Try Something New – Literary Death Match at SA Book Festival

¡Hola Queridos!

In the past few weeks, I find myself frequently offering the advice: Do something you’ve never done before often. In a city like San Antonio, it’s not hard to find new places to go, things to do or events to attend.

Have you ever been to a Literary Death Match? No te precupes. No one actually dies. It’s more like NBC’s The Voice where contestants each sing a song and the judges offer feedback but eliminate contestants until there’s only one winner left standing. At the LDM, the contestants don’t sing songs rather they perform their own writing. The contestants are not singers but writers.

Sound nerdy and fun? And maybe something you’ve never attended before?!

You’re in luck because the Fourth Annual San Antonio Book Festival will wrap up their celebrations of literature with a Literary Death Match, hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga.


Saturday, April 2nd, 7:00 p.m. – Empire Theater, San Antonio, TX

Literary Death Match 2016 - San Antonio Book Festival

The contestants are:

  • Sara Benincasa, comedian and author of the books DC Trip, Great, and Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom
  • Jamie Brickhouse, author of Dangerous When Wet
  • David Crabb, author of Bad Kid: A Memoir, performer, writer, teacher & storyteller in New York City
  • Joaquin Zihuatanejo, author of Fight: Poems

But wait, there’s more!

Part of the fun is listening to the judges feedback for each performer. Feedback tends to be hilarious and off-the-wall according to the LDM official website. Once the three all-star judges have listened to all four of the performances, they choose their two favorite to battle it out for the LDM crown!

It may sound like a circus — and that’s half the point. Literary Death Match is passionate about inspecting new and innovative ways to present text off the page, and the most fascinating part about the LDM is how seriously attentive the audience is during each reading. We’ve called this the great literary ruse: an audacious and inviting title, a harebrained finale, but in-between the judging creates a relationship with the viewer as a judge themselves. (

This year’s judges include:

Literary Merit: Coleen Grissom, author and Trinity University professor
Performance: Zach Anner, comedian and author of If at Birth You Don’t Succeed
Intangibles: Sandra Valls, comic, “The Latin Divas of Comedy”

So, go enjoy the SA Book Festival with your family. You won’t want to miss the author talks, panel discussions, book sales and signings, interactive areas and educational opportunities for children and teens, food trucks, the Festival Marketplace and recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. Then, head over to the Empire Theater to try something new – the Literary Death Match! (No offense if you are already uber cool and this isn’t something new for you.) You can find tickets online at

One lucky reader is going to win a pair of tickets to the live show! Enter below and buena suerte, Queridos!

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