Literary Death Match

Journalist and historian Raul Guerrero is the author of numerous books,  notably the novels INSOLENCE and La cronista LIBERTINA.  

  His new novella 


Todd Zuniga is one of the creators of Literary Death Match. The concept, in less than 100 of his words: 

Literary Death Match, now in 51 cities worldwide, was called "the most entertaining reading series ever" by the LA Times. The live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary — in the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles — then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in a vaguely literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.

Why create it:

Literature has the capacity to be electric entertainment, and Literary Death Match makes that evident in every way. There's a 7 minute time limit for reading, the judges add a great comedic and off-the-wall element, and the finale leaves everyone in throes.

LDM has been to Miami before?

It's our fifth time in Miami. It'll be our 306th show worldwide. Our 3rd at the Miami Book Fair.

How it differs from a conventional reading?

We make literature spectacle. We involve the audience. We feature brilliant writers who bring out their best because of the competitive environment. We get everyone drinking and celebrating words. It's guaranteed fun. Everyone who comes will have the time of their lives. I guarantee it.



Literary Merit: Daniel Alarcón, author of At Night We Walk in Circles, and a New Yorker 20 Under 40

Performance: Albert "Prodigy" Johnson, half of the seminal hip-hop duo Mobb Deep

Intangibles: Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series


* Kevin Barry, multi-award winning Irish author of City of Bohane and Dark Lies the Island 

* JJ Colagrande, professor and author of Headz

* Lauren Oliver, author of Requiem and NY Times bestseller Before I Fall

* Lucy Knisley, comic artist, musician and author of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Nicole Swift


At Bardot Lounge

6 - 10:00 pm

3456 N Miami Ave.

$10 cash only at the door.



Available at the Miami Book Fair

Downtown Book Center Stand

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