Friday, October 3, 2008

Trivia Contest Answers 11-20

Here are the answers for questions 11 through 20.

11. What was the first book ever printed in English?

The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers was printed four years later, despite what you may have read.

12. What are the benefits of registering your copyright within three months of your book's publication?

Copyright owners can recover statutory damages and attorney fees in an infringement suit.

13. What are considered industry standard hardcover royalties for regular trade books in the publishing industry?

10% of the list price for the first 5,000 copies sold, 12.5% for the next 5,000 copies sold, and 15% thereafter. Some people answered 10-15%, but that's not enough information for me to count it as right.

14. Who is J.K. Rowling’s primary literary agent?

Christopher Little

15. What is the difference between “its” and “it’s”?

"Its" is a possessive pronoun meaning belonging to it. "It's" is a contraction of "it is" or "it has". Or an apostrophe, if you want to be a smart ass.

16. What is the last thing that is said “good night” to in Goodnight Moon?

Noises everywhere.

17. What planet is Takeshi Kovacs from?

In Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels, the Kovacs is from Harlan's World.

18. Which real political figure is Willie Stark loosely based on?

In All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren based Willie Stark loosely on Huey Long, the colorful Louisiana governor and U.S. Senator in the 1920's and 30's.

19. What book ends with the following line: “Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger."

Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Another one of my favorite books.

20. What disease does Lionel Essrog have?

Essrog, the protagonist in Jonathan Lethem's fantastic Gun, With Occasional Music, suffers from Tourette's Syndrome.

7 comments:

Ryan Field said...

I can't believe I actually did get #16 right...

Dwight said...

Not me, Ryan.

I was remembering the "Goodnight Crackheads" spoof in Richard Price's Clockers.

Thanks a LOT, Richard Price!

Dwight said...

And the really embarassing part is that it would have taken 40 seconds of research to find the darn poem read aloud on youtube.

Gah. The shame.

Jael said...

Jonathan, I loved your trivia contest, it was awesome and impressive, and I didn't even enter because I knew I couldn't even get a fraction of these right, but... Lionel Essrog is the protagonist of Motherless Brooklyn, not Gun With Occasional Music. Lethem, but different Lethem.

(I believe the protag of Gun is a PI. And a kangaroo.)

Jonathan Lyons said...

you are of course right Jael, it was Motherless Brooklyn. Both are great books.

Jonathan Lyons said...

Though I like Motherless Brooklyn a bit more. I would have liked more info about babyheads.

Jael said...

Yeah, I never quite got a handle on the babyheads either. Absolutely love MB. At one point Ed Norton had optioned it for film, or was at least attached, and I would have loved to see how it translated to the screen.