It’s back! Everyone’s favorite literary trivia game returns for a booze-fueled and heckler-filled competition between authors, readers, and the occasional barfly. Based on a certain long-running game show, Nerd Jeopardy! is for anyone who’s wanted to drunkenly yell “Who is Proust?” Audience participation is duly rewarded, with glory and prizes distributed indiscriminately.
Nerd Jeopardy! at Lit Crawl NYC
Saturday, Oct. 1, 8pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., NYC (map)
I’ll be hosting, joined by special guest Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years) and friends from BOMB and the National Book Foundation. See you there.
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Every year friends return from Austin gushing about the great bbq and great programming at the Texas Book Festival. (I imagine every panel comes with ribs and wet-naps.)
You can imagine my excitement, then, about going to TBF this weekend. If you’re around, let’s clink Shiners. Here’s my agenda:
Saturday, 11:15am-12:15pm: Born on Tumblr panel with Maris Kreizman, Mary Laura Philpott, & Rachel Fershleiser (Capitol Auditorium Room E1.004)
I’ll be talking about Conversations Sparks‘ journey from blog to bookstore and high-fiving Maris on the publication of Slaughterhouse 90210.
Saturday, 8:30-9:30pm: Nerd Jeopardy with Sloane Crosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, & Austin Grossman (North Door, 502 Brushy St.)
Literary trivia returns to LitCrawl Austin with a truly stellar lineup of authors. There will be heckling, audience prizes, and a considerable amount of beer drinking. Full details in the Facebook event.
Sunday, 12:00pm-1:00pm: Let’s Do the Genre Warp Again with Carola Dibbell & Colin Winnette (Capitol Extension Room E1.026)
I’m moderating two excellent authors from Two Dollar Radio on how they use, abuse, and redefine genre with their novels. Carola Dibbell is the author of The Only Ones, and Colin Winnette is the author of Haints Stay.
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Thanks everyone for coming out to Bookcourt for yet another successful round of Nerd Jeopardy! And a big thanks to Jonathan Ames, Jennifer Gilmore, and the Brooklyn Book Festival.
We even had a dog in the audience, which was a Nerd Jeopardy first. If you couldn’t make it, here’s a quick look at the categories.
Congrats to first place team “Mrs. Queequeg,” who won a bevy of prizes from W. W. Norton including 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off and Shady Characters, perfect books for trivia aficionados. Audience members didn’t leave empty-handed, either, what with all the wine and the free Atavist stories. (Warby Parker fans know there’s another way to get one of those.)
Here’s a Storify of last night’s action. And a few tweets:
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I’m happy to announce Nerd Jeopardy! is an official Bookend event for the Brooklyn Book Festival. What does this mean? A few things:
- Everyone’s favorite literary trivia night is coming to the borough that brought us Nathan’s hotdogs, Marv Albert, and Al Capone. More specifically, to the venerable and thoroughly great BookCourt.
- Our featured guests include the incredibly talented (and local!) authors Jonathan Ames and Jennifer Gilmore. If you’ve read Wake Up, Sir! and The Mothers, you know how exciting this is. If you haven’t, then I just don’t even know what to do with you.
- The categories will skew Brooklyn. Read up on your Austers, your Krausses, your Whiteheads.
- There will still be wine. Calm down.
In case you haven’t attended Nerd Jeopardy! before, the evening is modeled after the popular game show, with a big blue board, Daily Doubles, and answers in the form of a question. Unlike the game show, all of our questions concern literature and pop culture. Plus there’s free booze. (And no real money at stake.) Three teams of three people each compete in two rounds for small prizes and outsize glory, culminating in the nerve-rattling and tension-exploding Final Jeopardy. If you’d like to compete, simply arrive with two friends, give yourselves a team name, and drop it in the hat at the podium. We draw three teams at random. (If you’re not picked, you can still compete in the Audience Quiz.)
If you’ve attended Nerd Jeopardy! in the past, you know this is but a vague outline of the heckling, humiliation, and slander that accompanies a crowd of wine-fueled English majors. Fun times.
Sponsored by Atavist Books. Hosted by Ryan Chapman
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, at 7pm
BookCourt, 163 Court St
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The Brooklyn Book Festival is Sunday, Sept. 22nd.
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That’s right, it’s the fabled Tournament of Champions edition of New York’s best infrequent literary trivia night. Next Thursday at the great Housing Works Bookstore, three winning teams will square off to claim true Nerd Jeopardy honor and respect. (Plus a fourth team of amateurs*, just to embarrass them.) The questions will be more difficult–some in French, even–and I expect a level of fierce competitiveness rarely seen outside an episode of “The Bachelor.”
There will be plenty of wine and beer to keep audience heckling at a fever pitch and several opportunities for audience members to win prizes of their own.
Q. I’ve never been to Nerd Jeopardy before. What’s it like? Continue reading
After 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:
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: