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February 15 (at Real de Minas)

In our first-ever event of 2019, and our first-ever South of the Border, Literary Death Match is teaming with the wonders at the San Miguel Writers' Conference for a magical event rife with words, wit and wildness. Don't you dare miss it! Click here to see the full star-studded lineup!

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: Susan Orlean, New Yorker staff writer, and author of eight books including The Orchid Thief, The Life and Legend of Rin Tin Tin, and The Library Book

Performance: Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire, Skinny and the New York Times column Going Off, plus she's a seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner who has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour

Intangibles: Joseph Bennett, founder of The Improv People, San Miguel's favorite (and only!) improv theatre troupe

Round 1: 
* Judith Gille, author of the memoir, The View from Casa Chepitos: A Journey Beyond the Border, was awarded Writer’s Digest’s Grand Prize for a Self-Published Book in 2013 and received a Nautilus Award
* Victoria Zackheim, author of The Bone Weaver and editor of six anthologies, including the international bestseller, The Other Woman

Round 2:
* Kent Evans, musician and author of Malas Ondas: Lime, Sand Sex and Salsa in the Land of Conquistadors, a semi-autobiographical novel, and the novel, A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots 
* David Ramsey, contributing editor for the Oxford American and the Arkansas Times whose work has  been anthologized in Best Food Writing, Best Music Writing and Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing

Host: LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga (check out his debut novel Collision Theory today!) 

Where: Hotel Real de Minas, Camino Viejo Al Panteón 1, San Antonio, 33700 San Miguel de Allende (map)
When: 2pm sharp, over by 3:30pm; doors at 1:30pm
Cost: $35 USD (or $650 Mexican pesos), ticket price is included in conference packages