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20th February
written by Steph
If you're into this kind of thing and are planning to play along with this year's Tournament of Books, the official bracket has now been posted over at The Morning News, along with info on the esteemed judges who will be overseeing all of the matches.  Being such a non-sports person, I can only assume that the matches will proceed from the top of the bracket to the bottom (yes, I understand the bracket ultimately moves from left to right, but I know that they don't post the first round results simultaneously).  Based on last year's pacing, results from each bout were posted about once every three days, so I'm assuming they'll follow a similar schedule this year. Events kick off on March 6, presumably with the match-up between Roberto Bolaño's 2666 & Fae Myenne Ng's Steer Toward Rock (my review of which, you can view here).  Having not read the Bolaño (and with no possibility of reading it before March 6 in sight), and understanding that in this tournament, personal taste of the judge (and his/her idiosyncrasies) plays a huge role, my predicition is that Bolaño easily sweeps his first round.  Based on what I've heard, I think this one is a strong contender for the overall win, in part because of how The Savage Detectives lost last year, although the fact that it was unfinished at the time of the author's death may work against it.


  1. Eva

    I’ve never even heard of The Tournament of Books! But this was a fun post to read. 🙂

  2. 02/23/2009

    Last year I really enjoyed following around with the ToB, and read some great books through it (though some duds, too). This year I’ve read duds and mediocre ones, which is less heartening, but I look forward to when The Morning News starts posting the commentary for the match-ups next week and this whole thing starts rolling!

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