Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The 2009 Tournament of Books Is Coming Soon The Fifth Annual Tournament of Books site will launch on Monday, March 9, 2009
My thanks to Anna Hodge at Auckland University Press for bringing this to my attention. It hadn't crossed my radar but here is what she had to say about it:
It’s a US book competition where 16 of the biggest literary novels of the year get matched up in (completely arbitrary, and frivolous, but hilarious) head-to-head reviews, the winners advancing to the next round until they reach the finals. It’s immensely entertaining, but it’s also quite a useful guide to what the literary big-hitters are in the States. Previous winners include I think The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Road and Cloud Atlas.
Anyway, if you don’t already know about it, hope you enjoy! I followed it last year agog after stumbling across it via The Elegant Variation, so I’m looking forward to this year’s Tournament.