The Rooster

Announcing the 2013 Tournament of Books Zombie Poll

Announcing the 2013 Tournament of Books Zombie Poll

In less than three months we’re going to launch our ninth annual Tournament of Books, presented this year by NOOK® by Barnes & Noble.

But before that can happen, there’s a certain matter regarding the undead that must be addressed.

Each year in the tournament, 16 works of fiction battle each other in daily contests to win that vaunted literary prize, The Rooster. Along the way, victors advance and losers fall. But there’s a twist. During the semifinal match, called the Zombie Round, two books that were previously ousted—yet deemed the most popular by this very poll—are resurrected from the dead to fight the would-be finalists.

So, which one of our finalists was your blue-eyed title from 2012? Let us know by next Wednesday, and help give your favorite book an extra shot at reaching the championship.

Thanks again, and spread the word! We’ll see you in March.


The Tournament of Books’ organizers Andrew Womack and Rosecrans Baldwin are TMN’s co-founders. Baldwin’s most recent book is Everything Now, winner of the 2022 California Book Award. For his other books, try More by The Tournament of Books Staff