Monday, February 07, 2011

Five Books that Mo will probably use in Philosoraptors' Cafe Trivia Night, Special Speller Birthday Edition, Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 7pm

These books offer just a taste of the topics that will be featured at trivia night. Study up!

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (Random House, $28.95)
This book is an obvious pick for Philosoraptor Trivia questions. Firstly, it is pretty funny. Secondly, even though Bryson was born in the U.S. he's clearly British now and the Spellers are half-British. Thirdly, this Indie Bestseller reveals the secret absurdity of quotidian household objects.

After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O'Brien and Perry Edmond O'Brien (Charlesbridge Publishing $24.95)
This is a kid's book that talks about activists who've used nonviolence to effect change. Most of them you've heard of before, but you probably didn't get the real story. In particular, trivia will focus on some famous civil rights activists in honor of Black History Month. You can expect more black history questions from other sources, possibly that Mo has previously listed as Staff Picks.

Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, edited by Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin, $17.00)
These poems are good. You can try to figure out how I will make them into trivia.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (Random House, $19.95 for paperback or $29.95 for hardcover)
I don't often recommend buying in hardcover, but for this book you really should. The copy my family has is fifty-years-old, well-loved, and probably would not have survived had it been a paperback. The illustrations are beautiful. The trivia will likely be related to Valentine's Day.

Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love by Thomas Keels (The History Press, $19.99)
This book has made appearances at trivia nights before. We always love local history.

February 2011, Mo Speller

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