The Morning News has announced its sweet sixteen, the competitors in the The 2010 Tournament of Books. Throughout March, a panel of esteemed judges will oversee a series of cage matches. Two books enter the ring, but only one advances, until finally a sole victor stands triumphant.
Obligatory local angle: Among this year’s judges is David Gutowski, who runs the music and culture blog Largehearted Boy.
This year’s contestants are:
- 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
Bonus points if you recognize the St Paul author on that list.
The tournament begins March 9. Get reading.–David E