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Literary Death Match returns to city
By Yao Minji

Literary Death Match returns today after its Shanghai debut in 2011. The popular, fun and hilarious reading series has expanded to 49 cities since it was established in 2006 in New York City. It is often held in bars, clubs and theaters, and in Shanghai it is going to take the stage at Glamour Bar.

Four authors will “fight” by reading excerpts from their most electric writing in seven minutes or less in front of the crowd. Each of three judges will score the authors on one of the following: literary merit, performance or intangibles.

Match organizers are passionate about “new and innovative ways” to present writing beyond the page, as described on the match’s website. The literary bloodshed has attracted dozens of authors and thousands of audience members around the world.

“Following the release of ‘Unsavory Elements,’ the book and I both have been subjected to vitriol, by and large from haters who haven’t even read it. So I’ll be showing up with both guns blazing. It’s going to be bloody good fun!” says Tom Carter, editor of the anthology.

Carter adds that he is eager to face off in person against his book’s critics. The new anthology about expatriates in China, written by 28 such expats, was published earlier this year and has stirred up some controversy since.

Carter will be up against poet, writer, translator and traveler Shelly Bryant; writer and dreamer Jenn Chan Lyman, and writer and blogger Diana Yin.

Lyman, formerly in corporate finance, and Yin, who came from management consulting, both woke up to their writer’s calls in recent years and have been working on writing projects in Shanghai.

In March 2011, during the annual Shanghai International Literary Festival, Lyman was shot down by murder thriller writer SJ Rozan in a very close match.

Bryant, who has published four volumes of poetry and two travel guides to Suzhou and Shanghai, is now working on a book on Chinese gardens.

One of the judges for Tuesday’s event, John Leary, a champion of the Literary Death Match in Beijing, also was a judge for the 2011 Shanghai match. He will evaluate the authors on intangibles.

Date: September 10, 7:15pm
Address: Glamour Bar, 20 Guangdong Rd
Admission: 75 yuan (including one drink)
Tel: 6350-9988 (reservations required)

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