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Ali Eteraz will be fighting to the death (fortunately not a literal one) on December 5th

Ali EterazThis Friday, 4 authors will be participating in the San Francisco Literary Death Match. Guernica’s own Ali Eteraz will be in this latest installment of the competition, which includes readings, wit, charm, and more than a hint of comedy. Each author will read their work for 7 minutes or less, and then face the judgement of the 3 all-star panel who respond (often comedically) before choosing two finalists to compete head to head for the title of ultimate champion.

Ali Eteraz’s latest book, Falsipedies & Fibsiennes, will be launching in Toronto just two days after the competition. Ranging from the Persian Gulf to the American South, from ancient Greece to pre-Islamic Arabia, Ali Eteraz’s stories observe the clash of civilizations through the surrealist’s monocle: lovers playing with Koranic numerology; the sorrows of the Minotaur; the innocence of a genie; a woman obsessed with wine and virgins; brothers caught in a national security dragnet. Sensual, fabulist, mystical, gothic, the stories in Falsipedies & Fibsiennes search for love and solidarity within madness and oppression.

Ali Eteraz is an inhabitant of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. His fiction has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Crossborder, and Forge Journal, among others. Children of Dust (HarperCollins USA), his darkly-comic memoir about coming-of-age as a conflicted Muslim, was a New Statesman Book of the Year, won the Nautilus Book Award Gold, and was featured by PBS, NPR, and the CBC. We’d wish him luck this Friday, but with his impressive literary resume, we’re not sure he’ll need it.

Where: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., San Francisco
When: Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:15pm.
Cost: $8 preorder; $10 at the door

For more information on the event, you can visit the Literary Death Match website at:

Ali Eteraz’s latest book, Falsipedies & Fibsiennes, is available on the Guernica website at:

Falsipedies & Fibsiennes will also be available at the Guernica Editions Third Fall Book Launch happening on December 7th at The Supermarket:

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