Thursday, January 27, 2005

Battle Royale of Literary Excellence

Well, if this is not the most exciting thing to happen in the book world for a long time, then i don't know what is. The Morning News, that literati inflected e-publication that is "black and white and read all over", has announced a Tournament of Books. This is not just another literary prize or Survivor style last book standing kind of thing (see Canada Reads). No, this harnesses the latent sports fan in all of us - it is an "NCAA-style Battle Royale of literary excellence". They have set up pairs of books in an all out, no holds barred competition against each other. They even give you a handy link to down load the sports tree, or whatever you call it, the chart like thing that plots competitors against one another.

And may i suggest we make things a little bit more interesting, perhaps with a book pool a la football pool fame. If you are interested let me know. I am willing to throw $10 into the competition. The first throw down is Feb 7, so let me know before then who your picks are.

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