Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tournament of Books 2017

Morning News Tournament of Books
13th Rooster Award for best fiction
sponsored by Field Notes and Powell's
short list & judges (here)

IN MARCH download your bracket for the short list (here)
AND follow along each day

... We say this time and time again, tough year buttressed by tough year, the ToB is not an award. It’s not a contest. We’re not even sure it’s a “tournament.” What it has been and will be, as long as we’re putting it on, is a month-long conversation about novels and reading and writing and art that takes place on weekdays in March. But that’s not all. Because what also happen is readers freak out, fall out with each other, and fall back in love. Fight over little things, fight over big things, altogether dig deep into what makes something good or not. This is what keeps us going, the point of it all, that together we celebrate the extraordinary act of transferring the human experience that is writing and reading and discussing fiction, and if it’s not clear already, yes, this month-long silly thing is part stunt, part goof, part circus, but we are motherfucking serious about books...

I LOVE this annual event and plan on reading (or listening to audio version) most of these.

IF you have read any of these, feel free to comment.

The Shortlist:

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Black Wave
by Michelle Tea
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
by Max Porter
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

High Dive
by Jonathan Lee
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

by Yaa Gyasi
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Mister Monkey
by Francine Prose
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads | my review

by Michael Chabon
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

The Mothers
by Britt Bennett
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

My Name Is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Nix
by Nathan Hill
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

The Sport of Kings
by C.E. Morgan
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Sudden Death
by Álvaro Enrigue,
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Sweet Lamb of Heaven
by Lydia Millet
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

The Throwback Special
by Chris Bachelder
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Underground Raidroad
by Colson Whitehead
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

The Vegetarian
by Han Kang
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

Version Control
by Dexter Palmer
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads

We Love You, Charlie Freeman
by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Powells | Amazon | Goodreads


And the winner is...

revealed in April


  1. How fun! I'm only vaguely familiar with Moonglow. The Sport of Kings looks good. Have fun with your month long tourny!

  2. The Nix has been on my tbr list, and I'm curious about a couple on the list - notably Black Wave. Wish I could chime in with better input but all these titles are largely new to me lol Enjoy your TOB <3


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