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Nerd Jeopardy Recap

  1. Mr. Trebek was there in spirit.
  2. You can’t see it in the photo, but there are 80 people drinking wine and plotting their strategy to the right:
  3. jasper_a
    http://yfrog.com/essbmsdj Nerd Jeopardy at McNally Jackson w/ Kyle 馃榾
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 16:04:23
  4. Round One:
  5. TimeOutNewYork
    Categories are on the board at @mcnallyjackson for #NerdJeopardy. http://pic.twitter.com/Vlampeyj
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 16:27:54
  6. mcnallyjackson
    Bunch of drunk nerds in our basement swapping trivia like it’s spit at a drama club cast party. Who’s going to lose their glasses first?
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 15:50:39
  7. Time Out live-tweeted a few of the questions:
  8. TimeOutNewYork
    “This week Hilary Mantel won her 2nd Booker Prize, becoming the 1st woman to do so after these 2 men.” #NerdJeopardy
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 16:36:59
  9. TimeOutNewYork
    Put A Bird On It: “Birdwatchers can spot a cerulean warbler on the jacket & in the plot of this 2010 Oprah’s Book Club Pick” #NerdJeopardy
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 16:45:15
  10. TimeOutNewYork
    “In 1939, publishers were convinced that Robert de Graff’s plans for this format would restore the industry.” #NerdJeopardy
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 16:47:18
  11. Maris correctly guessed the author of My Crazy Beautiful Life, an “illustrated memoir.”
  12. mariskreizman
    My greatest achievement tonight was that I answered a Ke$ha-related question at Nerd Jeopardy.
    Thu, Oct 18 2012 19:24:03
  13. Congrats to the “Poorly Informed Hecklers,” who beat “Lady and the Tramps”聽by one point. (Third place went to the scrappy “Phony Morrisons.”)
    The winning trio received hardcover copies of Zadie Smith’s聽NW, Errol Morris’聽A Wilderness of Error, Nate Silver’s聽The Signal and The Noise, and Scott Hutchins’聽A Working Theory of Love. (Mr. Hutchins also made an appearance in our Video Daily Double, at the very same moment he was reading at BookCourt across town.)
  14. The Tournament of Champions Speed Round, with lighting-fast questions from the audience thrown out聽at winners from previous Nerd Jeopardies.
  15. Mike Duncan took first place, earning聽a bottle聽of Veuve Cliquot, a deluxe Penguin Classics edition of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s聽Tales of the Jazz Age, a signed copy of Junot Diaz’s聽This Is How You Lose Her,聽and all of our respect.
  16. Thanks everyone who turned out for Nerd Jeopardy! We’ll host another one in January. Find out when by signing up for McNally Jackson’s newsletter.
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Nerd Jeopardy Returns!

ImageAfter taking the summer off to read Proust’s oeuvre in the original French, I decided it’s time to herald autumn with a night of literary trivia. And wine!

The Penguin Press & Small Demons present:
Nerd Jeopardy!聽
Thursday, Oct. 18th, 7pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, NYC
Complimentary Wine & Bookish Humiliation

Come to watch a books-only version of the popular game show with me as your genial host. If you’ve attended Nerd Jeopardy before, you know more or less what’s in store: prizes, swearing, a surprise guest or two.

If you haven’t attended, here’s a brief sample of past categories and clues:

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The Return of Nerd Jeopardy

A.k.a. Nerd Jeopardy VII: A New Frontier.

Next week I’m hosting everyone’s favorite literary trivia night, this time with more wine, worse prizes, and incredibly humiliating audience participation. (Also incredibly rewarding audience participation.) Watch for a surprise guest appearance. Or two.

FSG’s Work in Progress & Small Demons present Nerd Jeopardy
Tuesday, April 17th, 7pm
McNally Jackson
54 Prince St. NYC聽

And don’t worry, I won’t be as harsh as this guy:

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Nerd Jeopardy Success!

I believe everyone had a damn fine time on Wednesday. Team #nerdalert took first, winning the Paris Review Interviews box set, the limited slipcase edition of Skippy Dies, and the Oxford Companion to Beer. And some lucky gentleman nabbed the Audience Prize ($100 to McNally Jackson) by correctly guessing the order of Proust’s seven-volume聽聽脌 la recherche du temps perdu. On the first try. In French.

Photo by Electric Literature's Ryan Chang

Thanks to The Millions and Electric Literature for their very complimentary recaps. The next Nerd Jeopardy? April 17th, McNally Jackson. Mark your calendars.

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Nerd Jeopardy Returns for 2012

We’re bringing our night of wine and literary trivia to McNally Jackson on Wednesday, Jan. 18th. Three teams will compete for glory and modest prizes; everyone will compete for loudest and wittiest heckle.

To whet your appetite for all things bookish and Trebekian, here’s a look at our last Nerd Jeopardy from November:

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Nerd Jeopardy Success!

It was a thoroughly Trebekian night in Soho, with a packed house and lots (and lots) of wine. (Thanks Mo毛t Hennessy!) Round one featured a surprise guest appearance by聽Colson Whitehead, and聽Emma Straub, our intrepid field correspondent, reported from California in her round two Video Daily Double.

The Categories for Round One

Thanks Michele Filgate and everyone at McNally Jackson, too! It was a smashing success, and it was great to see so many friends in the audience. And of course, congrats to [we have no name], the winning team. (The MVP award goes to聽Toby.) Ladies Who Brunch and We Just Came for the Wine performed admirably as well.

From "Fighting Words"

My favorite moment in the night was during Final Jeopardy, when the entire room yelled out “William Carlos Williams!” How often do you hear a hundred people cheerily yelling out a poet’s name in a bookstore? (Probably not as often as we’d like, but still.)

Will there be another one? Certainly. Nerd Jeopardy will return for the Lit Crawl later this summer and again at McNally Jackson in November. As always, Work in Progress subscribers will be the first to know.

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Nerd Jeopardy Returns July 21st

Like a rising phoenix with questionable IP usage, Nerd Jeopardy is back for round three. It’s just like every other literary trivia night you’ve attended, except this one comes with free wine (courtesy of M枚et Hennessy) and a time-tested structure (courtesy of Alex Trebek).

Unlike the game show, all of our questions are about books, publishing, and pop culture. Three teams of three compete (the prizes are middling; the glory, everlasting) in two rounds, with some audience participation thrown in for good measure. There will be surprise appearances from some notable novelists in the form of the immortal Video Daily Double.

As an added bonus the whole ordeal’s going down at one of my favorite bookstores: McNally Jackson.

NB: The event’s presented by my little newsletter for FSG,聽Work in Progress. (If you haven’t subscribed yet, you should. There’s a nice little bonus package for subscribers in the July 15th issue.)

Full Details:聽

Thur. July 21st, 7pm
McNally Jackson聽(basement), 52 Prince St

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