Tag Archives: Tournament of Books

A Little Jousting at the Tournament of Books

The Tournament of Books is off and running with a rousing opener, complete with intrigue, insults, and innuendo—who could ask for more? Each year the ToB opens with a pre-Tournament playoff round, a kind of throat-clearing to get readers in the groove, let them dust off their commenting IDs, and prepare everyone to sling a […]

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Book Award Bingo?

If I had a little more time on my hands, or at least a little more patience, this would be the time to make up some cards for Book Award Bingo. Short lists are out this week from the National Book Critics Circle, The Tournament of Books, and my perennial favorite award ceremony, The Story […]

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Heeeere Comes the Rooster: The Tournament of Books Longlist

The long list for the 2014 Tournament of Books is up; let the opining begin. Out of the 90-odd novels listed I’ve read eight, own another four, and have six or so more either on library hold or vaguely wishlisted. That means I stand a half decent shot of being able to hold forth in […]

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Sunday Links, November 24, 2013

James McBride has won the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. The Washington Post has published its list of the 10 best books of the year. Kirkus offers its list of the best books of the year. It’ll be time for the Tournament of Books soon. Any thoughts on what books […]

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March Madness: The Tournament of Books Is Here!

It’s that time of year again – no, not that basketball nonsense. The first round of the Morning News Tournament of Books kicks off tomorrow with a match-up between Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time and Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. Color commentators John Warner and Kevin Guilfoyle preview this year’s […]

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Contenders: The Story Prize and the Tournament of Books

One of the best things January has going for it, other than the fact of having gotten through the holidays intact, is the announcement of the finalists in two of my favorite book contests: The Story Prize and the Morning News Tournament of Books. Both of them manage to hit the interface between serious and […]

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March Madness Approacheth: The 2011 Tournament of Books

Get ready for March Madness, boys and girls! The 16 Tournament of Books finalists have been announced, along with judges and bracket dates. The contest begins on March 7, which gives you plenty of time to read… well, some of them. And illustrator Jennifer Daniel, friend of the Rooster, has created an infographically handsome and […]

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Tournament of Books Ro(o)ster

Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for: the 2011 Tournament of Books roster! I mean rooster. No, wait, I do mean roster. Books filling the coveted brackets are: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender Nox by Anne Carson Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky Room by Emma Donoghue A Visit From the Goon […]

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The Slumbering Rooster Twitches

… And you know what that means. The 2011 Tournament of Books longlist is up, and there’s a whole lot of good stuff on it. Hosted by The Morning News and sponsored by Field Notes, the Tournament of Books is more than a best-book-of-the-year award. It’s a conversation, a colloquy, with gentlemanly debate and due […]

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

This was the week that packed the one-two punch of fall literary awards, with the Nobel Prize in Literature announced on Thursday and the Man Booker winner named yesterday. The Nobel ruffled no feathers this time around, with their choice of Peruvian writer and politician Mario Vargas Llosa. He’s a popular enough figure not to […]

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