The venue for the fifth annual Youngsters’s Books Boston Trivia Evening, the Brahmin, was new this yr.
However a lot was the identical: host Jack Gantos and his Gantosian commentary. Foolish crew names: “TK,” “The place’s Papa Going with That Axe?” And naturally, a number of youngsters’s literature professionals muttering, “I ought to know this!”
Elissa and I, with compatriots Jennifer, Karen, Nancy, and Jamie, shaped crew “Lyle, Lyle Bibliophile.” Lulled right into a false sense of safety with a comparatively straightforward Tuck Eternal query, I used to be then blindsided by query two and grateful to teammate Nancy for her Frog Prince identification abilities. And the sport was on. We recognized most, although not all, of the illustrators on the beach-themed image spherical; thanks to your recognizable kinds, Ekua Holmes and Rafael López and Kadir Nelson and Melissa Candy. And darn you, Margaret Bloy Graham, for not popping into our heads in time. (It’s not your fault.)
I gained a brand new appreciation for the work concerned in placing the occasion collectively by writing one spherical of questions and testing one other (and recused myself from each). Confession: it’s maybe a bit of simpler to jot down a tough spherical of themed closing strains than it’s to create a simple one. Sorry ‘bout that. Kinda.
However I’m not sorry that there was a Boston Globe–Horn E-book Awards query (what first novel was acknowledged in 2017? Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, after all). Or that my job compiling the Journal’s Impromptu column was good preparation for awards trivia — regardless that I did nonetheless have to recollect which creator goes with which award.
Finally, we Bibliophiles edged out The E-book Baggage to win the day…and win the on-brand prizes: artwork (“A Mom Goose Portfolio: Being Twelve Authentic Portraits of Characters Variously Well-known and Obscure with Mom Goose Herself”) and chocolate (L.A. Burdick candies within the form of Henkes-esque mice).
As I’ve discovered not too long ago, closing strains are laborious. So I’ll simply level you towards CBB’s Fb group, and counsel that, in the event you get pleasure from youngsters’s books and nerding out about them — and in the event you’re studying this, you most likely do — you be a part of to find out about future occasions!