Literary Speed Dating

Literary Speed Dating

This just happened on a TV show on ABC.

You have to take a book with you, no particular specifications but the characters on the TV show seemed to think the best track was a book that says something about you as a person.

Fast forward to the event, each pairing gets 30 SECONDS together! In the spirit of fairness, that’s 15 seconds each to talk about your book and decide if you’re interested.

Totally fucking crazy, but I’m already in love with this idea.


  • Anything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, there’s some great perspective on life (the universe and everything!) in here, and it’s FUNNY, and spacey wacey!
  • The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman, let’s explore the tumultuous nature of growing up and living through things that you don’t understand but have to, plus it’s so Gaimany! 
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, close to me because it’s the first Vonnegut I ever read and the worst of humanity never learn, man. It’s chilling to think maybe they never will. Man.
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne. M. Valente, how much time have we got? *DEEP BREATH* (it’s a long title! I LOVE VALENTE!)
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan, if you don’t want your mind blown, don’t even sit down, motherfucker, I’m about to to explain the distance of a lightyear in terms you can quantify.

Then again, maybe 30 seconds is ample. Because if you’re connecting with someone about the medium of literature, that’s immediate and electric. You will make the connection, with something like 28 seconds to spare.

(I actually just bought that badge because SO COOL.)


I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating was such a fun party to throw. Hosts Dan Wilbur and Jo Firestone kicked the night off with a demonstration of how not to date…and we think it worked, by the lovely stories of connections being reported to us this morning. Thanks to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for partnering with us. Thanks to Dan and Jo for keeping us laughing. Thanks to Jesse Chan-Norris for capturing the night. And thanks to the 90+ book lovers who came out, met, and mingled. We’ll do it again.