Thursday, January 14, 2010

Follow the Tournament

"Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer."
—John O'Hara


from The Morning News The Tournament of Books

The tournament begins in March.

“Each spring we take 16 celebrated novels from the previous year and seed them into a competitive bracket like the kind used in the N.C.A.A. basketball championship. A group of judges is enlisted, and the tournament plays out over the course of five rounds of matches in March. Each match sees two books battling head-to-head in brutal combat, with a judge explaining how he or she has chosen to move one of them to the next round.”

NPR story about the tournament

The 2010 list of sixteen books.


The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood

The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker

Fever Chart, by Bill Cotter

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, by Apostolos Doxiadis

The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver

Big Machine, by Victor Lavalle

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore

Miles from Nowhere, by Nami Mun

That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo

Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower

Lowboy, by John Wray


I’ve only read one book, but intend to read more of the books on the list.

Follow the tournament at
The Morning News

"Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
—William Faulkner

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