WORD basketball league’s favorite bookstores
April 9, 2010
As the WORD basketball league prepares for their second season, we thought we’d share the infamous literary quiz that all players had to pass in order to play. Shouldn’t be too hard for you book nerds.
(And before anyone emails or comments to ask: no, sorry, we are closed to new players at this point. Keep an eye out for next year’s league!)
1. Name one Kurt Vonnegut novel.
2. Who wrote Great Expectations?
3. The Odyssey is a sequel to what?
4. Name a poet. Any poet.
5. What is your favorite bookstore?
Players were given instructions that there was more than one answer to the fifth question, even though they were sitting in WORD’s basement when they took the quiz. As such, the list of bookstores named reads like a Who’s Who of great bookstores. We thought we’d share it here in case anyone needed a list of bookstores to visit.
Thankfully, WORD got many votes. (We love you too!) Coming in second was The Strand. Third was a tie between Idlewild Books and Spoonbill & Sugartown.
Other NYC bookstores making the list:
- Books of Wonder
- Community Bookstore
- Dashwood Books
- East Village Books
- Forbidden Planet
- Greenlight Bookstore
- McNally Jackson
- NYU Bookstore
- Printed Matter
- St. Mark’s Bookshop
(Might have been easier just to link to the list on the IBNYC’s website.)
Owing to the peripatetic nature of NYC residents, the list for bookstores outside NYC is even longer:
- Chaucer’s Bookstore (CA)
- City Lights Books (CA)
- Dog Eared Books (CA)
- Laguna Beach Books (CA)
- Mendocino Book Company (CA)
- Skylight Books (CA)
- Tattered Cover Book Store (CO)
- The Book Barn (CT)
- Goerings Book Store (FL)
- Montague Book Mill (MA)
- Yellow House Books (MA)
- Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room (MI)
- Dawn Treader Book Shop (MI)
- Schuler Books & Music (MI)
- Shaman Drum Bookshop (MI)
- Square Books (MS)
- Micawber Books (NJ)
- Autumn Leaves Used Books (NY)
- Book Revue (NY)
- Mac’s Backs Books (OH)
- Powell’s Books (OR)
- Big Jar Books (PA)
- The Book Trader (PA)
- Atlantic Books Inc. (PA, NJ, DE)
- Elliott Bay Book Company (WA)