The 2018 Tournament of Books
Is Now Over

Fever Dream Takes Home This Year’s Rooster

This year’s Tournament of Books presented by Field Notes has concluded, and the winner of the 2018 Rooster is Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. You can see the championship match here.

The 15th edition of the Tournament of Books begins in March 2019. In the meantime, you can join in on the fun of the 2018 Rooster Summer Reading Challenge, currently underway, and check out the Rooster Nonfiction Pop-up we hosted in May.

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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.

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