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Saturday, October 13 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Literary Death Match

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Called "the most entertaining reading series ever" by the LA Times, Literary Death Match brings together three judges and four readers for a night of competition, literature, and fun. The judges tonight are literary critic Bethanne Patrick, last launch director for the Kennedy Space Center Michael D. Leinbach, and graphic novelist Laura Lee Gullege. The readers who are competing for the top prize are novelist Benjamin Percy, Washington Post columnist Alexandria Petri, novelist Joseph Cassara, and performance poet Angelique Palmer. This action-packed evening is hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga

Authors
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Joseph Cassara

Joseph Cassara was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was a 2016-17 writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The House of Impossible Beauties (Ecco, 2018) is his debut novel... Read More →
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Laura Lee Gulledge

Laura Lee Gulledge is a Charlottesville based artist, author, and educator. Her new interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist invites you to try out her favorite drawing activities. (Abrams Noterie) Her debut YA graphic novel Page by Paige was nominated... Read More →
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Michael D. Leinbach

Michael D. Leinbach was the last launch director in the space shuttle program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, responsible for overall shuttle launch countdown activities until the end of the program in 2011. In November 2004, Leinbach was awarded the prestigious Presidential... Read More →
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Angelique Palmer

Angelique Palmer is a competitive performance poet, a finalist in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of The Beltway Poetry Slam Team in 2017 representing Washington DC at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado.  The Creative Writing graduate from Florida State... Read More →
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Bethanne Patrick

Bethanne Patrick is the editor of The Books that Changed My Life:  Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People. Photo Credit: Three Irish Girls Photography
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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) -- as well as two books of short stories. His book of craft essays -- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction -- is widely taught in creative writing classes.  He currently writes... Read More →
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Alexandra Petri

Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist.  In 2010 she became the youngest person to have a column in The Washington Post; she also runs the ComPost blog on the paper's website, on which she formerly worked with Dana Milbank. She was recognized in the 30 Under... Read More →
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Adrian Todd Zuniga

Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match (now featured in over 60 cities worldwide). He hosts LDM Book Report on YouTube, and is the co-writer of Madden NFL 18’s interactive movie Longshot (EA Sports), which earned a nomination for a Writers Guild of America... Read More →