Friday book quiz: round 3 (the answers)

The answers to the third round in the Friday book quiz from the Library Resource Management Team are below.

1. From which language is the novel “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” translated?
a) French
b) Czech
c) Italian

2. With which title did Salman Rushdie win the Booker prize?
a) Moor’s Last Sigh
b) Satanic verses
c) Midnight’s Children

3. In what publication was Wilkie Collins’ novel “The Woman in White” first serialised?
a) All the Year Round 
b) Bentley’s Miscellany
c) Household Words

 

4. What is the profession of C.J. Sansom’s character Shardlake?
a) Doctor
b) Lawyer
c) Soldier

5. Olive Kitteridge is married to a
a) Pharmacist
b) Teacher
c) Piano player

 

6. Complete the title of Sue Black’s book “All that remains”
a) A life in death
b) Life after death
c) Death is not the end

7. What is the name of the Labrador in Kate Atkinson’s novel “Big Sky”
a) Hercules
b) Barney
c) Dido

8. Who features in “Elizabeth is Missing”?
a) Maud
b) Eleanor
c) Sybil

9. In “His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet from what village is Roderick Macrae?
a) Cullen
b) Culbokie
c) Culduie

10. In which novel by Jane Austen does the following quote appear?
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”.
a) Persuasion
b) Northanger Abbey
c) Sense and Sensibility

Friday book quiz: round 3

Try the questions below in the third round of the Library Resource Management Team’s book quiz.

Answers will be revealed on Monday here on the blog.

1. From which language is the novel “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” translated?
a) French
b) Czech
c) Italian

2. With which title did Salman Rushdie win the Booker prize?
a) Moor’s Last Sigh
b) Satanic verses
c) Midnight’s Children

3. In what publication was Wilkie Collins’ novel “The Woman in White” first serialised?
a) “All the Year Round”
b) “Bentley’s Miscellany”
c) “Household Words”

4. What is the profession of C.J. Sansom’s character Shardlake?
a) Doctor
b) Lawyer
c) Soldier

5. Olive Kitteridge is married to a
a) Pharmacist
b) Teacher
c) Piano player

6. Complete the title of Sue Black’s book “All that remains”
a) A life in death
b) Life after death
c) Death is not the end

7. What is the name of the Labrador in Kate Atkinson’s novel “Big Sky”
a) Hercules
b) Barney
c) Dido

8. Who features in “Elizabeth is Missing”?
a) Maud
b) Eleanor
c) Sybil

9. In ‘His Bloody Project’ by Graeme Macrae Burnet from what village is Roderick Macrae?
a) Cullen
b) Culbokie
c) Culduie

10. In which novel by Jane Austen does the following quote appear?
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”.
a) Persuasion
c) Northanger Abbey
c) Sense and Sensibility

Friday book quiz: round 2 (the answers)

The answers to round two of the Friday book quiz are revealed below. Come back on Friday for round three.

1. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South – in which novel?
a) Where the crawdads sing
b) Queenie
c) An American marriage 

2. Which creature features in the title of this Maja Lunde’s novel?
a)
The history of people
b) The history of bees
c) The history of unicorns

3. “A natural” deals with the struggles of a young footballer, the author is?
a) Ross Raisin
b) Andy Apple
c) Fraser Fish

4. “Stories of the law and how it’s broken” is the subtitle of which novel?
a)
Crime and punishment
b) The cases of Taggart
c) The secret barrister 

5. Which novel deals with the disappearance of three pupils from Appleyard College and the aftermath from this?
a)
Ghost wall
b) The Van Apfel girls are gone
c) Picnic at hanging rock 

6. The “Salt path” by Raynor Winn follows the coastal path from where in the UK?
a) Somerset to Dorset 
b) Kent to Hampshire
c) Lincolnshire to Northumbria

7. Witold Pilecki is the subject of which award winning book by Jack Fairweather?
a) The survivor
b) The volunteer 
c) The hero

8. Which of the following is the title of a novel by Charlie Mackesy
a)
The boy, the fox, the badger and the horse
b) The boy, the goldfish, the fox and the horse
c) The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse 

9. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are the main characters in which novel by Hallie Rubenhold?
a)
The girls
b) The five 
c) The circle

10. Which workplace features in the title of this Joanne Ramos novel?
a) The farm
b) The office
c) The factory

Friday book quiz: round 2

Our second round in the Friday book quiz from the Library Resource Management Team.

The answers will be revealed on Monday and look out for the third round next Friday.

1. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South – in which novel?
a) Where the crawdads sing
b) Queenie
c) An American marriage

2. Which creature features in the title of this Maja Lunde’s novel?
a) The history of people
b) The history of bees
c) The history of unicorns

3. “A natural” deals with the struggles of a young footballer, the author is?
a)
Ross Raisin
b) Andy Apple
c) Fraser Fish

4. “Stories of the law and how it’s broken” is the subtitle of which novel?
a)
Crime and punishment
b) The cases of Taggart
c) The secret barrister

5. Which novel deals with the disappearance of three pupils from Appleyard College and the aftermath from this?
a)
Ghost wall
b) The Van Apfel girls are gone
c) Picnic at hanging rock 

6. The “Salt path” by Raynor Winn follows the coastal path from where in the UK?
a) Somerset to Dorset
b) Kent to Hampshire
c) Lincolnshire to Northumbria

7. Witold Pilecki is the subject of which award-winning book by Jack Fairweather?
a)
The survivor
b) The volunteer
c) The hero

8. Which of the following is the title of a novel by Charlie Mackesy
a)
The boy, the fox, the badger and the horse
b) The boy, the goldfish, the fox and the horse
c) The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse 

9. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are the main characters in which novel by Hallie Rubenhold?
a) The girls
b) The five
c) The circle

10. Which workplace features in the title of this Joanne Ramos novel?
a) The farm
b) The office
c) The factory

Friday book quiz: round 1 (the answers)

On Friday’s blog, we set the questions to the first round of ten questions in the Library Resource Management Team’s book quiz.

The answers are revealed below.

1. Which of the following is a book by David Peace, author of “The damned united”?
a) Patient X
b) Ground zero
c) Guinea pig

2. “The house by the loch” is a title by which Scottish personality?
a) Sarah Smith
b) Kirsty Wark
c) Chris Hoy

3. Which of the following is a title by Elif Shafak?
a) 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world
b) 10 minutes 39 seconds in this strange world
c) 10 minutes 40 seconds in this strange world

4. What is the missing word from the title of this Doug Johnstone book, “A dark”?
a) Night
b) Chocolate
c) Matter 

5. According to Oyinkan Braithewaite who is a serial killer?
a) My brother
b) My sister
c) My mother

 

6. What colour of coat does the man have in the recent title by Julian Barnes?
a)
Green
b) Blue
c) Red 

7. According to Manda Scott, what do you call a group of spies?
a)
A cloak of spies
b) A treachery of spies 
c) A zone of spies

8. From which Scandinavian country does Thomas Erikson, the author of “surrounded by idiots”, come from?
a) Sweden
b) Denmark
c) Norway

 

9. Which Adrian Tchaikovsky novel is described here: “Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, Shadrapar is a museum, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity. Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new is Stefan Advani: rebel, outlaw, survivor”?
a) Cage of souls 

b) Children of ruin
c) Walking to Aldebaran

10. Jean McConville is the subject of which book by Patrick Keefe?
a) Do nothing
b) Say nothing
c) Hear nothing

How many did you get?

Friday book quiz – round 1

Just for fun, our Library Resource Management Team have set you a quick book quiz!

The answers will be revealed on Monday’s blog. And come back next Friday for another round of questions.

1. Which of the following is a book by David Peace, author of “The damned united”?
a) Patient X
b)
Ground zero
c)
Guinea pig

2. “The house by the loch” is a title by which Scottish personality?
a)
Sarah Smith
b) Kirsty Wark
c) Chris Hoy

3. Which of the following is a title by Elif Shafak?
a) 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world
b) 10 minutes 39 seconds in this strange world
c) 10 minutes 40 seconds in this strange world

4. What is the missing word from the title of this Doug Johnstone book, “A dark “?
a)
Night
b) Chocolate
c) Matter 

5. According to Oyinkan Braithewaite who is a serial killer?
a) My brother
b) My sister
c) My mother

6. What colour of coat does the man have in the recent title by Julian Barnes?
a)
Green
b) Blue
c) Red

7. According to Manda Scott, what do you call a group of spies?
a) A cloak of spies
b) A treachery of spies
c)
A zone of spies

8. From which scandinavian country does Thomas Erikson, the author of “surrounded by idiots”, come from?
a) Sweden
b) Denmark
c) Norway

9. Which Adrian Tchaikovsky novel is described here: “Beneath its baneful light, Shadrapar, last of all cities, harbours fewer than 100,000 human souls. Built on the ruins of countless civilisations, Shadrapar is a museum, an asylum, a prison on a world that is ever more alien to humanity. Bearing witness to the desperate struggle for existence between life old and new is Stefan Advani: rebel, outlaw, survivor”?
a) Cage of souls
b) Children of ruin
c) Walking to Aldebaran

10. Jean McConville is the subject of which book by Patrick Keefe?
a) Do nothing
b) Say nothing
c) Hear nothing

Libraries on lockdown – keeping connected online

During these strange times while our buildings are closed, our libraries are keeping in touch with their communities online in innovative and inspiring ways.

Here a just a few of the things we’ve spotted. Follow your local library on Facebook to keep in touch with them whilst we’re all staying safe at home.

Moredun Library have moved their usual Bookbug session for babies, young children and parents and carers online! You can tune in every week on Tuesdays at 10.30am to join Susannah with rhymes and singing on their Facebook page.

 

Muirhouse Library are regularly producing printable activity sheets for children. Visit Muirhouse Library’s Facebook page to see all their beautifully illustrated instructions for getting creative.

Snippy Sticky Foody Folk collage activity from Muirhouse Library

Central Children’s Art Club created a fantastic drawing tutorial showing young artists how to draw Polpo, the Club’s octopus mascot.

 

And this Thursday evening, 23 April, to celebrate World Book Night, Carol from Stockbridge Library will host a special family-friendly book quiz streamed live on Facebook from her living room!

There will be four rounds of questions and a couple of riddles and short readings thrown in as well. There’ll also be a short interval at 8pm so that everyone can join in with the Clap for our Carers.
Get your virtual team together and tune in from 7.30pm on Thursday!

 

‘The Nutcracker’ Christmas quiz for children

Central Library is delighted to offer the chance to win tickets to see ‘The Worst Witch’ at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre on Tuesday 7 May 2019.  2 pairs of tickets have been generously donated by Capital Theatres for this family-friendly show based on the book by Jill Murphy. Definitely something to look forward to in 2019!

The performance is suitable for children 7+ so you must be aged between 7 and 11 to enter the competition.

To be in with a chance of winning, complete The Nutcracker Christmas Quiz at Central Library. Pick up your quiz sheet from the Children’s or Music Library and remember to hand back your completed sheet before your leave the library. All the answers can be found in The Nutcracker display which is on view on the Mezzanine level at Central Library.

The competition runs until 31 December. Remember to include parent/carer contact details so that the lucky winner can be contacted on 11 January 2019.

Good luck!

How well do you know the castles and abbeys of Scotland?

The images below are taken from the Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland by Adam de Cardonnel and were drawn over two hundred years ago. How many can you recognise?

Click on the images to check your answers.

  1. You might have visited or you might have seen this one on TV… an easy one for starters:

 

2. An iconic seaside ruin:

 

3. A Borders’ gem:

 

4. A medieval fortress beside the Clyde:

 

5. Here’s one for all the Monty Python fans:

 

6. And finally, another easy one (?), a bit closer to home:

How many did you get?

You can view all the beautiful images from the Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland on Capital Collections.

Say what you see: name that book

So many of you enjoyed the ‘tougher than you’d think’ Tolkien or Ikea quiz last week we thought we’d give you a go at another round from this year’s Big Book Group Quiz.

How many book titles can you identify from these visual clues? Just say what you see people, say what you see.

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Once again many, many thanks to our friends at Blackwell’s Edinburgh who came up with these.

Christmas Quiz: Tolkien or Ikea?

Can you identify which words are characters from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and which are items of furniture from Ikea?

Take the quiz now!

This was one of the rounds in our annual Big Book Group Quiz, held in association with Blackwell’s Bookshop. Congratulations to winners “Two little ducks”, pictured below, this year’s book brains of Edinburgh.

2 little ducks

 

The Big Book Quiz of 2013

Just for fun.. here are some of the questions from our recent Edinburgh Reads Big Book Quiz. Warning – it’s not easy!

Check the answers here to see how many you get right.

1. Children’s author Judith Kerr celebrates her 90th birthday this year.Which two titular animals feature in her most famous books, one a picture book about an uninvited dinner guest, one a novel set during the Second World War?

Untitled2. Here’s the cover of a popular recent novel with the author and title taken off. Can you name the book and its author?

3. Earlier this year a new version of Sense and Sensibility was published. Who wrote it?

4. Which two comic book series were translated into Scots this year?

5. Piffy, Bing and Bird are the nicknames of which set of sisters?

6. The Scottish Book Trust held a public vote to decide the nation’s favourite Scottish novel of the past 50 years. Which book came out on top?

7. Which series of travel books is named after a thirteenth century Venetian traveller?

8. The latest Terry Pratchett novel shot straight to the top of the charts this year, beating Ian Rankin’s new book to the top spot. What is the latest Discworld novel called?

9. Ian Rankin’s new book obviously didn’t do too badly either. Can you name it?

10. This thriller was published in paperback in early January, and held a spot in the Official UK Top 50 until the middle of October, making it the most successful paperback novel of 2013. No doubt sales will pick up again once the film is released in 2014. What is the book, and who wrote it?

11. David Walliams has turned out to be one of Britain’s most successful children’s authors, and his latest novel, Demon Dentist, is still in the bestseller charts. Can you name two more novels by him?

12. Can you identify the popular children’s book from this picture clue?

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For the next few questions we’re looking for what these authors, books or characters have in common:

13. Arthur Conan Doyle, Anton Chekhov, W. Somerset Maugham

14. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Green Mile by Stephen King

15. Ulysses by James Joyce, After Dark by Haruki Murakami, Saturday by Ian McEwan

16. Anna Sewell, Harper Lee, Emily Bronte

17. Harry Potter, Tom Sawyer, Jane Eyre

18. Harry Potter travels to school in a train, departing from London Kings Cross. What is the platform number?

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19. Name the book title and author from this picture clue >

20. Finally, which poet was the first female Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom?

Congratulations to the “Fellowship of the Book Returns” team (pictured below), who answered enough of these questions on the night to be named Big Book Group Quiz Champs 2013.

And thanks once again to our friends at Blackwell’s for helping put the quiz together. Looking forward to next year already!

The book brains of Edinburgh!

The book brains of Edinburgh!

The Big Book Group Quiz is BACK!

It’s on! In association with Blackwell’s Bookshop we’re looking for the smartest book group in town. Could it be yours? And even if it’s not, we guarantee fun fun fun finding out.

Register your team of five bookish quizzers and maybe you’ll be the ones to take the title from reigning champs Portobello Book Group.

The quiz takes place at Central Library on Thursday 13th December, 6.30 – 7.45pm – so why not make it your book group’s Christmas night out? Call 0131 242 8046 or email annie.bell@edinburgh.gov.uk reserve your team’s place. If you’re struggling to get five people don’t worry, we’ll get you sorted out with a team.

Finally, just to get you in training, who said “A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke?” (Here’s a clue. It was a man…)

Film Festival Competition – results and winner

We had a fantastic response to our Filmfest competition, congratulations to our winner Marine Picard who wins two tickets for tonight’s screening of Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist”.  Thanks to all who entered – here are the answers:

1) Doctor Zhivago was premiered in Edinburgh in 1965.  Who wrote the novel? Boris Pasternak

2) Edith Wharton’s ‘House of Mirth’, premiered in 2000, was filmed on location in which East Lothian mansion? Gosford House

3) Which Edinburgh author wrote the ‘the Acid House’, premiered in 1998? Irvine Welsh

4) ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, premiered in 2004, was written by which Argentinean author? Ernesto “Che” Guevara 

5) A biopic called ‘The Edge of Love’, premiered in 2008, featured the life of a well-known poet: can you name him? Dylan Thomas 

6) Which short story by Leo Tolstoy was the subject of a film which premiered in 2008? The Kreutzer Sonata

7) ‘Hallam Foe’ by Peter Jinks, premiered in 2007, was filmed on location in which Edinburgh hotel? Some confusion over this: Both The Balmoral and The Caledonian Hotels were used as locations but the Balmoral is the location for both book and film! Both answers were permitted.

8  Pat Barker’s trilogy of books was filmed and premiered in 1997 in Edinburgh; can you name the title of this trilogy? Regeneration

9) Which famous horror story, written in 1818, was retrospectively filmed and premiered in 1991? Frankenstein

10) Two novels by Thomas Hardy were filmed and premiered in Edinburgh 1980 and 1996.  Can you name one of them? Tess of the d’Urbervilles or Jude the Obscure

11) An early film premiered in Edinburgh 1958 featured an ‘Old man and the Sea’.  Who wrote the book? Ernest Hemingway

12) Which of Shakespeare’s plays was retrospectively premiered in 1989 during the Edinburgh International Film Festival? Henry V

13) ‘Fear and Loathing….’ was premiered in 1998; in which American City? Las Vegas

14) Which story by Alberto Moravia premiered as a film in 1971? Il Conformista/The Conformist

More movie-related fun tomorrow…

The Skinny quiz…

theskinnylogoEach month we’ll be running a quiz in The Skinny magazine and posting the answers on our blog. Here’s the answers to the latest quiz:

1. The Rolling Stones
The Stones were rated 4th in Rolling Stone Magazine.  All time great artists.   The three ahead were Elvis,  Bob Dylan…and at No 1, The Beatles.

2. King Crimson
Larks Tongue in Aspic is a prog-rock classic from 1973. The title track is split into two parts and lasts a whopping 22 minutes.

3.  Limp Bizkit with Fred Durst on vocals, and on Sampler, DJ Lethal.

4.  Don McLean
His classic American Pie was covered (needlessly) by…

5  Madonna
…who has now acted in a staggering 22 movies, with Definitely Seeking Susan, the only really good one.

6. Oasis
Have had 8 Uk Number Ones  Can you name them ? Answers in the next quiz.

Don’t forget to check out our latest quiz in The Skinny magazine;  it’s now available in all of our libraries!  🙂