The 2021 Tournament of Books
Has Ended

And Camp ToB Is Now in Session!

The 2021 Tournament of Books presented by Field Notes has concluded, and the winner of the 2021 Rooster is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. You can see the championship match here, or use the sidebar on the right to read through the entire Tournament’s matches.

And right now, we’re running Camp ToB 2021, our summer reading program—join in the fun! Campfire discussions take place on Wednesdays, June through August. You can find them over here. Whichever book wins the summer earns an automatic berth in the 2022 Tournament, so make sure to read along as the action unfolds.

For all of the fun and more, subscribe to the Rooster Newsletter and stay up to date on ToB-related announcements.

And please, help ensure the future of the ToB by becoming a Sustaining Member. It’s no exaggeration to say the Tournament happens because our Members make it happen. (Here are the details about why.)

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If you’re new to the Tournament of Books, here’s how it works: Over the course of 18 matches—one each weekday—two works of fiction go head to head, with one of our judges deciding which book moves forward in the brackets, according to whatever criteria matters to them. Along the way, the judges reveal their biases and interests, any connections they have to the participating authors, and, most importantly, an elaborate explanation of how they decided between the two books.

From the eight opening round matches to the four quarterfinal matches through the two semifinal matches—and the potentially Tournament-disrupting “Zombie Round”—our original field of 18 competitors is whittled down to two finalists that will enter our championship match. There our entire judging panel weighs in, each judge picking their favorite of the two final books, and the book that receives the most votes takes home the Rooster.

Take a crash course in ToB lore with “A Brief History of the Tournament of Books.”