Literary Death Match kicked off its 2011 season here in Boston, well, Cambridge, at the Enormous Room in Central Square. The crowd in attendance was easily double that of last time, when Literary Death Match was in Boston in October 2010. The energy was high was the four writers battled for the LDM medal in front of three judges.
The writers — Heidi Pitlor, series editor for Best American Short Stories; PEN Discovery Award-winner Eugenio Volpe; 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize winner Myfanwy Collins; and humor mastermind Christopher Monks (of The Ultimate Game Guide to Your Life) — had seven minutes or less to read from one of their own works.
Judging them were Grub Street Artistic Director Chris Castellani; singer of The Broken Singles, Sarah Borges; and comedian Mehran Khaghani. They ultimately chose Eugenio Volpe and Heidi Pitlor as the winners, and they had to see who got the most points in a crowd-participating Memory Game with photos of Massachusetts authors. Eugenio Volpe and his partner from the audience blazed away with the most points.
View the slideshow of about 20 photos below. More photos will be added later.
Update, Thursday, Jan. 27: View the slideshow of 85 photos of the event below.
(To view captions: After clicking to play, click the Full Screen button at bottom right. Then click on Show Info at top right.)
Update, Tuesday, Feb. 1: LDM has uploaded a video of Eugenio Volpe on Vimeo. See it below.
En route to LDM victory, Eugenio Volpe stormed the Enormous Room stage at LDM Boston’s fifth-ever episode with a high-energy, genius-paced story about his sloppily intimate encounter with his older-than-he babysitter.
(The audio isn’t perfect in the video; you can read how Mr. Mouth caught a Wade Boggs dribbler at Volpe’s blog.)