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When four authors face off tonight in a literary death match, expect a lively contest that replaces sick burns with clever turns of phrase instead of an all out brawl. Fiction writers Danielle Evans and Larry Doyle join biographer Elizabeth Winder and poet Regie Cabico and read their most eclectic original work, aiming to out-write their fellow contestants. This, of course, is a radical change from the quiet existences authors are assumed to lead. Judges from Slate and the Washington Post send the best two contestants on to the next round, where they’ll participate in what’s teased as a “vaguely literary challenge” to determine an ultimate champion. To find out how vague and literary that final challenge will be and to test your literary mettle against these titans, head to Sixth and I. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $12–$15. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.