 17: by Siti (new)

Siti Jalena it's very good.

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