Posted in the store is this item from the 11/2/2004 New York Times: “To the Editor: With the World Series over and the election campaign over, I plan to return to reading books.” A wise man!
Did you know that a well-known novel, made into a popular movie starring Tom Hanks, was written in Old Town Alexandria less than a mile from our shop? We didn’t either, until recently. The novel? Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.
Our in-store Literary Trivia Questions sometimes challenge our customers to dredge up useless knowledge they acquired as English majors (e. g., how many titles of Shakespeare plays contain place names?*) Other times more general word-playing skills are required. For example, earlier this year we required contestants to unravel book titles that were given in the form of anagrams. The titles are given below: How will you do?
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Answers are available upon request.
*Seven. (The Final Jeopardy question to this year’s Jeopardy Tournament of Champions was similar: it asked which of the five cities mentioned in Shakespeare titles was not in Europe. None of the contestants provided the right answer, which we knew from our Literary Trivia Contest experience.)