Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books is feeling good. Their newest author Karen Rizzo is one of the readers at this year’s Los Angeles’ Literary Death Match “competition.”
Rizzo’s debut novel Famous Baby is about a “mommy blogger” who’s 18-year-old daughter—the subject of many (too, too many) blogs—kidnaps her grandmother to save her from the same fate. The novel has been called thought provoking, a smart read, poignant, deft, a “little too close to home,” engrossing, intelligent, funny, quirky, and having heart.
On August 26th, Rizzo will be one of the readers at L.A.’s Literary Death Match held at Largo at the Coronet—our heart just jumped a beat remembering our years as a resident in West Hollywood and the many nights we enjoyed squeezing into Largo to hear music, readings, and drink the evening away with good friends. At the time, it was a very unassuming place on Fairfax Avenue across from Canter’s Deli, nothing to catch one’s eye, which was usually drawn to the window next door with the menorahs, challah covers, and kiddish cups in silver and blue. The room where we listened to soloists and bands was small, seat back to seat back small, slithering sideways to move small. In 2008, owner Mark Flanagan moved Largo to La Cienega, which now has a theater that seats 130.
To cool down your summer simmer, Literary Death Match returns to Largo at the Coronet for a wild adventure of literary delight, comedian miracles, madcap sensation and pretty much the smartest/best-looking crowd in the history of the planet. That sounds can’t-miss, right? It is.
What is Literary Death Match? 4 authors read their own work for 7 minutes or less. They’re judged by 3 all-star judges who respond (often comedically) to the work before choosing 2 finalists to compete in the LDM finale, a vaguely literary game (think Pin the Mustache on Hemingway) to decide the ultimate champion. (LiteraryDeathMatch)
Literary Merit: Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List and advisor for serialized fiction service Plympton
Performance: Daphne Zuniga, actress and star of Spaceballs, Melrose Place and One Tree Hill
Intangibles: Eliza Coupe, actress featured in ABC’s Happy Endings, Scrubs and USA’s upcoming Benched
Super-Intangibles: Thomas Middleditch, actor, comedian, writer and star of HBO’s Silicon Valley
* Jimmy Dore, comedian, host of the Jimmy Dore Show and author of Your Country Is Just Not That Into You
* Beau Sia, actor, poet featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, author of The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time
* Lara Marie Schoenhals, New York Times best-selling author of White Girl Problems series (including Psychos)
* Karen Rizzo, author of Famous Baby and the memoir Things to Bring, S#!T to Do
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
Los Angeles Literary Death Match
Tuesday, Aug. 26th, 8:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.; “afterdrinks” at the Roger Room
Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.
Cost: $30; purchase tickets here
For complete details, visit LiteraryDeathMatch.com
Published by Prospect Park Books (2014)