Adult Battle of the Books 2023



**Update 8/3/23: Registration for both Wednesday, 10/18 and Thursday, 10/19 is now closed. All available spots have been filled.**

Competitive readers, it is time to wipe off your reading glasses, sharpen your pencils and put on the coffee: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Adult Battle of the Books, the book-based trivia showdown, will return for 2023.

This year in October, we are embarking on a spooky theme for our title selections and, based on feedback, we’ve trimmed our list from ten to five titles!  

Adult Battle of the Books is a trivia game created by the career bookworms at CLP just for you, our book-loving city of literary champions. Teams of 3-5 readers have the summer to carefully read a list of five titles, then we gather in October for three rounds of trivia question about the people, places, and plots of those books, all while enjoying delicious food and beverages sold by our host Threadbare Cider House. 

For more information and to register your team for Battle of the Books, go here for Wednesday, October 18th and go here for Thursday, October 19th.

You can sign up for a free library card here. If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.     

If you’re looking for more book suggestions, we’re happy to recommend them to you! Use this Book Recommendation form to send us some information about what you like to read and we’ll curate a list just for you.    

If you have any additional questions, you can contact a librarian through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also call us at 412.622.3114 or email us at 

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

For Carlota Moreau, nothing is strange about her life on the estate or the work of her father, who engineers hybrid beings to carry out his will. Then Eduardo, son of a patron of Dr. Moreau, arrives for a visit, and Carlota begins to question what she’s been told.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and as eAudio on Libby. 

Empire of Wild

For the past year, Joan has mourned and searched for her missing husband Victor. Then she hears his voice in a revival tent erected in the middle of a Walmart parking lot. She’s sure it is Victor, but he doesn’t remember her. Joan must turn to the elders in her community to find what dark magic is at work on her husband and threatening others she knows and loves. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla, as eAudio on Hoopla, and as eAudio on Libby. 


A young Black girl goes missing in the woods outside her white Rust Belt town. But she’s not the first—and she may not be the last… It’s watching. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.



Vern escapes from a religious cult and into the woods, only to give birth alone and then undergo frightening and painful changes in her body. They lead her outside of the shelter of the forest and into a larger truth about where she lives.  

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby, as eAudio on Libby, and as eAudio on Hoopla. 

White Cat, Black Dog

Because of the alchemy of Kelly Link’s imagination, old tales, ballads and folklore transform into fresh stories that delight, surprise, and evoke shivers of the uncanny. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and as eAudio on Libby.