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May102013

Portland (ME), Ep. 2

May 10, 2013 — In a wonderful showcase of all things Maine/awesome, Literary Death Match stormed the Space Gallery to present an electric night — presented by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance — that saw Lewis Robinson come from way behind to out-guess Susan Conley in a Pulitzer Prize Pictionary finale, winning Robinson the LDM Portland (ME), Ep. 2 crown. 

But before the wild finale commenced, the night kicked off with the dazzling Susan Conley (author of The Foremost Good Fortunean Oprah Magazine Top 10 Read) who read a crowd-adoring essay about falling out of young love. Next up was Ron Currie Jr. (author of Everything Matters) who read an electric excerpt from Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles about how he took his dying father to see a bad Disney film starring Duane "The Rock" Johnson. 

The mic was then handed over to the night's trio of all-star judges: Pope Brock (author of Indiana Gothic and Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam), Maine songstress Emilia Dahlin, and stand-up comedian and award-winning writer/director Tim Ferrell. The three reeled off non-stop witticisms that had the sold-out crowd in throes before finally huddling and deciding it would be Conley that advanced as the night's first finalist. 

After a booze-fueled intermission, Round 2 kicked off with Lewis Robinson (author of Officer Friendly and Water Dogs) reading a scary-hilarious piece about being lured into a cult, followed by Cathy Kidman (comedian and writer) who told heart-aching, real-life story of refusing to take a pregnancy test before having a hysterectomy. 

Again the judges were center stage, with praise and whimsy being flung in equal measure, before finally deciding that it would be Robinson who would advance as the night's first finalist. 

Then up stepped LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga, announced that the night's finale would be Pulitzer Pictionary, in which audience members were tasked with drawing out the titles of Pulitzer Prize-winning novels. With Conley in the lead with only one round to go, it was Lewis Robinson who shouted out The Color Purple first, winning him the Literary Death Match crown, and literary immortality to go with it. 

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