Go Fish — For Book Nerds!
“Notable Novelists of the 20th Century” is essentially just the classic card game Go Fish, but the sets you’re trying to build and match are authors.
Eighteen noted authors – Edith Wharton, James Baldwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Roberto Bolano, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, John Cheever, William Faulkner, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, Vladmir Nabokov, D.H. Lawrence, Saul Bellow, James Joyce, E.M. Forster, and Richard Wright – are featured on a series of cards. For each author, there’s an Author card (which featured a cleverly drawn cartoon-ish image of the author), a Bio card (which has a fact or two about said author), and a Library card (which features a few of their selected titles.)
At the start of the game, each player is dealt four cards. Your goal is to complete the three-card set for each author. So, for example, if after the original cards are dealt you find yourself with the Vonnegut Author and Bio card, you’d go looking to see who had the Vonnegut Library card. Once you have all three cards in an author set, you lay it down. The winner is the person with the most sets once all the cards are gone.
Creators Gina Manola, Nick Rudd, and Townes Durbin have obviously taken their time in creating this game, and the artwork is lovely. I’m sure narrowing down all the authors that could have been included into just these eighteen was tricky, but I appreciate the diversity of the authors selected. (Where else are Edith Wharton and Kurt Vonnegut going to share the same space?)
As someone who digs learning about authors, I really enjoy the game. For my friends who aren’t as book-crazed, it’s like playing Go Fish, which is always fun. So really, it’s a win all around. I recommend it as a gift for the special booknerd in your life.