On the eve of St Patrick's Day, LDM comes to the cellar one of the city's finest Irish bars, where the walls echo with the words of Behan, Joyce and Joseph O'Connor. And we're going to make some noise.
In what promises to be a historical literary and humor-laden spectacle, Literary Death Match will (finally!) make Stockholm its newest home with a debut event at The Liffey in Gamle Stan that will make every night before it seem, vaguely, less. Seriously.
The night's fierce foursome of literary combatants — tasked with wowing in seven minutes or less — includes novelist Lina Forss (author of Drama Queens and Agnes Heart Edward), performance poet extraordinaire Marcus Priftis (author of Gå på djupet and En käftsmäll är också beröring), Irish writer/novellist/poet Philip O'Connor (author of A Parish Far From Home — an Irish Sports Book of the Year nominee), and a fourth to be announced shortly!
Hosted by LDM creator Todd Zuniga.
ABOUT LITERARY DEATH MATCH
Literary Death Match, co-created by Todd Zuniga, marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol’s judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare.
Each episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors (all representing a literary publication, press or concern — online, in print or live) who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before a lively audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, 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. We've 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.
Our ultimate goal is to perform the Literary Death Match all over the world, and to continue to showcase literature as a brilliant, unstoppable medium.
Everywhere: Todd Zuniga
NYC: Erin Valerio
San Francisco: Alia Volz
London: Suzanne Azzopardi
Dublin: Brian Martin
Twin Cities: Sarah Moeding
Boston: Kirsten Sims