March Madness for books
If you're more interested in Didion's Blue Nights than Duke's Blue Devils but still love the victory-by-elimination nature of competitive bracketology, we've got good news: The eighth annual Tournament of Books begins tomorrow.
The March Madness-style competition, run by culture blog The Morning News, pits the 16 most acclaimed novels of the past year against one another in a tournament-like face-off. Each weekday through the end of the month, one literary-minded judge will be assigned two books. In a careful, often funny written assessment, he or she picks the "best," which advances to the next round. The eight remaining books then go head-to-head, and so on, until a winner is decided.
Past champions include Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and last year saw a fierce final showdown between Freedom and A Visit from the Goon Squad.
This year's list is equally exciting. Heavy hitters like The Marriage Plot or State of Wonder could take home the coveted "rooster" prize. Though first novels like The Tiger's Wife or The Art of Fielding (our pick) might prove more ambitious to judges.
Tune in daily to follow the competition and use this handy bracket to place your bets.