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Calgary, Ep. 5

October 12, 2017 — For our annual visit to glorious Calgary, Literary Death Match returned to Wordfest for a YA spectacular at Big Secret Theatre that was pure delight from end-to-end, finishing with Alice Kuipers, narrowly outdueling Susan Juby in an extraordinary double-finale (Visual Literary Riddles + American Psycho or American President?) to win Kuipers the LDM Calgary, Ep. 5 crown, and literary immortality to go with it.

Here's the full lineup from the night:

Literary Merit: Bill Richardson, author of The Aunts Come Marching, the novel After Hamelin and winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award
Performance: Esta Spalding
, award-winning screenwriter and producer for film and television, poet, novelist and children’s author of the Dahl-esque Fitzgerald-Trouts series
Intangibles: Ben Clanton
, author and illustrator of It Came in the MailSomething Extraordinary and Rex Wrecks It

Round 1:
Alice Kuipers
, award-winning, bestselling author of two picture books and four novels including Life on the Refrigerator Door, longlisted for the UK’s Carnegie Medal
* Wesley King, author of the Silver Birch and Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award-winning OCDaniel

Round 2:
* Susan Juby
, author of the bestseller Alice, I Think, a Rolling Stone Best Top 40 Novel; the first of her Alice MacLeod trilogy was adapted for TV
* Andrew Larsen
, acclaimed author of the Governor General’s Award-shortlisted The Imaginary Garden and the books Dingus and The Man Who Loved Libraries

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga