3 Ways to Experience SunLit Festival

    By Jodi Mailander Farrell

    Thirteen literary events over nine days showcase St. Petersburg’s literary heritage for the SunLit Festival, organized by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance March 7-15 at locations around the city.

    Here are three of those events you won’t want to miss:

    •  SunLit Pub Crawl is a moveable feast on March 11 that weaves the work of four dead writers – Rawlings, Hurston, Kerouac and Hemingway – as seven local writers share their pursuit of happiness, self-expression and mad adventure at an avant garde coffee shop, an authentic Cuban restaurant and a favorite local micro brewery. Beginning at an uptown wine bar with literary vintages, the crawl features drink specials at each venue. 

    • The 34th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair March 13-15 will feature rare and unusual books, as well as reading copies, antiquarian maps and prints, vintage photographs, ephemera, historical autographs, and related materials at St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. North. More than 100 antiquarian book dealers from across the country gather each year for the three-day event. This year’s theme: “Modern Literature: The truth and beauty of fiction.”

    • Jack Kerouac Night at the Flamingo Bar on March 14 is a celebration of the man’s life, times and art at the bar where he had his last drink, The Flamingo Bar, 1230 9th St. North. The Brad Morewood beat poets are usually there and they read their work backed by a skilled improvisational jazz band led by Russian symphony conductor JohnTeryl Plumeri and jazzy guitarist Kelly Green. Between the poets are musicians, including Ronny Elliott, Eric Andersen, Phil Lee, Tom Scudiero, the Florida Boys and more.  

    More info: http://sunlitfestival.org/