No – it’s all right – honest! I haven’t turned into a zombie for Halloween. I’m just hoping to harness some of your brainpower to give me inspiration for my next annual literary quiz night. We call it ‘Mostly Bookbrains‘ and I run it together with my local indie bookshop Mostly Books raising money for different locally-based charities.
I’m looking at a possible date of Friday 28th Feb 2014 (save the date Simon!), but I like to start thinking about it a few months before, even if I don’t actually set most of the questions until the month of the quiz, hence the post now.
- A miscellany warm-up
- Pictures – usually author pix + covers / illustrations
- Books in the news
- A non-fiction feature
- An audio round if possible
- First lines / blurbs / quotes
Then I have lots of themed rounds to fill all the gaps. I like to ensure that the whole world of books is covered – from the latest bestsellers to the prize-winners, books for young and old, and as many genres as I can cram in.
Some of the rounds we’ve done are:
- Books into movies
- Author Initials
- Translated books
- Inner Child books
- Dickens / Austen – big author anniversaries
- Characters in which novels
- Glittering prizes
I need some new ideas, particularly fun ones. Your help will be greatly appreciated – and name-checks will be guaranteed if used! If you know of any big author anniversaries in 2014 do let me know too.
Thank you in anticipation…