Just about everyone knows that Ken Jennings is a trivia master. He is the highest-earning “Jeopardy!” champ. At the same time, he has severed as a consulting producer and interim host on the classic quiz show. He has also gone on to appear in “Masterminds” and “The Chase,” as well as several other shows. His wealth of knowledge has made him a household name. However, some may not know that he is also a prolific writer.
Lately, Ken Jennings has been flexing his literary muscle in short bursts on social media. However, that’s only a tiny sample of his real writing chops. In fact, the trivia champ has written a dozen books since his record-breaking “Jeopardy!” run.
Ken Jennings – New York Times Bestselling Author
Ken Jennings has written twelve books. His first, fittingly, was about trivia. Jennings wrote “Brainiac” shortly after his 74-episode “Jeopardy!” run. It hit shelves in 2006. The book chronicles the year he spent traveling the country looking for pockets of fellow trivia enthusiasts. That journey took him from Irish pubs to college campuses. The book also discusses why we’re all so intrigued by trivia as well as the long history of competitive trivia, according to his website.
His next book, “Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac,” came out two years later. It is the biggest collection of trivia produced in any medium in America. The book contains trivia questions and answers for every day of the year. So, not only is it a book full of trivia but it is also a giant history lesson. There are almost nine thousand bits of trivial knowledge crammed between the covers of the book.
Ken Jennings is a self-described map nerd. It is in this spirit that he wrote the 2011 book, “Maphead,” the follow up to his first book. At this time, Jennings travels the country to connect with fellow geography enthusiasts.
In his 2012 book, Ken Jennings tackles one of the most hotly-debated topics: parenting. With “Because I Said So!” Jennings digs into parenting myths that we’ve all heard over the years. He looks at things like “Your face will stick like that,” and the pervasive childhood threat of the “permanent record,” among others. He isn’t just lending his opinion on the topics, though. Jennings brings scientific facts and medical cast studies to the table to debunk some of the biggest parenting myths.
His latest book came out in 2018. In “Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture,” Jennings looks at the centuries-long history of comedy. Also, the book takes a look at how being funny has become one of the most desirable traits for humans.
Jennings Is for the Children
Ken Jennings’ love of trivia didn’t start when he stepped onto the “Jeopardy!” stage. It all began when he was a child. He would watch “Jeopardy!” every day after school. Later, he would go on to be the star player on several quiz teams throughout his highs school and college years. With his series of children’s books, Jennings hopes to inspire the love of trivia in a whole new generation of young people.
His “Junior Genius” series covers a wide variety of topics. Titles in this series include “Maps and Geography,” “Greek Mythology,” “U.S. Presidents,” “Outer Space,” “The Human Body,” “Ancient Egypt,” and “Dinosaurs.”
These books aren’t just packed with facts, according to Ken Jennings’ website. They contain all manner of activities. Kids can get lessons, recipes, activities, and art projects from each book. Jennings hopes to inform and entertain children to foster a hunger for knowledge from a young age.
It seems like Ken Jennings is just getting started. Currently, he is all over television quiz shows. If his previous schedule is any indication, there’s a good chance there’s another book on the horizon. At the same time, fans are clamoring to have him as the full-time host on “Jeopardy!” In short, Jennings has turned his deep love of trivia into a lucrative career. At the same time, he is sharing that love with fans of all ages.