Literary Death Match with Smiley & Hirahara

Apr 4, 2016

GingerGonzaga4At the 2016 Los Angeles Literary Death March, A Thousand Acres author Jane Smiley will be one of four judges and Altadena resident and author Naomi Hirahara will be one of four competitors.

LDM, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, once again teams up with the L. A. Times Festival of Books for a “Festival After Dark” at one of the city’s enduring night spots, Largo at the Coronet.

What is Literary Death Match? Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and are then judged by three all-star judges. Two finalists are chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner. (

Author Jane Smiley

Author Jane Smiley


The judges:
Literary Merit: Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres.
Performance: Ginger Gonzaga (photo, top right), actor/writer from HBO’s Togetherness , Mixology and Legit.
Intangibles: Maria Bamford, comedian, actress, voice actress and star of Netflix’s Lady Dynamite (May 20), and has appeared on Arrested Development.
Super-Intangibles: Thomas Middleditch , improviser, actor, and star of HBO’s Silicon Valley.




Comedian, actor Maria Bamford


Thomas Middleditch

Actor Thomas Middleditch



Artwork by Bruce Eric Kaplan



The readers:
* Bruce Eric Kaplan, author of I Was a Child & Meaniehead, a New Yorker cartoonist, and executive producer of Girls
* Leah Hayes, illustrator, musician (Scary Mansion), and graphic novelist (Not Funny Ha-Ha)
* Assaf Gavron, award-winning Israeli author of Almost Dead, The Hilltop and Croc Attack!
* Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane and the Mas Arai series, including the upcoming Sayanara Slam, release date May 2016, published by Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books.




Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.


2016 Los Angeles Literary Death Match
Friday, April 8, doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8:30 p.m. sharp
The Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L. A. 90048
Tickets: $30, purchase here (event usually sells out)
For complete info, visit




Author Assaf Gavron; photoo by Fana Feng

Author Assaf Gavron; photoo by Fana Feng







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