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BookBuffet Introduces LSD: Literary Speed Dating


Have You Tried LSD?

BookBuffet launches LSD - Literary Speed Dating in Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC starting this May. It's not a new concept -- in fact there are 880,000 google search results. "The point is, it's not just for singles—it's for people who want to connect on an intellectual level," says BookBuffet President Paula Shackleton who has been touting the idea since she first saw [regular] speed dating in a Santa Monica bar in 2002.

Whether you're an occassional reader or an avid bibliophile, there's bound to be people just like you. Come and join the fun. 8:00-10:30 pm all locations.

Tickets $10 and your first drink FREE, courtesy of Bacardi. Try our Hemingway Shooters or the In Cold Bloody Marys or why not an Emma Martini? Rub shoulders with celebrity authors and local book publishers. Here's how it works...


April 08, 2006

Literary Speed Dating

Speed dating is getting a new literary twist courtesy of Online dating and speed dating have been around for a few years, but LSD will give people an excuse to flex their intellectual muscle with this fun focus. Not a literary giant? No problem. You'll be using our LSD dating cards [just a quickie mock-up] with fun ice-breaker questions.  

"We can't think of a more fun way to meet people, discuss books, and who knows—meet your soul-mate, or in the least start a mixed book group, and keep reading, discussing and enjoying the vicarious pleasures of books," says BookBuffet President, Paula Shackleton.  

Location Location Location

  • Vancouver May 25th at Fiction, 3162 W. Broadway
  • Victoria June at Smith, [brand new venue!]
  • Whistler July at Garfinkle

Easy As 1, 2, 3.

  1. Buy Tickets Online $10 USD online, $15.00 at the door
  2. Download and fill out the LSD Dating Card. We've compiled fun questions to break the ice and that allow you to explore that literary-side. You don't need to be a scholar or even an avid reader because it is all about meeting people and establishing a rapore through the idea of books.
  3. Come prepared to meet a new person every 5 minutes and then tally your results at the end and voilà  !!


Be bold. It doesn't matter what you read, just that you have interesting insights and opinions.

Don't be a snob. The point is to meet people and have fun. Don't go screaming for cover when you sit down and discover the other person's favorite author is Ayne Rand or J.K Rowling.

Likewise, if you've got a shrine to Joyce in your bedroom, go easy on the person who says, "Ulysses who?" - think of all the unexplored territory there will be!

Smooze with everyone, and take the opportunity to meet our celebrity authors. 


Meet Authors - Win Prizes

Indigenous BeastsLocal authors such as John Vaillant, The Golden Spruce, (Random House, Knopf) and Nathan Sellyn, Indigenous Beasts (Raincoast Books). John is being heralded as the Canadian equivalent of Krakaur or Junger (Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm) And Nathan writes sexy, daring and raw fiction reminiscent of Raymond Carver (Where I'm Calling From).

Win books for your new book group and other prizes.

Your Speed Dating Card

Here's an example of a typical ice-breaker question:  

Question:If you could be any literary character, who would you choose?

Answer Gals:

  • Ophelia in Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Estella in Great Expectations by Dickens
  • Catherine in Wuthering Heights by Bronte
  • Emma in [you guessed it]Emma by Jane Austen
  • Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’ by Capote
  • Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair by Thackeray

Answer Guys:

  • Don Juan in Don Juan by Byron
  • Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Peekay in The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream by Shakespeare
  • John Gault in Atlas Shrugged by Ayne Rand
  • Beowulf Beowulf by an AngloSaxon epic writer in the 7-10th century

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