As March Madness gears up, there is another tournament for those who prefer a good book to the basketball court. ("March Madness for the Book Rolls On," New York Times, March 18, 2013
). Since 2005, the Morning News
has sponsored its Tournament of Books
complete with brackets, opening rounds, quarterfinals and of course, ultimately a champion. Sixteen novels published in 2012 face off in one-on-one matches decided by a panel of judges. Some of the early results in the opening round and quarterfinals are below; don’t miss the championship round March 29.
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl
beat out underdog Ivyland
by Miles Klee
Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son
squeezed past Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Hilary Mandel’s Bring Up the Bodies
triumphed over Laurent Binet’s HHhH
How Should a Person Be?
by Sheila Heti edged past Lauren Goff’s Arcadia