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"There has been no double since ’93-’94, which obviously means no double in the history of our Tournament, which makes McBride a contender for the first triple crown—NBA, Rooster, Pulitzer—in history."

John Warner, color commentator

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books Championship)

Today a new champion of books has been declared, as James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird finally rose over all comers in the ToB to claim the Rooster. As color commentator John Warner points out, The Good Lord Bird has already won the National Book Award, which may hurt its chances of also taking home the Pulitzer. We may not be the NBA or the Pulitzer, but those who would deride our little tournament do so at their own peril because the Rooster has correctly predicted four of the previous 6 Pulitzer winners. Not too shabby!

Click on the link to read the full commentary, and the individual rulings from each of our 17 judges.

"There is a kind of voracious reading that happens between the ages of seven and 17 that I thought was reserved only for, well, children. Sometimes I wonder if all my reading since has been a secret attempt to get close to that experience of sustained absorption. To have a book become your entire world so effortlessly is a precious ability that rarely occurs during the exhaustion and distraction of adulthood. SOB."

Jane Hu, judge

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books Championship)

Judge Jane Hu has some thoughtful words to share at the end of the ToB, but she’s not alone. All 17 judges who’ve helped to make the Tournament what it is have contributed to this final match between Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life and James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird. All 17 vote to pick the winner of this year’s Tournament of Books.

If you haven’t read the final ruling yet, click on the link above.

The Morning News Tournament of Books Championship

This is it, ladies and gents. This is what it all comes down to. Will zombie comeback Life After Life by Kate Atkinson triumph over as-yet-undefeated The Good Lord Bird by James McBride to win the Tournament? Our 17 excellent judges cast their votes in this final day of the 2014 Tournament. It’s been a wild ride, but this is the end. Click through to find out which book wins.

This is for the Rooster.

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This is it!

Tomorrow we host the championship match in the 2014 Morning News Tournament of Books. It will be brutal. Only one book can win the ultimate award in literary bloodsports: The Rooster.

Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, after returning to life itself in the Zombie Round, defeated Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees. Yesterday, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch was bested by James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird.

Tomorrow: Life After Life vs. The Good Lord Bird, with all 17 judges voting to declare a winner! Are you not entertained?!

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Contest Announcement!

We’ve spoken to Field Notes, and, yes, a randomly chosen, correctly guessing reader will receive a very nice Field Notes “kit,” plus their latest seasonal release “The Shelterwood Edition,” and a ToBX memo book. We’ll name the winning reader in tomorrow’s commentary. To enter, comment below with the title and margin.

Field Notes is awarding a prize pack to one lucky commenter who guesses the winning title and margin in tomorrow’s final Rooster match. There are two books to choose from: Life After Life and The Good Lord Bird. There will be 17 judges participating, so keep that total in mind when picking your margin.

To participate, follow the link above, and leave a comment with the title and margin.

Enter! Reblog! All hail the Rooster!

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"I’m intrigued by Judge Martin’s comment that the order in which he read these books affected his opinion of them. No doubt that is true for all of us, but I wonder how often we even notice it. Unless you are specifically asked to compare two books to one another, would you even be conscious of the fact that the book you are reading has been “overshadowed” by the book you read just before it?"

Kevin Guilfoile, color commentator

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)

What would constitute a surprise verdict in almost any other venue is often to be expected here at the ToB. That Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life was put out of the running in the opening round by Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees only to return and handily defeat it in the Zombie Round is kinda how the Rooster do (cf. True Facts).

Color commentator Kevin Guilfoile raises an interesting question about judge Jeff Martin’s decision, however, when he points out that Life After Life may have had a small advantage going in since he read it first. Maybe there’s no accounting for taste after all? Or the calculus is just too damned difficult? (We’re book people.)

Follow the link above to read the commentary, which contains instructions on a contest, sponsored by Field Notes, to guess the ToB grand champion tomorrow!

A Night with The Morning News and The Tournament of Books
In a haze of beer, books, and anticipation, I took the stage to Rosecrans’ generous introduction – and took that shot of sriracha straight down the hatch.  The whole thing, reader – I drank the whole thing.  At least, I’m pretty sure I did.  See, it has the consistency, as we were all saying that night, of gazpacho – so tough to really do a shot of. But my training in college took over (to the delight of college friends who happened to be in the audience) and WHAM.
Attendees can verify that Drew bravely consumed one shot-worth of Sriracha straight before talking about his favorite book of the previous year: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film. Thanks for being such a good sport, Drew!
Tomorrow is the final match of this year’s Tournament of Books. Was it good for you?
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A Night with The Morning News and The Tournament of Books
In a haze of beer, books, and anticipation, I took the stage to Rosecrans’ generous introduction – and took that shot of sriracha straight down the hatch. The whole thing, reader – I drank the whole thing. At least, I’m pretty sure I did. See, it has the consistency, as we were all saying that night, of gazpacho – so tough to really do a shot of. But my training in college took over (to the delight of college friends who happened to be in the audience) and WHAM.

Attendees can verify that Drew bravely consumed one shot-worth of Sriracha straight before talking about his favorite book of the previous year: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film. Thanks for being such a good sport, Drew!

Tomorrow is the final match of this year’s Tournament of Books. Was it good for you?

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"I’m sure you’re dying to know. What’s the best part about being a judge in an enterprise such as the ToB? The element of surprise."—Jeff Martin

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)

In this, the last match of our Zombie Round, undead critical darling Life After Life by Kate Atkinson faces off against as-yet-undefeated The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. Judge Jeff Martin was decidedly won over by one of these novels, but to come right out and say which would spoil the surprise. Click over to read his full ruling.

Which book did you expect to win?

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The 2014 Morning New Tournament of Books is nearing its end, and today one of the two Zombie Round matches has been decided. Though Donna Tartt’s beloved The Goldfinch rose from the dead to fight again, it was summarily put back under the ground by James McBride’s irreverent pre-Civil War comedy The Good Lord Bird. Such is the way of the Rooster.

Tomorrow, the last Zombie Round and the penultimate match of the whole Tournament will take place, as our second zombie contender, Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, will face off against so-far undefeated The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. Which book will the Rooster favor, and which will be culled? Check back tomorrow to find out.

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"It’s hard to not let a little resentment of the East Coast establishment seep in from time to time. That MFA vs NYC essay collection is fine and dandy, but forgets that the reality isn’t MFA versus NYC, but MFA versus NYC versus Every Other Fucking Person on the Planet."

John Warner, color commentator

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)

With Zombie Round undead entrant The Goldfinch comes a discussion of East Coast privileged elitism, naturally, and color commentator John Warner has a few strong words about that. Can we love The Goldfinch in spite of its characters’ privilege? Does it add to or subtract from the story at hand, or does it matter at all? Read judge Jane Hu's ruling at the link above to see how The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt stood against James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird in the first of two Zombie Rounds.

"A Zombie Round invites the fantasy that the judges’ decisions here do matter, that it is possible to have misjudged a book. The Zombie introduces doubt among the living, and allows us not only to revisit, but to potentially even change, the past.”–Jane Hu

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)

Welcome to the Zombie Round, readers! Up is down! Two plus two equals cats and dogs living together! Judge Jane Hu has some reflective words about the nature of zombies to begin her ruling as Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch rises from the dead to face James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird. To see which book advances to the championship match, click the link above.

Which book were you rooting for?

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Today’s victory for Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees over Philipp Meyer’s The Son in the Tournament of Books means that the semifinals are finished. It also means that the long-awaited Zombie Round is upon us!

Check in tomorrow for the first of two Zombie Round matches, when previously defeated The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt returns to square off with James McBride’s steamrolling The Good Lord Bird. The match will be judged by Jane Hu.

Catch it!

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"I think a lot of readers don’t realize it—or, more likely, they just don’t think about it very much—but almost all the heavy lifting by the publisher is done before a book is released. Publishers are wholesalers. The reader is not their primary customer; the bookseller is."

Kevin Guilfoile, color commentator

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)

Our color commentators Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner bring a lot of inside baseball to the brackets (to mix sports metaphors) to help explain how a generally unregarded book like The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara can keep slaying competitors left and right. (Short answer: Trade publications aren’t always right.)

Summarily, based on judge Lizzie Skurnick’s decision, Philipp Meyer’s The Son has been kicked out of the competition due to a lack of votes to keep it from returning in the Zombie Round.

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Nozleeeeeeee! #tobx

Here’s a pic of the wonderfully indispensable Nozlee Samadzadeh, producer of The Morning News Tournament of Books, at last night’s event at Housing Works. Rosecrans Baldwin, co-founder of both The Morning News and the ToB looks on admiringly, as do we all.

If you didn’t make it out last night, you missed out on watching a lot of highbrow lit crit folks downing shots of Sriracha and then talking about their favorite books of the past year. There was also a lot of free booze from our media partners at Tumblr. To everyone who made it out, great seeing you and thanks for coming!

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"You can luxuriate in pretty much any Yanigahara sentence—where Meyer’s prose is lean and lyric, hers is overstuffed like a jungle itself, wild with rare creatures and splashes of color."—Lizzie Skurnick

(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)

Judge Lizzie Skurnick finds a long list of similarities between today’s books—The Son by Philipp Meyer and The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara—even as those similarities are delivered to the reader in strikingly different ways.

How does this last of the semifinal rounds turn out? Click on the link above for the full text of judge Skurnick’s ruling.

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