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Our Books,Their Books
A Quiz on Popular Fiction by
VENKATESH SRINIVASAN and
THIS QUIZ IS ABOUT
James Joyce Hadley Chase
Sidney Poitier Sheldon
John Steinbeck Grisham
Harold Pinter Robbins
SOME GROUND RULES
42 questions, all-written, for Teams of 2
*-marked questions to resolve ties
No negatives, please take guesses
Prizes for the Top 3 teams
This quiz was held at the KQA on Oct 20, 2013 for
teams of 2
The winning score was 30.5 on 42
1. Paper magazines of the late 19th century, such as
Weird Tales and The Strand, Argosy Magazine and The
Popular Magazine, which featured the work
of authors like H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R.
Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, gave rise to which
3. The Pierpont Inn was a hotel built in Ventura,
California back in 1910, by Josephine Pierpont. It soon
became a haunt of the elite crowd, especially
filmmakers who took breaks from their shooting.
In 1933, which lawyer set his first book at the Pierpont
Inn, since it was just down the road from his office?
Name the book as well
Erle Stanley Gardener
The Case of the Velvet Claws
4. Identify the publishing house from its logo. The
advertising for their second book in 2010 went like this,
“A young woman’s fascination with blue films leads to A
BIZARRE MURDER! A bloodline of debauched maharajas falls prey to AN EVIL CURSE! A beautiful girl uses
karate to retrieve A STOLEN IDOL! 7 THRILL- ING
tales .....from 7 Indian and Singaporean masters of
ACTION, SUSPENSE, and HORROR!”
*5. Identify the creator of this TV series that ran for 5
seasons from 1965-70. The story is about a United States
astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he
stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie.The
creator also won an Oscar in 1948 for Best Writing,
8. An extract from a New York Times article in 2009. Fill
in the blanks with two names
There are certain writers whose prolificacy seems to have little
connection with supply and demand. In this category are people
like _____ _____, the author of 1,500 pulp paperbacks, written in
(an Indian language), and Kathleen Lindsay (aka Mary Faulkner),
who once made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with
904 books written in 45 years. The romance novelist ______
_______seems positively idle by comparison. She wrote, in many
cases dictated, about 700 books, achieving the inconceivable feat of
leaving 160 novels “unpublished” at the time of her death.
9. This is Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå – the largest news
agency in Scandinavia. Who, after his return from
Eritrea, where he was training a squad of female
Eritrean People's Liberation Front guerrillas, served as
graphic designer in this agency from 1977-1999?
14. Carl Laemmle was a pioneer in American film making
and a founder of one of the original major Hollywood
movie studios – Universal. Which 1949 book, set in the
early 20th century, a "rags-to-riches" story of a penniless
young man who goes to Hollywood and builds a great
film studio, is based on Laemelle? The title of the book is
a colloquial / media term used to describe people in the
*15. Inspector Virkar has made his debut recently in a
book called Compass Box Killer, by film director Piyush Jha.
His first book had three crime novellas compiled into one,
all set in the same city. It was described as,
“3 fiction stories+ one real city+ one author cum
explorer= A brilliant piece of work.”
Name the book
*20. A 66-year old author’s response below to an oftenasked question, “Are you still writing?”. The author is
considered the fourth best-selling author of all time and
holds the record for the best-selling author alive. Who?
“What this does is that it immediately puts my writing into the
category as a hobby. As in, are you still taking piano lessons,
doing macrame, have a parrot? I don’t have a huge ego about
my work, but let’s face it, for me it is a job. A job I love, and I
have been doing it since I was 19 years old. I have been in the
Guinness book of world records repeatedly for having a book
on the bestseller list for more weeks consecutively than
whoever.Yes, for Heaven’s sake, I am still writing.”
24. Founded by Barry Sheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992,
the Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization
that uses DNA-evidence to free wrongly convicted
Which author is on its Board of Directors and profiled a
case in one of his non-fiction books? Name the book
*25. Who is the most famous name missing from this list
of people from the late 19th/early 20th century?
• Frederic Dorr Steele
• Richard Gutschmidt
• Josef Friedrich
• Frank Wiles
• W. H. Hyde
• Frederic H. Townsend
• Arthur Twidle
• Gilbert Halliday
• Joseph Simpson
• H. M. Brock
• Alec Ball
• Walter ____
• Alfred Gilbert
• Howard K. Elcock
Sidney Paget – illustrators for the Sherlock Holmes
26. This character was never referred to by his Christian
name until it was revealed on the last page of the
penultimate book, 'Death is Now My Neighbour' in 1996.
While the publishers insisted the author should reveal the
character's name, the author admitted he didn't have the
faintest idea – a fact which led to intense speculation and
considerable odds at the bookmakers William Hill. It was
the author's wife who came up with the answer, partly
inspired by a famous explorer's ship and finding a list of
names drawn from Christian virtues.
Name the character (full name) and the author
28. They are the ancestors to today’s popular paperbacks.
The correct name for them according to some historians
should be just X novels and not Y novels.
This is because the first Y, was opened by F. W.
Woolworth in 1879, but the X (which was unlikely to be
found in a respectable establishment like Woolworth's)
had a long history reaching back well over a generation
What are X and Y?
31. Geoffrey Yates was originally a PR person for Qantas
Airlines in Australia, before turning to writing pulp. He wrote
westerns, sci-fi space operas, and romance weepies. His
novels were the Swinging Sixties at their sleaziest. His
success even spawned a French award for ‘The most whiskies
drunk in a single round’ He was truly prolific as ______
_____, writing 322 books. Fill in the blanks
32. His book Striptease was made
into a movie. The book was ok. The
movie was not – It won the Razzie
for Worst Picture of 1996.
He is also the author of a book on a
corporation that according to him
“…is so good at being good that it
manifests an evil; so uniformly
efficient and courteous, so
dependably clean and conscientious,
so unfailingly entertaining that it's
Who? What’s this book about?
33. The series has a lot of similarities to the James Bond
novels. Like M, there’s David Hawk as the head of AXE,
Hawk's personal secretary Della Strokes, a character
similar to Moneypenny - flirtatious but serious, and
Poindexter, AXE's equivalent to Q.
This spy series was published from 1964 until 1990.
Either give the author’s name, or the name of the series.
I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the
kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to
go through ____ than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of
- Matthew 19:23-26
What five word phrase will fill the blank to give a 1979
Edgar Award winning novel, that revolved around an Allied
counter-intelligence operation during World War II?
*35. He looks much like
one of the classier hoods in
one of his books. He began
his career translating James
Hadley Chase into Hindi.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap
reportedly grew up wanting
to be him.
Who is this grandmaster of
Hindi Pulp, who allegedly
coined the word ‘company’
that is common in
underworld slang today?
36. Gulshan Nanda apparently copied the story from the
Cornell Woolrich book. The movie based on his book got a
slew of nominations and won the Filmfare Best Actress Award
for Asha Parekh. What was it called?
• Dashiell Hammett’s first was "The Road Home",
December 1922 under name Peter Collinson.
• Erle Stanley Gardner's first was "The Shrieking
Skeleton," under the pen name Charles M. Green in the
December 15, 1923 issue
• Raymond Chandler’s first was "Blackmailers Don't
Shoot", published in 1933.
What publication connects?
Lester Dent, who wrote most of the adventures,
described his hero as a cross between “Sherlock Holmes
with his deducting ability, Tarzan of the Apes with his
towering physique and muscular ability, Craig Kennedy
with his scientific knowledge, and Abraham Lincoln with
Which character, who was created in order to capitalise
on the success of The Shadow?
The picture and text are from a 2005 obituary: Befitting
an author who lived most of his 78 years primarily under
two different identities -- those of ___ _____ and Evan
Hunter -- although neither of those was his real name. He
was born to Italian parents as Salvatore Alberto
Who are we talking about?
Once, when T.S. Eliot was asked by an interviewer what
were the two most important changes in his life, he
responded “I prefer Claret to Burgundy and I prefer X to
In doing so Eliot had moved on from someone with a
Gallic style and panache, who often did good while
operating on the wrong side of the law, to a Belgian who
was a strong believer in moral justice.
Identify X and Y.
Cartier Diamond Dagger Award
Given to authors who have made an outstanding
lifetime's contribution to the crime genre; past
winners include the likes of Sue Grafton, Elmore
Leonard, and Frederick Forsyth.