Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match

Simon Winchester, Joanna Hausmann, Michelle Buteau, Boris Fishman, Daniel José Older, Bridget Minamore, Marcy Dermansky, Adrian Todd Zuniga, and more TBA!

Wednesday · March 8, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:05 pm

$12 adv / $15 dos

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

*Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

Literary Death Match
Literary Death Match

In our noisy return to Brooklyn's Bell House, Literary Death Match continues our run of shows in Protest of the happenings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, with a can't-miss night of literature, comedy and absurdity — all in the hopes of making the world feel marginally sane. Be there! 

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

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Literary Merit: Simon Winchester, NY Times best-selling author of Professor and the Madman, journalist who covered Watergate and Bloody Sunday; awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Performance: Joanna Hausmann, Venezuelan-American comedian, correspondent on Netflix's upcoming Bill Nye Saves The World; named Best Comedian in Hispanicize's 2016 Tecla awards
Intangibles: Michelle Buteau, stand-up comedian (listen to her album Shut Up!) and actress (Key & Peele; Eric Andre Show)

Round 1: 

Boris Fishman, multi-award-winning author of Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo and A Replacement Life
Daniel José Older
, International Latino Book Award-winner for Shadowshaper & NY Times bestselling author of Salsa Nocturna

Round 2: 
Bridget Minamore
, author of Titanic, one of Speaking Volumes' '40 Stars of Black British Literature'
Marcy Dermansky
, award-winning author of critically-acclaimed novels The Red CarBad Marie and Twins


Michelle Buteau
Michelle Buteau
Comedian/host/actor Michelle Buteau has been bringing her skills to the stage and screen for years. You can catch her weekday mornings co-hosting VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey. Her television stand-up appearances include the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Lopez Tonight, Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. In addition to her role as Private Robinson on FOX's critically acclaimed series Enlisted, Michelle is also known as 'The Crazy Girlfriend' on Comedy Central's Key & Peele and Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show.
Daniel José Older
Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues from Penguin's Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a "rising star of the genre" after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

Daniel's band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music and @djolder on twitter.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215