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Literary Death Match: Montreal edition

Posted by Margot / March 11, 2011

Montreal Literary death match Sherwin Tija CBC Radio 3It might not be music news, but we're into the whole range of what's going on in Montreal here at Midnight Poutine, which is why we had to tell you about a great event coming up this weekend. You're not going to want to miss our city's first Literary Death Match, happening this Sunday at Club Lambi.

"Hold up," you might say, "books that attack? The words 'literary' and 'death match' in the same sentence?" You'd better believe it, boy-o. This event will display the work of four local and published authors, performing their work before an audience and panel of judges, and then whittled down until an ultimate champion is declared. Sort of like the Moth, but with zing-worthy commentary between rounds. Literary art with a bite, if you will.

It's hard to sum up the amazingness of the event in words, but the dude who came up with the idea describes it pretty well; Todd Zuniga, editor of Opium Magazine, says that the Literary Death Match "marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, rapier-witted quips of American Idol's judging (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare." Why on earth would you want to miss that?

There's a great line-up of local talent that will be performing on Sunday night:
• Guggenheim and NEA fellow Josip Novakovich (author of April Fool's Day)
• Visual artist and poetic brainiac Alisha Piercy (author of Auricle / Icebreaker)
• Jon Paul Fiorentino (author of Indexical Elegies)
• Maisonneuve's hand-picked poet Melissa Bull (author of Eating Out)

And your panel of judges? No, not Simon Cowell or someone drinking a dubious liquid from a Coca-Cola cup - or even Jenny from the Block, if you've been watching this season. You'll have the privilege of observing the wit and cunning of Arjun Basu (author of Squishy), Alexis O'Hara, and poet/painter/mind wizard Sherwin Tija. Tija is a particular favourite of mine, having come up with the best comic strips this side of Calvin and Hobbes, Pedigree Girls (milk definitely came out of my nose in March 2004 because of this guy). He's also the mastermind behind Slow Dance nights and sing-a-long Karaoke, so I'm sure this panel of judges will have something interesting to say.

The Literary Death Match has been performed in a wide variety of cities, showcasing literature as "a brilliant, unstoppable medium." The Montreal audience is lucky to be next on this roster.

Check out this video to get an idea of what the Literary Death Match looks like. Of course, Club Lambi will play host to your local favourites, so you can expect a certain Montreal flavour to the evening (and no, that flavour isn't gravy. We hope.)

Club Lambi, 4465 St-Laurent
Doors at 7, Show at 8:05 (sharp), afterdrinks after
Cost: $5 preorders; $10 at the door; $20 for a ticket and a LDM T-shirt!

Photo by Tim Faust, from the Literary Death Match website

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