Game of Totes: Canvas Is Coming

Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know of totes? Totes that stack a hundred high in your tiny Brooklyn apartment, totes in every color for every feeling, totes that hold other totes inside themselves.

But do you wonder if there is one literary tote bag to rule them all?

This April, Electric Literature and Vol. 1 Brooklyn will unite to answer that question, putting to rest the question that book fans have been wondering for ages: who makes the greatest tote bag of them all?

Who should sit atop the canvas throne in the greatest battle between unfastened bags with parallel handles? Who will win the Game of Totes? We want your advice! We’re looking for submissions by Monday, March 30th. What we need is a picture of the literary tote and your reasons why you think it is the best tote bag on the planet. On April 6th, we will unveil the entrants to the tournament, and ask you, the reader, to vote on which 12 will make it to the next round, to be judged by a panel of experts. Finally, on April 20th at Housing Works in the island fortress of Manhattan we will host the final round of the Game of Totes to find out whose bag can hold the most books, stand up to the worst public transportation condition, and hold the most kittens. Well maybe we won’t do the kitten thing, but there will probably be pictures of cats and/or direwolves in tote bags!

Send nominations to jason [at] vol1brooklyn.com.

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