The Sixth Annual Tournament of Books got underway this morning.
The contest, sponsored by venerable website The Morning News (they’ve been around since 1999; venerable in web terms), takes 16 of the best books of the past year and pits them against each other, judged by well known literary figures (this year’s panel includes Jane Ciabattari, short story writer and president of the National Books Critics Circle, New York Magazine’s Sam Anderson and Carolyn Kellogg, who reports for the LA Times and writes their Jacket Copy blog.
This year’s competition includes The Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic and Let the Great Wold Spin, Colum McCann’s National Book Award winning novel, which just won round one.
The winner will be declared on April 5. In the meantime, follow the tournament, read the books.