I saw the Literary Death match, and it was amazing–it’s still ongoing, so check their site for the schedule, and maybe they’re headed near you soon!
The way it works is that there are two rounds, and then a final competition. Two authors read a 7 minute or less excerpt, the judges deliberate, and chose one as a finalist. Then the second set reads, and the finalist from that round competes with the first round’s finalist.
The final round varies–the one I saw was called Lone Star Lit, where the finalist (and their team of two members of the audience a piece) tried to guess the title of a classic book from a one star Amazon review. On a stool in between the teams was a xylophone–each team was given a stick, though they ended up using their hands. The results–and the reviews–were hilarious.
The whole thing, in fact, was pretty funny. The judges’ comments, the host–who had quite a few author related quotes–and even some of the readings were even comedic. What can be better than a bunch of book nerds and writers interacting?
And I got three signed books, too. (The TBR pile grows!)