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Elbo Room: Literary Death Match at Litquake feat Meg Elison and Mac Barnett

October 17, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

In our annual return to the wonder of Litquake, Literary Death Match returns to Elbo Room for a wily, vibrant night of readings, wit-fueled commentary, and a game-show finish. It’s going to be magic. Click here to see the full lineup and guarantee you’ll see it by preordering now!

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

Literary Merit: Vernon Keeve III, Virginia-born writer and California-molded educator, and author of Southern Migrant Mixtape

Performance: Karinda Dobbins, stand-up comedian, who has opened for Hari Kondabolu, Trevor Noah, and toured with W. Kamau Bell

Intangibles: Mac Barnett, two-time Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book author of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn and The Skunk

Round 1:
* K.M. Soehnlein, Lambda Literary Award-winning author, Henfield Prize-winning short story writer of The World of Normal Boys and Robin and Ruby
* Chris Colin, James Beard award-nominated author of This Is Camino and What to Talk About

Round 2:
* Maisha Z. Johnson, award-winning writer, author of the poetry collection, No Parachutes to Carry Me Home and Through Your Own Words: 51 Writing Prompts for Healing and Self-Care
* Meg Elison, Philip K. Dick award-winning author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife and The Book of Etta

Featuring special guest Cleve Jones, labor activist and author of the Lambda Award-winning memoir When We Rise: My Life in the Movement

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga (check out his debut novel Collision Theory today!)
Produced by Matthew DeCoster

Where: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, SF (map)
When: 7:15pm sharp; Doors at 630pm (afterdrinks at 9pm)
Cost: $15 preorder; $20 at the door
Note: This show is 21+.


October 17, 2018
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm


Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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