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Boston, Ep. 12

May 14, 2013 — Following up on our 7-year anniversary celebration, Literary Death Match returned to Club OBERON in Cambridge for an enchanting night of gleeful whimsy that saw Kim Adrian outduel co-finalist Jacquetta Szathmari 9-3 in a Pulitzer Pictionary finale that went down to the wire, winning Adrian the LDM Boston, Ep. 12 championship. 

But before the finale was even a thought, the night kicked as William Walsh (author of Questionstruck and Ampersand, Mass.) opened with a "prayer" (co-read by the audience) that was really The Rifleman's Creed in which he replaced the word "rifle" with "laptops" and "enemies" with "editors," followed by a short story called Stephen King, Stephen King. He was followed by Kim Adrian (winner of the P.E.N. New England Discovery Award), who quietly read a lovely, original piece about a grouchy, pickle-shaped dog named Inky, and his decline towards death.

The mic was then passed to the trio of judges: Karyn Polewaczyk (DigBoston columnist), Jeannie Greeley (freelance writer and former Stuff Boston's sex columnist) and Alingon Mitra (comedian and former Harvard Lampoon writer). The trio exchanged hilarities, along with downing a tequila shot each, then made the tough decision of annointing Adrian the night's first round finalist. 

Then came Round 2, led off by Bryan Sobolewski, who read a pair of excerpts from his memoir Family Jewels, about real-life jewelry store robberies around Boston. Finally, it was comedian/podcaster Jacquetta Szathmari (Hey You Know It) who talked about how buying a 25-cent book (The Preppy Handbook) changed her life. 

Again the judges cracked intelligent wise before delivering another impossible verdict — while music by DJ John-Paul sifted from the OBERON heavens — as they named Szathmari the night's second finalist. 

Then up stepped LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga, who praised producer Kirsten Sims before announcing the night's Pulitzer Pictionary finale that saw audience members draw out the titles of Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. With Adrian leading by a score of 4-3, and 5 points on the line, it was Team Kim Adrian that stepped up first, as Adrian announced the final title (The Color Purple) winning her the Literary Death Match crown, and literary immortality to go with it. 

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