August 12, 2011 "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" to Be Published Aug. 23

Online Progressive Story Game at Becomes a Book

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221,

"The Exquisite Corpse Adventure,” which began as an online story of 27 biweekly installments, will soon be available in book form from Candlewick Press.

This story-game was a collaboration between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, one of the center’s reading-promotion partners. The story was originally available at, a Library of Congress website devoted to books, reading, literacy and libraries.

“The Exquisite Corpse Adventure” is a buoyant, spontaneous experiment--a progressive story-game like those played by children where one person begins a story, stops at a cliffhanging moment, and the next person picks it up and continues until everyone in the group has the opportunity to contribute. And just as in those games, the contributors to “The Exquisite Corpse” invented characters that spontaneously erupted out of their imaginations; plotlines that tumbled forth, some realized, some lost; and conflicts with no logical solution in sight. The story is about two kids, Joe and Nancy, from the circus whose parents are caught in another dimension.

The contributors to “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure” are some of America’s most gifted artists and storytellers: M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate Di Camillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Lemony Snicket, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Dusen.

More information about “The Exquisite Corpse,” including links to accompanying educational materials, is available at “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure” from Candlewick Press will be available at local libraries and bookstores in hard or soft cover beginning Aug. 23.

Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress ( has become a major national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides leadership for 52 affiliated state centers for the book (including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and nonprofit reading-promotion partners and plays a key role in the Library’s annual National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library’s website and administers the Library’s Young Readers Center.

The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit education and advocacy organization created in 1997 by award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. The NCBLA acts as a freelance, nonpartisan advocate, creating and developing special projects and events that promote literacy, literature, libraries, humanities and the arts; educating the public about practical literacy and education solutions; and ensuring young people’s right to read. The NCBLA believes that literacy is essential to the development of responsible citizens in a democracy. The NCBLA’s latest project, “Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out,” is an award-winning book for young people designed as an engaging solution to help confront historical illiteracy. Through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NCBLA has also created a companion educational website for “Our White House” at External. For more information about the NCBLA, go to External.


PR 11-145
ISSN 0731-3527