Pubs and writers go together like ham and cheese, like fish and chips, like Brendan Behan and a pint of plain. Now the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library are hosting "Plots & Pints: A Pub Quiz for the Minnesota literature," a fun time that is also a fund-raiser for the annual Minnesota Book Awards.

The quiz, which also honors the awards' 25th anniversary, will take place at 7 p.m. Thrusday, Feb. 21, at O'Gara's Bar & Grill, 164 N. Snelling Av., St. Paul.

The host, fittingly, will be Jeff Kamin, last year's Minnesota Book Awards emcee and the moderator of the roving hipster bookclub Books and Bars.

Teams of up to four members will answer questions about Minnesota's literary history in seven categories: geography, crime, music, Minnesota Book Awards, 1988 (the year the awards were established), politics and, for those who like their books illustrated, there will be a visual round.

The entry fee is $200 per team, with $160 of that tax-deductable; participants will receive a snack and a pint and there will be prizes for the top scoring teams.

To register your team, call the Friends of the Library at 651-222-3242 or register online at

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