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Literary Death Match

With Def Poetry Jam, Double Dare and American Idol among its seemingly disparate influences, Literary Death Match is designed to “showcase literature as a brilliant, unstoppable medium.” Co-created by Adrian Todd Zuniga, the “brainy battle of literary wits” takes shape in four short author presentations followed by animated commentary from a panel of judges and a final showdown between two finalists. Functioning as the “celebratory conclusion” of the San Antonio Book Festival’s fourth chapter, LDM brings together authors Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom), Jamie Brickhouse (Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother), Joaquin Zihuatanejo (Fight: Poems) and David Crabb (Bad Kid: A Memoir) for high-stakes readings to be judged by author/Trinity professor Coleen Grissom, comic/author Zach Anner and “celesbian” performer Sandra Valls in the respective categories of “Literary Merit,” “Performance” and “Intangibles.” Hosted by Zuniga himself, the friendly bout kicks off with live music by “cosmic American” outfit National Standard (comprised of “school teachers by day, raucous musicians by night”) and tempts boozy bookworms with upgrades such as orchestra-level seating and a reception (5:30pm) featuring cocktails from The Last Word and appetizers from The Old Main Association.

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