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San Antonio Book Festival’s Literary Death Match

WHERE: The Charline McCombs Empire Theater (226 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205). 
Event description: Top writers are scheduled to duke it during the debut of San Antonio’s Literary Death Match (LDM), an event crowned by the Los Angeles Times as the “most entertaining reading series ever.” The show, the final session of the 2nd annual San Antonio Book Festival, a program of the San Antonio Library Foundation, takes place April 5 at The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre at 6:30p.m. Literary Death Match showcases four authors performing their most outstanding writing in seven minutes or less before an engaged audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — decide who gets to advance to the finals. Hosting the show will be the talented LDM co-creator, Adrian Todd Zuniga, who has gained global buzz for LDM by taking the show New York, Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

The LDM judges are: for Literary Merit, Jake Silverstein, editor of Texas Monthly; for Performance, María Cristina Marrero, editor-in-chief of Siempre Mujer and for Intangibles, Molly Cox, chief of engagement for San Antonio’s SA2020 and 2013 Emcee for TEDxSanAntonio.

The authors for San Antonio’s Death Match are: Austinite Owen Egerton, author of How Best to Avoid Dying: Stories and the novels Everyone Says That at the End of the World and The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Bros. Television; a former Literary Death match presenter, Roxana Robinson is the author of Sparta: A Novel. Her work has been recognized as a National Book Critics Circle Recommended Reads, The New York Times Editors' Choice, and The Washington Post Five Best Fiction Books of the Year. The performance artist and writer from Los Angeles, Antonio Sacre is the author of My Name Is Cool: Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller and a former Death Match champion. Author of Pueblo Fronterizo No. 2: Guerra de Quinceañeras and Border Town #4: No Second Chances, Malín Alegría is also a former teacher, an Aztec dancer and performer from California. 

With a special thanks to Las Casas Foundation, the ticketed program begins at 6:30 p.m. A reception with Festival authors is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.and it includes cocktails, appetizers and live music by Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath. This locally based band describes themselves as “a combination of ragtime blues, New Orleans-flavored rock and roll, and music of the 1930s and 1940s with some honky tonk thrown in.” Individual tickets for the LDM program are $10 and include a cash bar while the reception tickets with table seating on the orchestra level are $50.

Phone: 210-225-4728

Earlier Event: April 5
The San Antonio Book Festival