March 18, 2015 — On the cusp of springtime, LDM teamed with The Borough Press to put a bunny-hop in your wintry step at The Phoenix on Cavendish Square, and what a night it was, as Andrea Bennett outlasted Rosie Garland in a back-and-forth battle of Literarary Spelling Bee II to win LDM by a final score of 30-28.
March 7, 2015 — To continue our 9-Year birthday celebration, Literary Death Match returned to the Bay Area for a Saturday nightstravaganza at Elbo Room that came to a glorious, high-wire conclusion with Cassandra Dallett outlasting Casey Childers in Literary Spelling Bee II by a score of 7-6 to win Dallett the LDM SF, Ep. 59 crown.
March 3, 2015 — To celebrate LDM's 9th birthday, Largo's stage was rife with award-winning talent, for a show that boasted the highest of highs, exceedingly high lows, and a down-to-the-wire finish that saw M.G. Lord topple Carson Mell in a sudden death game of Fictionary: Great Adaptations edition, winning Lord the LDM LA, Ep. 36 crown.
February 24, 2015 — To warm up your chilly February, Picador brought their best new releases from their hottest young authors to LDM at Century Club for a knee-quaking gem that saw David Whitehouse topple Molly McGrann in a Literary Booze finale (less inebriating than it sounds) that won Whitehouse the London, Ep. 45 crown.
January 31, 2015 — Literary Death Match returned to Elbo Room for an all-star laden celebration that spun wigs with a rollicking night that finished in sudden-death overtime as Jeff Greenwald outlasted Leo Bryant in a blazing game of Original or Adapted? to win Greenwald the LDM SF, Ep. 58 crown.
January 22, 2014 — Literary Death Match's 2015 debut was a romp for the generations (and the longest show in LDM history!), jam-packed with brilliant readings, comedic absurdity to the infinite degree, and all of it ended with Peter Mehlman outdueling Mary Anna King in overtime in a Original or Adapted finale that won Mehlman the LDM LA, Ep. 35 crown.
For the last four years, I've written a LDM Year in Review. And this year, like last year, I'm writing it way past when it would make sense (mid-January seems like a good cut off). I drag my feet, I realize, because recapping a year — one that featured 50 LDM events around the world — means looking back. And at the beginning of a new year, I want to look forward. Particularly this year, which is the year LDM is trying to make a colossal leap.
December 15, 2014 — In a literary event masquerading as our Xmas party, Literary Death Match pulled out all the stops with a respite from the mindless, booze-fueled holiday shindigs for a mindful, booze-fueled holiday-themed literary and comedic celebration that ended with Isley Lynn blurting out the final answer in a Literary 20 Questions finale to narrowly topple co-finalist Alex Christofi and win Lynn the LDM London, Ep. 44 crown.
December 10, 2014 — Our final US Literary Death Match of 2014 at Largo at the Coronet was a yuletide-riddled affair with so much merriment and levity, wigs literally and literarily spun. In support of NoMore.org, the brilliant night ended with Sarah Colonna outdueling Héctor Tobar in a 20 Questions finale to win Colonna the LDM LA, Ep. 34 crown.
December 5, 2014 — In our final jaunt SF-ward this year, a knockout lineup of charmsters and charmstresses convened for a holiday jolt of levity, literature and sweetness, in a night that ended with Maisha Z. Johnson outdueling Janine Kovac in a down-to-the-wire Literary 20 Questions finale, winning Johnson the LDM SF, Ep. 57 crown.