Literary Death Match kicked off our 2016 at Largo at the Coronet on an exceptionally high note in what will go down as an instant classic. The wild, pitch-perfect night finished with Shihan Van Clief outdueling Carmiel Banasky in a wily Literary Charades finale to win Van Clief the LDM LA, Ep. 40 crown.
Last year, our Year in Review took a turn — instead of focusing on the past year, it focused on the year ahead. And while 2015 was riddled with highlights (which we’ll open with), it's way more exciting to me to talk about our future. And we’ve got big ideas, and bigger plans, and I’m going to spill some of the beans here and now.
December 4, 2015 — In our final show of 2015, Literary Death Match headed to beautiful Bucharest, teaming with the geniuses at the Festivalul Internaţional de Literatură Bucureşti for our Romanian debut. The packed crowd at Clubul Ţăranului in the National Museum witnessed an instant classic as Tara Skurtu narrowly outdueled Răzvan Țupa in Literary Spelling Bee III finale win Skurtu the LDM Bucharest, Ep. 1 crown.
November 20, 2015 — In our annual Magic City amazement, Literary Death Match returned to the Miami Book Fair International for an author party spectacular that featured a crazy amount of literary talent, on a wild night that finished with Colin Channer upending Sara Benincasa in a winner-take-all Literary Spelling Bee III finale that won Channer the LDM Miami, Ep. 7 crown.
November 14, 2015 — For our Bluegrass State debut, Literary Death Match teamed with the bright minds at Louisville Literary Arts for their Writer's Block Festival to put together a wild and wily night at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar that ended with Hannah Pittard outdueling Gabe Tomlin in a Lone Star Lit finale to win her the LDM Louisville, Ep. 1 crown.
November 5, 2015 — In what we hope to make an annual spectacular, Literary Death Match headed to St. James Studio for our "Best of Edinburgh Fringe" showcase featuring some of the most talented performers on the planet that finished with Viv Groskop outdueling Sarah Morgan in Literary Spelling Bee III, winning Groskop the LDM London, Ep. 54 crown.
October 27, 2015 — After too many moons away from LA, Literary Death Match returned home to Largo to team with HBO's The Leftovers for an electric night that ended with Eliot Laurence outdueling Tracy McMillan in a crazy-close game of Literary Spelling Bee III to win Laurence the LDM LA, Ep. 39 crown.
October 22, 2015 — For our annual drop-in at Quinnipiac University, a brilliant early-evening of lit, comedy and wit transpired — in celebration of Quinnipiac's literary magazine Montage — that saw Clare E. Michalek outduel co-finalist Alan Johnson by the narrowest of scores to win her the LDM Quinnipiac, Ep. 4 crown.
October 17, 2015 — In a clear show that the world is a brilliant place, we headed back to the Texas Book Festival for a Lit Crawl Austin event where literary fireworks were at a maximum, as Kirk Lynn outdueled Gwendolyn Zepeda in a lightning-quick Lone Star Lit finale that Lynn won in sudden death, to win him the LDM Austin, Ep. 10 crown.
October 15, 2015 — In what's become an annual tradition, Literary Death Match once again teamed with Wordfest for an all-out literary and comedic extravaganza at the Royal Canadian Legion #1. The wild evening finished with Anakana Schofield narrowly outdueling Jeff Vandermeer in a Literary Spelling Bee III finale by a single letter, winning Schofield the LDM Calgary, Ep. 3 crown.