A novel romance: Great expectations for this lit-focused singles night

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High school nerds, take heart — grow up, move to Brooklyn, and you will no longer be forever alone.

That’s the ethos behind Geek Love, a singles mixer and trivia night for brainy literary types hosted by gleefully geeky writers Emma Straub and Teddy Wayne.

Conversations about favorite Bronte sisters are likely to abound. Impress the crowd with your answer to a tricky question about William Gaddis, and earn what we expect will be an almost guaranteed makeout session namedropping Italo Calvino.

But be prepared to reject more than a few cute, bespeckled smarties at this powerHouse Arena event in DUMBO.

“The trivia is a low-pressure way to get to know one another without having the more complicated aspect of speed dating,” said Suzanne Russo, the cofounder and director of event organizers Lit Crawl NYC. “The table might talk about why one person might know the answer to one odd question.

Couples can come, too, but most people who have RSVPed are singles. Unlike most trivia nights, the teams can’t be picked out in advanced; the competitors will be assigned at random, with ice-breaking mingling time before and after.

Sometimes, the epilogue’s the best part.

“Geek Love” at powerHouse Arena [37 Main St., at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666–3049,]. April 1, 9 pm, April 7, 7 pm, $15.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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