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Your Primer To The 2013 National Book Award Finalists
Too busy to read ten books by November? Here’s a guide to the fiction and nonfiction finalists so at your next literary cocktail party, you can blurt out something vaguely knowledgeable before running to the bar for a refill.
 Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon: In which there are foot fetishists, hip hop gangsters, and sentient computers; in other words everyone you’d expect to meet in a Pynchon novel. Just don’t expect to meet Pynchon at the actual awards dinner.

 via Buzzfeed:

Your Primer To The 2013 National Book Award Finalists

Too busy to read ten books by November? Here’s a guide to the fiction and nonfiction finalists so at your next literary cocktail party, you can blurt out something vaguely knowledgeable before running to the bar for a refill.

 Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon: In which there are foot fetishists, hip hop gangsters, and sentient computers; in other words everyone you’d expect to meet in a Pynchon novel. Just don’t expect to meet Pynchon at the actual awards dinner.

It’s true: one of the audience prizes at the Nerd Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions will be a full set of Penguin Drop Caps! If you’re in or around New York City, I hope we’ll see you at Housing Works Bookstore this Thursday for our biggest literary trivia night so far. 
Some people have asked, “Who are these champions you speak of?” The following three teams have all bested their competitors at previous Nerd Jeopardy nights. Among them you’ll find a veritable Wikipedia of bookish savoir faire.
Team TEAM includesTobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn), Molly Templeton (WORD, @mollytempleton), & Stephanie Anderson (@bookavore)
The Merry Husbands of Windsor Terrace includes Michael Duncan (Cambridge University Press), Josh Landon (Oxford University Press, @joshlandon), and… a third mystery member who is also quite nerdy.
I Would Prefer Not To includes Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), Amanda Bullock (Housing Works Books, @amanda_leigh), and Rachel Fershleiser (Tumblr, @RachelFersh).
A Fourth Team Culled from the Audience: this would be the team of amateurs brave (or foolish) enough to compete. If you think that’s you, grab two friends, create a team name, and drop it in the hat at the podium at 7pm. I’ll pick a name at random.
(Full details here)

It’s true: one of the audience prizes at the Nerd Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions will be a full set of Penguin Drop Caps! If you’re in or around New York City, I hope we’ll see you at Housing Works Bookstore this Thursday for our biggest literary trivia night so far

Some people have asked, “Who are these champions you speak of?” The following three teams have all bested their competitors at previous Nerd Jeopardy nights. Among them you’ll find a veritable Wikipedia of bookish savoir faire.

Team TEAM includesTobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn), Molly Templeton (WORD, @mollytempleton), & Stephanie Anderson (@bookavore)

The Merry Husbands of Windsor Terrace includes Michael Duncan (Cambridge University Press), Josh Landon (Oxford University Press, @joshlandon), and… a third mystery member who is also quite nerdy.

I Would Prefer Not To includes Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), Amanda Bullock (Housing Works Books, @amanda_leigh), and Rachel Fershleiser (Tumblr, @RachelFersh).

A Fourth Team Culled from the Audience: this would be the team of amateurs brave (or foolish) enough to compete. If you think that’s you, grab two friends, create a team name, and drop it in the hat at the podium at 7pm. I’ll pick a name at random.

(Full details here)

Attention friends in New York! We’re bringing back our infrequent literary trivia night for a special Tournament of Champions on Thursday, Feb. 28th at the great Housing Works Bookstore in Soho.
If you want to put that minor in French Poetry to good use while drinking wine and yelling, “Who is Rimbaud?”, here’s your chance. 
Three winning teams will square off against one another for prizes and literary glory (plus a fourth team of amateurs to make things interesting). And of course there will be plenty of audience quizzes and opportunities for bookish heckling. 
See you there! 
(Facebook details)

Attention friends in New York! We’re bringing back our infrequent literary trivia night for a special Tournament of Champions on Thursday, Feb. 28th at the great Housing Works Bookstore in Soho.

If you want to put that minor in French Poetry to good use while drinking wine and yelling, “Who is Rimbaud?”, here’s your chance. 

Three winning teams will square off against one another for prizes and literary glory (plus a fourth team of amateurs to make things interesting). And of course there will be plenty of audience quizzes and opportunities for bookish heckling. 

See you there! 

(Facebook details)

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For our friends in New York, there are two excellent literary events tonight for you to choose from. 
First, there’s Scott Hutchins at BookCourt, where he’ll talk about A Working Theory of Love. (So far Entertainment Weekly, People, BOMB Magazine, and a host of others have praised the debut novel.) We love this book. 
Second, there’s our literary trivia night at McNally Jackson: Nerd Jeopardy. (Time Out New York gives the inside scoop on how to compete and win.) 

For our friends in New York, there are two excellent literary events tonight for you to choose from. 

First, there’s Scott Hutchins at BookCourt, where he’ll talk about A Working Theory of Love. (So far Entertainment Weekly, People, BOMB Magazine, and a host of others have praised the debut novel.) We love this book. 

Second, there’s our literary trivia night at McNally Jackson: Nerd Jeopardy. (Time Out New York gives the inside scoop on how to compete and win.)