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Brattleboro, Ep. 5

October 14, 2016 — Literary Death Match returned to Vermont — once again teaming with the Brattleboro Literary Festival for the 5th year in a row — in a brilliant affair that saw Porochista Khakpour topple Mia Alvar in a hard-fought Quiz of Death that won Khakpour the LDM Brattleboro, Ep. 5 crown, and literary immortality to go with it.

Here's the full lineup from the night:

Literary Merit:
Rebecca Makkai, award-winning author of Music for Wartime who has appeared four times Best American Short Stories
Performance: Dani Shapiro
, best-selling author of the memoirs Devotion, Slow Motion and Still Writing
Intangibles: Kate Bolick, contributing editor to The Atlantic and bestselling author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (a New York Times Notable Book of 2015)

Round 1:

* Porochista Khakpour, award-winning author of The Last Illusion and Sons and Other Flammable Objects
Peter Zilahy, award-winning author of The Last Window Giraffe
Round 2:
* Sunil Yapa,
Asian American Short Story Contest-winning author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
* Mia Alvar,
author of In the Country, a winner of the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Cynthia Larsen.