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Brooklyn, Ep. 12

 March 14, 2018 — To serve as a brief break from the horrors of American politics, Literary Death Match returned to The Bell House for a spring spectacular that saw Simeon Marsalis outduel Safiya Sinclair in a wild Arithme-Lit finale, winning Marsalis the LDM Brooklyn crown and literary immortality to go with it.

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

Literary Merit: Krystyna Hutchinson, comedian, co-host of the Guys We Fucked: Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, co-author of the book FUCKED, actor, half of the comedy duo Sorry About Last Night
Performance: Anna Chlumsky, actor featured in Veep, Halt and Catch Fire, In the Loop and My Girl

Aparna Nancherla, comedian (Just Putting It Out There), actor (Bojack Horseman; Corporate) writer (most recently: Late Night with Seth Meyers)

Round 1:
* Safiya Sinclair
, Whiting Award, Metcalf Award in Literature and Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning author of Cannibal

* Kanishk Tharoor, National Magazine Award-nominated author of Swimmer Among the Stars, presenter of BBC Radio's “Museum of Lost Objects"

Round 2:
* Simeon Marsalis
, author of As Lie is to Grin, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
* Alexis Okeowo,
2018 PEN Open Book Award-winning author of A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Hannah Settle & Taylor Anhalt