Literary Death Match: Marshmallows, Comedy — and, Oh Yeah, Literature

Friday proved once again why Literary Death Match is San Francisco's premier literary series for people who don't like to read.

“Episode 36,” like all Death Matches, featured host Alia Volz, and a guest co-host — in this case the extraordinarily funny Will Franken. As contestants it featured four moderately well known authors (Jennifer Solow, Geoff Bouvier, John Scott, and Monica Nolan). As judges it featured three moderately well known authors (Oscar Villalon, April Sinclair, and Sam Barry). It brought a large and very boozy crowd into the Elbo Room.

Put it all together and you get a two-hour show with 28 minutes of reading — some of which was done through mouths of sugary confections.

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