Friday Blog Apr 19 – Literally Quizzical

Aye Write! logoWell done to the Mitchell Classics book group, winners of this year’s Aye Write! quiz, pipping Whiteinch Book Group by half a point, with Maryhill Marauders coming in 3rd. Ten teams took part, everyone did very respectably, and the winners went off clutching goody bags from Transworld Publishers.

If you want a taster, here’s round one: In the News

1. According to PLR (Public Lending Right) figures released in February, which author had the most books borrowed from UK libraries in 2012, for the 6th year in a row?

2. Les Miserables is doing well at the cinema. Who wrote the book?

3. What is the new name for the literary prize previously sponsored by Orange?

4. Which novel this year celebrates 200 years? On its publication in 1813, Sir Walter Scott said its “exquisite touch…renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting”

5. Another question on PLR – this year marks the 30th anniversary. When it first began in 1983, which author topped the lending charts?

6. Renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe died in March at the age of 82. His 1958 debut novel dealt with the impact of colonialism in Africa and sold more than 10 million copies. What is its title?

7. Carol Ann Duffy is the current Poet Laureate but who holds the post of Children’s Laureate (finishing in June this year?)

8. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals was made into a film which received 12 Oscar nominations in 2013. What is the name of the film?

9. Which writer, who died in March, at the age of 85, is the only person to have won both the Booker Prize and an Oscar?

10.  Finishing the round with another question on PLR – number 6 in the lending chart for 2012 and top children’s book is by a local author, the much loved Julia Donaldson. Which of her books was the most borrowed?

See you next year at Literally Quizzical!

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