Monday, March 05, 2012

Contest: Tournament of Books Round One!

It's the Tournament of Books Contest!

The Morning News Tournament of Books 2012 is about to begin!  Let's have ourselves a contest!

*Entries for Round One are CLOSED!*

Here's a reminder of the rules:
  1. In the comments of THIS POST, list the books that you think will advance to the next round of the tournament AND your prediction for the overall winner of the ToB.  Entries may be formatted however you like, but you must list the Title of the book you predict will advance.

  2. For each correct pick you will receive ONE point.

  3. You may also earn points in the following ways:
    +1 for liking Forever Overhead on Facebook
    +1 for following Forever Overhead (@4everoverhead) on Twitter
    +5 for picking the correct overall ToB winner in the first round
    +3 for picking the correct overall ToB winner in the second round
    +2 for picking the correct overall ToB winner in the third round

  4. Winner wins any one book from this year's ToB or a previous winner of the ToB.
  5. One entry per person (please).
  6. I am aware there are other similar contests.  You won't be cheating on this contest if you date other contests.
  7. Entries for round one will close on Tuesday, March 6th at 11:59 PM Central Time

Enough jibber-jabbering, here are the match-ups:


The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes vs. The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock


Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt vs. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami vs. The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah


The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst vs. The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht


State of Wonder by Ann Patchett vs. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt


Swamplandia! by Karen Russel vs. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje


The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides vs. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno


The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach vs. Open City by Teju Cole

That's it!  Have fun and tell your friends!

Update: There's a great post on the ToB odds over at BookRiot

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