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Late Night Series: Literary Death Match

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Big Secret Theatre

205 8th Avenue SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9

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A festival favourite, 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. In this year’s version, an eclectic mix of YA & children’s authors perform their most electric passages in seven minutes before a judging panel made up of their peers and cheered on by a boisterous audience. Dubbed “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the Los Angeles Times, the event is co-created and hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Ben Clanton

Ben Clanton is an author and illustrator whose picture books include It Came in the Mail, Something Extraordinary, Rex Wrecks It. A story-scribbler, picture-squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon-tamer (someday) and avid sock-wearer, he lives with his wife and son in Tacoma, Washington.

Susan Juby

Susan Juby has written a number of acclaimed novels for teenagers and adults, including the bestselling Alice, I Think, a Rolling Stone Best Top 40 Novel and the first of her Alice MacLeod trilogy, which was made into a successful television series. Juby lives with her husband and their dog in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Wesley King

Wesley King’s many books include the Silver Birch and Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Award-winning OCDaniel. He has recently come to terms with the fact that his first career choice of Jedi may be impractical. He is now embarking on his second choice: author. He lives in Nova Scotia with his family.

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the award-winning, bestselling author of four previous novels (including Life on the Refrigerator Door, which was longlisted for the UK’s Carnegie Medal), and two picture books. Her work has been published in 29 countries. Born and raised in London, England, she went on a journey at 18 that included stops in Cambodia, the United States, Vietnam, Australia and the Cook Islands. Kuipers now lives in Saskatoon with her partner, the writer Yann Martel, and their four young children.

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson, a winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and former CBC Radio host, has written several highly acclaimed books for children. They include The Aunts Come Marching and the novel After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award. Richardson lives in Vancouver.

Esta Spalding

Esta Spalding is an award-winning screenwriter and producer for film and television, poet, novelist and children’s author. She grew up on a tropical island where she never wore shoes, and has since lived all over the world. When she’s not writing, she kayaks, bakes and assembles whale skeletons with her husband, a marine biologist.

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