Literary Death Match
Literary Death Match, is celebrating it’s 10th year in 2016 and we’re psyched to welcome LDM back to SPACE to celebrate. Now in 50 cities worldwide, LDM was called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the LA Times. The live show hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary — in the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles — then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for an absurd and comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.
It may sound like a circus — and that’s half the point. Literary Death Match is passionate about inspecting new and innovative ways to present text off the page, and the most fascinating part about the LDM is how seriously attentive the audience is during each reading. It’s been called this the great literary ruse: an audacious and inviting title, a harebrained finale, but in-between the judging creates a relationship with the viewer as a judge themselves. Here’s our line up this time around:
Literary Merit: Brock Clarke, award-winning, best-selling author of Exley, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England and The Happiest People in the World
Performance: Desi Van Til, screenwriter and producer of the film Tumbledown
Intangibles: Steven Brykman, writer and former managing editor of National Lampoon
* Ron Currie, Jr., author of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles, Everything Matters! and soon: The One-Eyed Man
* G.A. Morgan, author of The Fog of Forgetting and Chantarelle
* David Valdes Greenwood, playwright and author of The Rhinestone Sisterhood and Homo-Domesticus
* one more TBA!
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
Where: Space Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland, ME (map)
When: show at 7:30pm sharp, doors at 7pm (afterdrinks after!)
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 day of show