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Tournament of Books

March 9, 2009

The Morning News has launched their fifth annual Tournament of Books.  The first match has been completed and, as expected, the #1 seed 2666 by Roberto Bolaño swiftly defeated the lesser known 4th seed, Steer Toward Rock by Fae Myenne Ng: a tale of Chinese-American identity.

The tournament bracket lists the four #1 seeds in what appears to be their overall rank: 2666 by Bolaño, The White Tiger–the Man Booker Prize winner– by Aravind Adiga, Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen, and A Mercy by Toni Morrison.  There are sure to be upsets and two zombie contestants are resurrected in the semi-final round to compete with a still-living book.

Previous winners include The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Accidental by Ali Smith, and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Stay tuned to The Morning News for updates in the progress of the tournament.  It promises to be an exciting precursor to the better known tournament in March.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. kolby permalink
    March 9, 2009 10:53 am

    I like this tournament much better than the one that will soon instigate social interactions we would rather not have in offices across the nation. If only there were office pools for this.

    Is it wrong to take strong rooting interests here? Three of my favorite have been clustered in the top bracket, while The (disappointing) Northern Clemency (Duke?) loiters on the other side of the draw. This is almost as cool as the NYT’s soccer blog’s Writer’s Ultimate XI. Strong to quite strong in the literary department, but I think my Friday morning pub team could take them.

    http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/07/ultimate-xi-writers-can-play-too/

  2. March 9, 2009 11:08 am

    I think having rooting interests with this tournament is completely justifiable. Most people choose their favorite sports teams based on geographical factors, or the fact that they like a coach or group of players. Choosing a book is a much more personal, individual choice so it would be difficult to not take sides.

    Having read only half of one of the books, I suppose my choice is limited to that one. Go 2666 Go!

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