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.

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Check out the Hammer Museum scenery after the jump!

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

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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

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So many green things everywhere I looked.

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“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.

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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.

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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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