Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match, Fall 2016

"The most entertaining reading series ever" (Los Angeles Times), Literary Death Match features four authors, four all-star judges, two finalists, and one epic finale. Now in 57 cities worldwide, this wild live show has been optioned for TV and returns to the Hammer for its annual spectacular. 

A book signing with the authors and cash bar follows the program.

The Readers

Round 1

Ryka Aoki: poet and author of Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul (2016 Lambda Literary Finalist).
vs.
Nadja Spiegelman: graphic novelist, author of the new memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This.

Round 2

Jon Klassen: American Caldecott and British Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author of This is Not My Hat and the forthcoming We Found a Hat
vs.
Antonio Sacre: performer and author of My Name is Cool: Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller

The Judges

Literary Merit 
Amelia Gray: NYPL Young Lion-winning author of Gutshot and Threats

Performance
Marguerite Moreau: actor and star of Wet Hot American Summer

Intangibles
Armen Weitzman: actor featured on Another Period and Netflix’s Love

Super-Intangibles
Kumail Nanjiani: writer, comedian, actor, podcaster and co-star of HBO’s Silicon Valley

The Host

Adrian Todd Zuniga: creator of Literary Death Match. He just finished reading all seven Harry Potter books in 23 days. He’s a Gryffindor.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, and all Hammer members.

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.