Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Champion is Crowned

The Sister's Brothers by Patrick deWitt won this year's Tournament of Books from The Morning News judges.  Judging was intense and comments by readers even more so.  It's all great reading if you haven't been following along.

On another note, Flyleaf received our list of givers for World Book Night just the other day.  It looks like we have about 50 people who will pick up their books from Flyleaf.  We will have the books available  on Monday, 16 April from 5:00-8:00.  We may have a few extra boxes of books so if you didn't get your application in on time, email me or Jamie and we'll add you to the list.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tournament of Books

I hope you are tuned into the Tournament of Books on the Morning News website.  The commentary about the books has been good reading.  The judges are taking this very seriously. (As seriously as some people take March Madness).   Whether you've read the books or not there is wonderful insight offered by a new judge every day.

My favorite book of the year, The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje, is out of the running.  My friend and writer, Haven Kimmel, was judge today and chose Swamplandia! by Karen Russell over The Cat's Table.  I can't complain.  I haven't read Swamplandia! yet.  But I will now just to experience what Haven describes thus, "I will say that from the midpoint until near the end I wasn’t at all sure of what I was reading, and that fact—along with riches too numerous to count—made my heart speed up with a kind of delicious dread."

Stay tuned.  There is bound to be more interesting debate about good books to come.  

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Let The Games Begin

I hope you've been reading the titles in the Tournament of Books list.  The tournament starts tomorrow - 8 March.  Emma Straub is the judge and will select the first winner.  She has read the British Booker Prize winner, Julian Barnes’s Sense of an Ending, and the hyper-violent American debut, Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the TimeThere are interesting introductory remarks on The Morning News today.  We are excited about the tournament at Flyleaf.  Keep an eye on our events schedule for author readings and others associated with the event.