Saturday September 10, 2011
We went on a bar crawl with books as part of this new festival. Putting our own twist on Balderdash, we put some of our favorite authors to the test to see who could come up with the best first line to some interesting books. The audience had to guess what the real sentence was. Fiona Maazel, Lizzie Skurnick, and Shya Scanlon all took on the challenge.
And for more about LitCrawl and to see the full schedule of events please visit their website.
Shya Scanlon is the author of the novel Forecast and the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. He is an editor at Monkeybicycle, a journal published by Dzanc Books, and serves as Reviews Editor at The Nervous Breakdown.
Lizzie Skurnick's work has appeared in Time, Bookforum, the New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, O, the Awl, and many other amenable publications. A former Vice-President of the National Book Critic's Circle, she is the author of Shelf Discovery, a memoir of teen reading. Her blog, Old Hag, is a Forbes Best of the Web Pick. She lives in Jersey City.
Fiona Maazel is the author of the novel, Last Last Chance. She is a winner of the Bard Prize for 2009 and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree for 2008. Her work has appeared in Bomb, The Common, Fence, The Mississippi Review, The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Salon, n + 1, and The Yale Review. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and just finished work on her next novel, Woke Up Lonely.