When: Show at 9:15 sharp; doors at 9pm; over by 11pm
Cost: $24 preorder; $20.40 for students
For our annual visit to glorious Calgary, Literary Death Match returns to Wordfest for a YA spectacular at Big Secret Theatre featuring some of the greatest authors you'll ever witness in a competition not-actually-to-the-death! Click to preorder now or see 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: Bill Richardson, author of The Aunts Come Marching, the novel After Hamelin and winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award
Performance: Esta Spalding, award-winning screenwriter and producer for film and television, poet, novelist and children’s author of the Dahl-esque Fitzgerald-Trouts series
Intangibles: Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of It Came in the Mail, Something Extraordinary and Rex Wrecks It
* Alice Kuipers, award-winning, bestselling author of two picture books and four novels including Life on the Refrigerator Door, longlisted for the UK’s Carnegie Medal
* Wesley King, author of the Silver Birch and Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award-winning OCDaniel
* Susan Juby, author of the bestseller Alice, I Think, a Rolling Stone Best Top 40 Novel; the first of her Alice MacLeod trilogy was adapted for TV
* Andrew Larsen, acclaimed author of the Governor General’s Award-shortlisted The Imaginary Garden and the books Dingus and The Man Who Loved Libraries
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.