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SF, Ep. 20

August 14, 2009—The Battle of the Independent Bookstores was, indeed, a battle for the ages.  Episode 20 kicked off with two handsome readers: Jade Brooks (City Lights), who “out-booted” co-host Alana Conner with a pair of mighty tough hiking boots and Derek Powazek (The Booksmith).   Powazek took the stage first and left the audience somewhere between laughter and tears with a tale of a sexy tour guide in the Warsaw Ghetto.  Brooks was equally dazzling with prose poetry that Performance Judge Andrew Lam likened to a beautiful painting.  A tough call but beautiful Literary Merit Judge Beth Spotswood announced that Derek would advance to second round.

Alvin Orloff (Dog Eared Books) told a quirky charming San Francisco tale of an unlikely hero and Paul Neilan (Green Apple Books) daringly went over the time limit with a story about shit (literally).  Intangibles Judge Scott Sigler (Borderland Books) guesstured that Neilan’s time breach was due to the frequent laughter interruptions and the judges voted him on to the final round.  

The judges deep in decision-making. (From left: Beth Spotswood, Andrew Lam, Scott Sigler)
Powazek and Neilan faced off for a Name That High School Movie quiz, both failing to guess quotes from The Breakfast Club and Mean Girls (even with co-host Sky Hornig’s hint for the latter: ‘Tina Fey’.)  But Neilan picked up points for guessing Pretty in Pink, The Heathers and the classic Ferris Bueller tip of “clammy hands.”  LDM Creator Todd Zuniga jumped on stage to congratulate Neilan and award him San Francisco’s 20th Literary Death Match championship.

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Reader Comments (3)

A mundane glimpse at the porny fantasy and obligatory guilt of an adolescent 28 year old


A precise and intricate invitation into the explosive compulsion and momentum of desire.
Retrieving luminous treasure from murky childhood waters.

In the literary death match, the corpse was declared the winner, and Jade walked away unscathed.

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTK Cao

I am grateful for events like this. Alvin has a big future and a public ease. SF has much more intriguing authors, so here's hoping our writers will continue to get a stage iin SF

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