Friday, January 10, 2014

Cock-a-Doodle: Tournament of Books!



I loooooove the Tournament of Books, so imagine how excited was when ToB announced the books in the running for this year's prize! Not familiar with the Tournament? Here's some more info...
In case you’re new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event here at TheMorning News, where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale.
In March, these novels will be seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision. Along the way, our ToB Chairmen, authors Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner, will weigh in with commentary, and you, the readers, will add your own.
It's soooo much better than basketball, you guys! Here's the list of contenders in this literary blood sport.

Finalists for the 2014 Tournament of Books:

  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarc√≥n
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  • Hill William by Scott McClanahan
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
  • [Winner of the Pre-Tournament Playoff Round]
Pre-Tournament Playoff Round
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
Judges include people like...
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • John Green
  • and other exceedingly cool people
How many have you read? Any plans to read any of these books in the near future? I'm itching to try The Luminaries, A Tale for the Time Being, and The Goldfinch is staring from my shelves. The only books I've read from this list are Eleanor and Park and Life After Life. It should be a great competition!

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