Friday, January 22, 2010

Trivial Pursuit for Book-Lovers

Children's: What children's fantasy series did Susan Cooper launch in 1965 with Over Sea, Under Stone?

Classics: Who had been declared a saint just four years before George Bernard Shaw portrayed her as a hard-headed young woman, in a 1924 play?

Non-Fiction: What longtime Harlem congressman was King of the Cats, according to a Wil Haygood biography?

Book Club: Who populated his space western The Place of Dead Roads with a gang of gay cowpokes called the Wild Fruits?

Authors: Who was the founder and sole editor of the Paris Review for 50 years, until his death in 2003?

Book Bag: What 1991 Peter Benchley book centers on fisherman Whip Darling's search for a killer Architeuthis dux?

Put your answers (and guesses) in the comments.


Karen said...

Children's: The Dark is Rising
Classics: Jean d'Arc

Harriet M. Welsch said...

Children's: The Dark is Rising. One of my all-time favorites (but the second book is the best). I've been trying to get AJ interested, but so far, no luck.

Classics: Joan of Arc

Non-Fiction: I've never heard of this one, but I'm intrigued.

Book Club: Burroughs

Authors: George Plimpton

Book Bag: No idea. The best I can do is, "Not Jaws."

readersguide said...

Oh, oh oh! I actually know some this time! (But they've been answered already.)

I loved the Dark is Rising series.

(And I cheated and looked up the book bag one. All I can say is that I hope to find it one day(book, not thing itself)in a rented house.)

readersguide said...

Now I've cheated and look up the non-fiction one, too, which looks good. Hmmm.
I'm cataloging a set of danish, or possibly icelandic,laws today. They're in danish. In fraktur. Personally, I think being in danish is bad enough. Okay. Bye now.

Jenny said...

I feel like I should know more of these! Children's: The Dark Is Rising; Classics: Joan of Arc; Book Club: William Burroughs? And that's all I got.

Kristen said...

These were easier than they usually are (not that I know all of them). These questions always make me feel like I am far less well read than I thought--and I am more than cognizant of all the holes in my reading.

lemming said...

Dark is Rising series gets confusing as it goes along... I reread them this summer, wondering why I never finished the series as a kid, and discovered why.

Marie said...

This was fun :-)Is this from the Trivial Pursuit for Book Lovers game?

Jeanne said...

As usual, everyone who tried one got it right!

Children's: The Dark is Rising
Classics: Joan of Arc
Non-Fiction: Adam Clayton Powell
Book Club: William Burroughs
Authors: George Plimpton
Book Bag: Beast

Readersguide, I would hope you won't find the thing itself in the rented house! Maybe the book would be good in another language.

Lemming, The Dark is Rising series isn't connected as much as some people expect. Green Witch stands almost by itself.

Marie, Yes, Karen sent it to me because the questions are so hard you need a hard-core literary group to play it!