If Words Could Kill

Many of us bookworms missed out on the whole competitive sports thing. Reading and writing are pretty solitary endeavors. It’s not like you can arrange a fight to the death over character development. All of that stuff is subjective. Right? The folks at Literary Death Match don’t think so. During their shows, now in 57 cities worldwide, four authors read from their works for about seven minutes, then three judges offer hilarious commentary and two finalists duke it out in a “vaguely literary game to decide the ultimate winner.” Literary Death Match is teaming up with local publishing house Deep Vellum to bring their literary high jinks to Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Up for the title are local authors Merritt Tierce, Joaquin Zihuatanejo, J. Suzanne Frank and Will Clarke. They’ll be judged on literary merit, performance and “intangibles” by author Ben Fountain, D Magazine Editor Tim Rogers and the Observer’s very own Alice Laussade. Literary Death Match also promises that “a bunch of really attractive lit-nerds” will be in the audience, so that’s another good reason to pre-order your ticket for $8 at texastheatre.com; tickets will be $10 at the door.
Thu., April 9, 7:30 p.m., 2015
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Caroline Pritchard studied English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and in 2012 returned to her hometown of Dallas, where she spends her free time seeking out new places to roller skate and play pinball.
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