Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Madness

All of the NCAA fans out there are tingling with delight today because it marks the beginning of March Madness!  Meh, myself...I could really care less about college basketball (although I do loyally watch IU lose on a fairly regular basis).  What has caught my eye is The Morning News Tournament of Books which comes complete with brackets for people to predict the winning novels!  What an ingenious way to market some of the great books of the year!  Here's the matches that have occurred thus far (winners are in bold):

  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen vs. Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
  • Room by Emma Donoghue vs. Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky
  • Savages by Don Winslow vs. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan vs. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
  • Nox by Anne Carson vs. Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
  • Next by James Hynes vs. So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
  • Super Sad True Love Story by James Hynes vs. Model Home by Lionel Shriver 
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender vs. Bloodroot by Amy Greene

Now onward to the Quarterfinals!  Last year's champion was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which narrowly beat out The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  How fun!  I'll definitely be keeping up with this tournament...any guesses as to which books will be in the championship round?

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