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October 16 (at Central Library)

O, Canada, we can't quit you! In our annual visit north of the border, Literary Death Match returns to Calgary for the seventh time to take part of the genius of WordFest, and we've got a lineup for the ages. This show always sells out, so get your tickets fast. Click here for the full 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: Anakana Schofield, multi-award-winning author of BINA, Martin John, and Malarky

Performance: Joshua Whitehead, author of full-metal indigiqueer and Jonny Appleseed, and winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016

Intangibles: Alice Kuipers, best-selling author of eight books who has won or been shortlisted for these prizes: the Carnegie Medal, the White Pine Award, the Grand Prix de Viarmes, and the Saskatchewan First Book Award


Round 1: 
* Morgan Baden, co-author of The Hive, a People Magazine Best Book of Fall 2019
* Barry Lyga, New York Times best-selling co-author of The Hive, and author of the I Hunt Killers trilogy

Round 2: 
* Cale Atkinson, illustrator/writer/animator and author of Sir Simon: Super Scarer and Unicorns 101
* Ashley Spires, children's book author and illustrator of Fairy Science and Gordon: Bark to the Future

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga (author of Collision Theory

Where: Central Library (Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall), 800 3 Street SE, Calgary (map)
When: 9pm sharp, until 10:30pm (Doors at 8:30pm)
Cost: $25-$30 (preorder now!)