Tourney Time!

January 20, 2011 | 4

The Morning News has announced the list of judges and, more importantly, the books in contention for the 2011 Tournament of Books. Yours truly is among the judges again this year and very excited for the action to get underway.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. I know it’s absurd to comment on this year’s tournament nearly two months before it even begins, but I can’t help but feel shock at the omission of Mitchell’s Thousand Autumns from the shortlist!

    Random indeed.

  2. I am bummed about the snub of Great House by Nicole Krauss. In fact, very few books I hoped would make the shortlist did. On the flip side, I will have a strong rooting interest because several books that do not appeal to me (at least as described in reviews) look like frontrunners.

    I am probably even more bummed that my guessing only netted me two of the sixteen. Fourteen books in six weeks will not happen for me. I could have used the extra week of reading time they usually provide…..

  3. I’ve read all but 2 books on this year’s list, but the whole idea of the ToBooks never has interested me, and can’t really get too excited about any of it.

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