This week, nomadic reading series Literary Death Match is returning to the Twin Cities to bring some spunk to the local lit scene. The event pits writer against writer in a battle for literary bragging rights.
In each corner of the metaphorical ring is a formidable literary talent raring to go. Pete Hautman won the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for his works Godless
and The Big Crunch
. Stephanie Wilbur Ash, of MPR's Electric Arc Radio
fame, has written for many national publications and companies. Juliet Patterson, author of The Truant Lover
and the forthcoming Threnody
, has won numerous prizes and fellowships for her work. Accomplished photographer Jeffrey Skemp released his debut poetry and music album, Spent
, last year.
Deciding the readers' fates, judges include celebrated author and professor Marlon James, Lutefisk Sushi podcast host and prolific cartoonist Danno Konowski, as well as sci-fi writer, professor, and former journalist Dennis Cass.
Critically-acclaimed novelist James will lend his sharp wit to the evening's festivities as a
judge. We chatted with the Jamaican author of The Book of Night Women
and Jim Crow's
about his upcoming gig at this week's Literary Death Match.