Out and About: Literary Death Match at the Hammer Museum

July 28, 2014

OK, so the title may seem a little intense, but Literary Death Match is one intensely enthralling event, wherein two authors battle head to head by reading a seven-minute excerpt from one of their published works. In the end, the winner of the two heats is decided upon by a random game of skill and/or intelligence. I’ve never seen anything like it.


Check out the Hammer Museum scenery after the jump!


Zita, Sandy and I were lucky to get great seats. The early bird gets the worm, right?


While we waited for the show to start, we grabbed some beverages and sat on a bench in the Hammer Museum’s courtyard, surrounded by trees, natural light and a subtle breeze.


Hey, y’all! Of course I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to have a mini photo shoot while we waited for the event to begin. (Thanks, Z!).


These mustard yellow jeans and marigold scarf make quite the dynamic duo. This may be a lot to handle visually, but it just works, for some reason.


Girls just wanna have fun, and we had an abundance of it that night at the Hammer.


So many green things everywhere I looked.


“I am hoping to see the day.” Me too, pal, me too. This was scrawled across the courtyard with small rocks and pebbles in one of the outdoor installments.


Author Attica Locke’s reading from The Cutting Season was nothing short of captivating. After the Death Match, the writers stuck around signing books and chatting, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a hardcover copy and let Locke know how much her reading affected me. The host and LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga came and sat with us for a bit, which was pretty rad.


Hit the road, Jack. Though we didn’t get the chance to fully experience all that the Hammer had to offer, just catching a glimpse of fun installments like this was enough. Sometime in the near future I have to get back to the museum, which prides itself on being absolutely free. And, boy, do I love free!

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