2017 Tournament of Books

Picture of Tournament of Books display

“Art belongs to the beholder. But to give that beholder a mic for a second, make them test themselves out loud—whether it’s the judges or the commentariat—and then have everyone discuss it out in the open? That’s what we find interesting.”
Angela Chen

Every year The Morning News hosts The Tournament of Books. Sixteen books face off as various literary celebrity judges weigh their merits for advancement. The winner receives bragging rights and is offered the prize of a live rooster! Books considered for the bracket are fiction released in 2016 published in English. Last year the winner was The Sellout by Paul Beatty, which went on to be the first book from the United States of America to win the Man Booker Prize.

While it’s hard to narrow down some of our favorites from the sixteen, here are a few we are looking forward to hearing discussed:


Underground Railroad book coverThe Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Version Control
by Dexter Palmer

The Vegetarian
by Han Kang


Homegoing book coverHomegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

We Love You, Charlie Freeman
by Kaitlyn Greenidge

The Mothers book coverThe Mothers
by Brit Bennett