Literary Death Match: UFC for the rest of us

By Melanie Yarbrough

Here at TTTR, our ears perk up at the words “literary” or “fiction” (also “cookies” and “dumplings”). So several months ago when I heard about the Literary Death Match going down at the Enormous Room in Cambridge, MA, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

A couple friends and I were at the edges of our bohemian couch-like seats at Literary Death Match’s Episode 3. The authors and – more importantly – their pieces were engaging and funny, sharing both fiction and non-fiction. Host Todd Zuniga, founding editor of Opium Magazine and LDM’s creator, did a great job interacting with the authors, judges, and the crowd.

Why the sudden reminiscence of one balmy night in April? Literary Death Match returns tomorrow, October 19th, to the Enormous Room. Not only that, but our author-crush Steve Almond is one of the guest judges. From LDM’s website:

One of the all-time great lineups in Literary Death Match history takes center stage at Enormous Room in Cambridge, as our epic LDM100 celebration touches down for its fifth stop on the eastern seaboard.

The megastar judging trio boasts PEN/Hemingway award-winning author Jennifer Haigh (Mrs. Kimble, The Condition), author/mastermind of fun Steve Almond (Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life) and comedian-for-the-people Steve Macone.

They’ll pass judgment on a truly brilliant quartet of scribes, including poet brillianteur Charles Coe (author of Picnic on the Moon), Hugo award-winner Kelly Link (Stranger Things Happen), Iowa Short Fiction Prize champ Elizabeth Searle (Celebrities in Disgrace) and star novellaist Tim Horvath (Circulation).

Hosted by LDM creator Todd Zuniga & designer/funambulist Kirsten Sims.

Where: Enormous Room, 569 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (map)
When: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:05 (sharp)
Cost: $7 pre-order, $5 for students with a valid student ID, $10 at the door

NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

Alas, I will not be in attendance, despite being above the age of 21; I will be at my writing group. But give us a shout out if you’re planning to go! We’d love to hear how the night went. And if you love Steve Almond as much as we do, don’t miss your chance to win his recently self-published collection of short fictions and essays, This Won’t Take But A Minute, Honey.

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