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Chris Abani in Literary Death Match at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

  • Theatre at Ace Hotel 929 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015 (map)

On Friday April 1, Chris Abani, author of The Face: Cartography of the Void, will join Susan Orlean, Danez Smith, and Lena Waithe in Literary Death Match's ten-year-anniversary event in Los Angeles.

In what will stand as the greatest night in Literary Death Match's storied ten-year history, we're aiming to blow the doors off with our AWP Super-Spectacular at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on none other than April Fool's Day. Co-presented by the Otherppl podcast and Painted Bride Quarterly, this gorgeous theatre, and this brilliant night, deserves a sell-out. Preorder now!

What is Literary Death Match? Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.

Literary Merit: TBA
Performance: Lena Waithe, actor (Master of None), writer (Bones), producer (Dear White People)
Intangibles: TBA
Super-Intangibles: TBA

Amber Tamblyn, actress (127 Hours; Inside Amy Schumer); author of Dark Sparkler
Danez Smith, award-winning poet, author of [insert] boy, featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
* Susan Orlean, New Yorker staff writer and author of The Orchid ThiefRin Tin Tin, and Saturday Night
Chris Abani, award-winning poet and novelist (The Secret History of Las Vegas), TED Talks vet, recipient of PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award and the California Book Award and PEN Hemingway Book Prize

INTERVIEW: A seven-minute interlude by Otherppl's Brad Listi with So Sad Today's Melissa Broder
MUSICAL GUEST Lucinda Belle, harpist & Oscar long-listed singer from the forthcoming Think Big : Like Me
VIDEO: the first-ever screening of our new web show LDM Book Report

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Hannah Settle

When: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00pm; doors at 7pm; attendees-only afterparty at the rooftop bar

Where: Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Cost: $20 and $30. Reserve tickets here.