Textual healing: Grand Central Lit Crawl & Tampa Zine Fest this Saturday

If you are of the word-nerd persuasion, plan to attend one or both page-turning events happening the same evening on opposite sides of the bay.

The Grand Central Lit Crawl showcases narratives read aloud by prominent local scribes, including Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times reporter and author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, who kicks off the tripsy traipse at 4 p.m., followed by Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Institute teacher/author, at the Old Key West Bar and Grill, 2451 Central Ave. From there, mosey to neighboring drinking spots to catch Stephanie Hayes, Lynn Waddell, Julie Garisto, Cathy Salustri, Arielle Stevenson, Bob Andelman and Craig Pittman.

The Tampa Zine Fest, a celebration of zines, independent media and DIY publishing, will present workshops, work stations for creating zines and live music from singer-songrwriter/writer Jeremy Gloff. Free; donations accepted for Tampa Free Skool. 6-9 p.m., Ybor Daily Market, 1920 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Grand Central Lit Crawl is 4-8 p.m.; free admission. 

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