Literary b-ball league is booked solid

The Brooklyn Paper

Are you desperately searching for a way to combine books and basketball, the two loves of your life? Wait, don’t answer.

Just because you think you’re ready for the Word bookstore basketball league doesn’t mean the league is ready for you. First, you’ll need to take a quiz:

1. Who wrote “Ulysses”?

2. What is the best selling book of all time?

3. What is J.D. Salinger’s most well-known book?

4. Name a book that has been banned in the United States in the last 100 years.

5. What is your favorite book?

OK, they’re not tough questions, but they do set the tone for something unusual, even by Brooklyn’s standards.

Both the application and the book-themed league are the brainchild of Stephanie Anderson, owner of Word bookstore, and, as such, the league’s referee. She says the league started as a joke, but a quick post on the store’s blog received more than a hundred responses.

“I had no idea so many people could answer those questions and wanted to play basketball,” she said.

And play they do. Games are serious and fast paced, without being overly competitive.

“It’s so much fun, everyone is low key,” said Faith Black, a book editor for Avalon Books and captain of her team, “Mrs. Balloway.”

Other teams include “The Purple Pros” and the “Virginia Wolves.”

The city game — with an urbane approach.

Games every Sunday at 10:30 am and Wednesday at 7:30 pm on the basketball court across from Word bookstore [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096].

Reader Feedback

illiterate from bklyn says:
So what are the answers?
July 21, 2009, 2:32 pm
Amy from Greenpoint says:
Balloway represent!
July 21, 2009, 4:55 pm
New Team Name from BKLYN says:
I want to start a team that sucks! and call it "OFF Constantly" so every time we lose the winning team can chant- We beat "OFF CONSTANTLY" !
July 21, 2009, 5:17 pm
Jeffrey Beaumont from Williamsburg says:
Just one slight correction: the team in white with the punctuation marks is actually called The Elements of Style, not the Magnificent Strunks. However, its members refer to each other, as Strunks.
July 21, 2009, 5:41 pm
Bob from Brooklyn Heights says:
Our team name is "With Ourselves."

So when someone on the opposing team asks another player on the opposing team who they are playing, the person in the know can say "We are playing With Ourselves."
July 21, 2009, 11:31 pm

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