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It’s easy to imagine how one could have constructed a drinking game from watching the literary hoards roam Valencia Street on Saturday night as part of Litquake’s final event, Lit Crawl. Drink once for every tweed blazer, once for every pair of leather elbow patches, once for every sensitive ponytail on a man or sexy librarian tortoise-shell glasses on a woman. Drink twice if both members of a couple embody a literary cliche. Take two sips for every notable author or Matt Gonzalez sighting.Michael Kors edinburgh Chug the bottle if San Francisco celebrity Robin Williams makes a cameo.

Or you could have done like the rest of the crowd and gotten a civilized drink while taking in one of the 26 scheduled readings in the four-hour tour. Beginning on 16th Street at places like Adobe Books and Casanova Lounge at 5 p.m. and promenading down the Mission in three distinct stages, the tour enlisted a wide array of stores,Michael Kors edinburgh galleries, coffee shops and bars along Valencia Street.Given the overlapping nature of the event, it would have been nearly impossible to attend every reading. The Chronicle rose to the challenge, though, squeezing into the back of at least 15 locations. It must be admitted that we got behind during Phase One but more than made up for it during Phase Two, and then lagged a bit on Phase Three. What can we say?

The organizers set a brutal pace.We can report that the readings were very well attended. Almost every room was overflowing, the crowds spilling all over the streets as some people listened to authors from the sidewalk. It was striking that in the midst of such chaos, people’s attention was so focused on the authors.Michael Kors edinburgh They were clearly hungry to put faces next to names.The readings and the venues were thoughtfully paired: Good Vibrations sex store hosted the erotic writers, 826 Valencia writing lab had a youth reading, Spanish-language and Brazilian writers at La Casa del Libro.

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