Lit. Books, Booze & Beats... Monthly. (Chap. 2: "Pleasure")

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Lit. Books, Booze & Beats... Monthly. (Chap. 2: "Pleasure")

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What is Lit? Lit is a monthly event held on the last Thursday of every month. It is a collective of people who enjoy literature, music and beverage, and who share their enjoyment with others. It is a social gathering that welcomes anyone who loves the written expression of free thought, meaning it invites all and excludes none. It is not confined to existing perception of modern book clubs--it is evolved exchange of passionate search of knowledge, information, concepts and ideas. There will be no panel, no prolonged speeches or TED-style dissertations on literature, and no censorship. There will be no pretentious guidance on what to think or what to take away from Lit. There will be minimal moderation of the event without favor or judgment. There will be a good time. Is Lit Free? Yes, Lit is free. We do ask that you bring a book that you’re willing to donate; we’re starting a club library and collecting books to give to charitable causes. Please support! Are We Drinking at Lit? Yes, if you drink. You don’t have to drink, and you certainly aren’t encouraged to get intoxicated during Lit. You are welcome to responsibly enjoy beer, wine and spirits in the company of people who will likely enjoy conversing, and probably drinking, with you. Will There Be People Reading Books at Lit? Yes. The format of the event is as follows: People arrive, drink and chat for the first half hour. At 8:30pm, people will read excerpts from their favorite books. What Kind of Books Will People Read at Lit? The decision of what genre, style or type of book will be read to the crowd is solely up to the person reading the book. We do however encourage a monthly theme, although the reader’s choice can be entirely interpreted by their understanding of that theme, be it “Survival,” “Escape,” “Success,” or “Love.” If a reader decides to read something that does not match the theme they are still highly encouraged to take part in reading during the event. Can I Select and Read Any Book I Choose at Lit? Yes. While the organizers of Lit hope to stay as close to pre-determined monthly themes as possible, we welcome every idea of books that should be shared with attendees. We will not censor you. Sign up to read at In the interest of time, only 12 readers per month can be guaranteed to read/present books to the crowd. Everyone that signs up after the first 12 are confirmed will be listed on the waitlist, and will be able to read as long as time permits. How Much Time Will I Have to Read My Book? Everyone who presents and reads a book at Lit will have three (3) minutes on the microphone. We ask that all readers respect at five (5) minute maximum. After this, you will hear a signal to wrap up your reading in the next 30 seconds. This way everyone gets time to read, and it doesn’t get weird. Will There Be Music at Lit? Hell Yes. There will be music the whole time. Great, curated music that matches the theme of the month. In other words, for “Survival," which was the theme of the first Lit event in January 2015, guests heard songs like “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep, "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees, "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, and others. They did not hear a survival-themed song by Destiny’s Child. Instrumental grooves will play at lowered volume as each of the 12 presenting readers deliver their excerpts to the crowd, only as background. The literature is the star of the show, but the beats will play a definite role in the event. How Long Does Lit Last? Lit is just over two hours long. The event begins at 8pm, and the last presenting reader finishes by 10 p.m. It is essential to arrive no later than 8:30 if guests wish to be present when live reading begins. How Can I Stay Engaged With Lit And People Who Attend? RSVP: Twitter & Instagram: @LitAtlanta (hashtag: #LitAtlanta)
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