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Literary Death Match 

When: Sat., Aug. 16, 6:30-9 p.m. 2014
Price: $7-$10
Literary Death Match has created a fine line between literary showcase and absurd spectacle. Four authors get up to seven minutes each to read whatever they want, in two rounds of one-on-one bouts; three judges discuss each round and decide on the winners (based on literary merit, intangibles, and performance), who then compete in some form of semi-literary activity (i.e. racing across the stage with a copy of Atlas Shrugged on their heads). The international phenomenon returns to San Francisco, where it used to host monthly shows, for only the second time this year, with readings by Carolina De Robertis (Perla and The Invisible Mountain), Berkeley Slam champion Joshua Merchant, co-founder of the new Anthology reading series Amrit Chima (Darshan), and Schaffer Fellow Earle McCartney. Judges are Sarah Marie Griff, Kurt Bodden, and Jules Posner. Creator Adrian Todd Zuniga says he can’t divulge more just yet, but there are big things in the works; Literary Death Match recently signed a TV option in the U.K. “We’re still working as hard as we can to try to bring books to more than Kindle and iPad screens,” he says. “I miss being in San Francisco. I’ve always called it our spiritual home (NYC being our birth place), so coming back always feels good to me.”
— Evan Karp


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