Friday, March 4, 2011

Trivial Pursuit for Book-Lovers

Children's: What author sent the Snarkout Boys to battle the Avocado of Death and the Baconsburg Horror?

Classics: What refrain from Young E. Allison's sea shanty Derelict echoes throughout Treasure Island?

Non-Fiction: What tuneful title did Larry Kane pick for his book on being the only U.S. journalist on the Beatles' historic 1964 tour?

Book Club: What National Book Award winner did Carlos Eire originally plan to title Kiss the Lizard, Jesus?

Authors: What New Zealand-born author ditched her first name Edith for her Maori middle name, to pen tales of Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn?

Book Bag: What anonymously authored 1996 bestseller includes the acknowledgement: "I would like to thank some people who don't know who I am"?

(Take a guess this week, and you'll probably guess right!)


bermudaonion said...

Tough questions this week!
Children's: Daniel Pinkwater

That's it for me, but I feel like I should know Book Bag.

Harriet said...

Children's: Daniel Pinkwater

Classics: "Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum."

Non-Fiction: Ticket to Ride

Book Club: I'll guess Waiting for Snow in Havana because a)it's the only book of his I know and b) it's sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read.

Authors: Ngaio Marsh

Book Bag: Primary Colors?

FreshHell said...

Well, Harriet already answered them for me. I knew Classics, Non-Fiction and Authors.

Karenlibrarian said...

I only know one for sure -- Authors: Ngaio Marsh. Whom I still haven't read. Sigh.

Jeanne said...

As FreshHell observes, Harriet got them all right! This is the first time anyone has ever gotten all six!

I am sending Harriet a prize appropriate to her achievement--a poem from the British Library, recently digitized. She will be one of the only people in the world--maybe THE only person who didn't go to grad school in English literature--to read this poem since the week it was first published.

Congratulations, Harriet!

readersguide said...

I'm guessing Daniel Pinkwater for number one -- who else could that be? But that's the only thing I can even guess!

readersguide said...

Wait a minute! I got them all right on January 28!

Jeanne said...

ReadersGuide, you're absolutely right. Sorry. I slept through January.

I will now send you a prize appropriate to your victory. Different from Harriet's, perhaps, but just as esoteric.

Harriet said...

Hooray! I think I got them all right on one previous occasion, though. Back near when you started this I think. I could be wrong, though. But I'm thrilled with a poem. And since I very nearly went to graduate school in English literature, it is most appropriate.

Marie said...

Authors; Ngaio Marsh?
Otherwise, I got nothing!

Jeanne said...

Living in the eternal now, I've probably missed several people getting them all right...feel free to blow your own horn. I've made no promises about prizes, but recently found out about the British Library digitized editions and could not resist sending some of them where I know they'll be appreciated!

Jeanne said...

Children's: Daniel Pinkwater
Classics: "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum"
Non-Fiction: Ticket to Ride
Book Club: Waiting for Snow in Havana
Authors: Ngaio Marsh
Book Bag: Primary Colors