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LA, Ep. 45

After a summer away, Literary Death Match returned to Los Angeles for our annual classic at the Hammer Museum that ended with Literary Spelling Bee III — the longest finale in LDM history — which saw Nadja Spiegelman narrowly topple Antonio Sacre by a single point to win Spiegelman the LDM LA, Ep. 45 crown, and literary immortality to go with it.

Here is the full lineup from the night of:

Literary Merit: Amelia Gray
, NYPL Young Lion-winning author of Gutshot and Threats
Performance: Marguerite Moreau
, actor and star of Wet Hot American Summer
Intangibles: Armen Weitzman, actor featured on Another Period and Netflix's Love
Super-Intangibles: Kumail Nanjiani
, writer, comedian, actor, podcaster and co-star of HBO's Silicon Valley

* Jon Klassen, American Caldecott and British Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author of This is Not My Hat
* Nadja Spiegelman, graphic novelist, author of the new memoir I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This 
* Antonio Sacre
 , performer and author of My Name is Cool: Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller
* Ryka Aoki
, poet and author of Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul (2016 Lambda Literary Finalist)

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Hannah Settle and Sarah Casolaro