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Opium magazine's Literary Death Match
09 Jan 2009 7:00 pm
09 Jan 2009 10:00 pm

The Literary Death Match line-up: Veronica Chater (representing Memoir (and)), Jaynel Attolini (Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak by Writers Famous and Obscure), Rodes Fishburne (The Rumpus), and Katie Crouch (Tin House). These readers will do their verbal pyrotechnics for ten minutes or less, then three guest star judges--comedy queen Melanie Case, and editorial gurus Andrew Leland (The Believer) and James Hass (The Farallon Review)--will affectionately discuss their favorites based on three categories: literary merit, performance and intangibles. In the finale, the two finalists will compete in a Death Match Challenge to decide the ultimate winner.

Veronica Chater, one of the authors featured in our upcoming Spring+Summer issue (look for it on the stands in mid-February) will be reading from her dog-gone good piece, Flea Spit. If she survives the first round (and she might do so with your encouragement), she will treat you to a passage from her soon-to-be-released memoir, Waiting for the Apocalypse (coming in February in hardback from Norton).

When: Friday, January 9, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)

Where: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. (between 17th St. and 18th St.) in San Francisco.

Cost: $5

Come cheer on your favorite contender, have a beverage and make merry alongside your fellow Bay Area word nerds.

Hope to see you there!

Memoir (and)

"When you can't decide between American Pastoral and American Gladiators, between Henry James and Henry Rollins, and between a reading and a beating, Literary Death Match is a kickass All Of The Above."
--Daniel Handler, author of Adverbs

Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St.
San Francisco