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Dubus tosses cupcakes at Literary Death Match

Above: Adrian Todd Zuniga hosted Literary Death Match Friday. Below: Andre Dubus III tosses a cupcake.

KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Above: Adrian Todd Zuniga hosted Literary Death Match Friday. Below: Andre Dubus III tosses a cupcake.

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“Townie” author Andre Dubus III won Friday’s Cambridge installment of Literary Death Match, an ongoing global series that features writers reading their works and playing ridiculous book-themed games in front of not-so-serious judges. As always, Adrian Todd Zuniga was in town to host the event and wore his standard uniform, a Justin Timberlake-worthy suit and tie. The night’s contestants — “Skin, Inc.” poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, National Book Award finalist Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Amelia Gray, and Dubus — performed in front of three judges: Boston’s funny guy Steve Macone, National Book Critics Circle finalist Tony Hoagland, and Parul Sehgal , a New York Times Book Review editor. Dubus won the competition by out-reading Ellis and then beating Bynum in a cupcake-tossing competition that challenged them to hurl baked goods at a poster of writer George Saunders. This round of Literary Death Match was held at the 500-plus capacity Middle East nightclub in Central Square to accommodate the hundreds of extra guests in town for the AWP Conference & Bookfair. The big literary expo took place in Boston over the weekend and drew such
A-list authors as Seamus Heaney, Cheryl Strayed, and Don DeLillo.

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