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The Morning News Tournament of Books, sponsored by Powell’s Books, is an annual battle royale amongst the top novels in “literary fiction” published throughout the year. Read more about this year’s tournament »

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The 2007 Tournament of Books is over. To view this year's Tournament, go here.


Book Bloggers’ Office Pool

For this year’s Tournament of Books, a group of our favorite book bloggers (aside from those already judging in the ToB) filled out the brackets prior to the Tournament kick-off, and told us how they thought the matches would unfold. Also prior to the Tournament kickoff, readers entered a contest, telling us which blogger they think has the best shot at getting all the picks right. The grand prize: a copy of every book in the Tournament, courtesy of

The Tournament has ended, and we’re pleased to announce the winner of our Book Bloggers’ Office Pool: Brockman, whose lucky reader is Michelle Dreher of San Francisco. Congratulations to you both!

Final Standings:

Brockman (playing for Michelle Dreher of San Francisco, CA): 26
Shaken & Stirred (playing for Catherine Schneider of Austin, TX): 22
Kate’s Book Blog (playing for Rita Kasperek of Oakland, CA): 11
Condalmo (playing for Kathryn Stinson of St. Louis, MO): 10
The Millions (playing for Chris Magee of Washington, DC): 8
Book Nerd (playing for Colleen Stapleton of Brooklyn, NY): 7

Points were doled out as follows: one point for each correct prediction in first round (eight points total); two points for second round (eight points total); four points for third round (eight points total); six points for Zombie Round (12 points total); eight points for correctly guessing the winner.

About the Office Pool Bloggers

The Millions
The Millions (A Blog about Books) has been around for nearly four years and in that time has grown to include seven contributors and hundreds of reviews. They give nearly all books—fiction and non-fiction, classics and contemporary—equal time. Among their many mottos are “A man’s library is a sort of harem” and “Never judge a book by its movie.” (Click here to view a PDF of this blogger’s brackets)

Condalmo is possibly “Maine’s premier litblog,” unless of course there’s another one—litblog, not Maine—in which case, well, we’re all equals, right? Matthew Tiffany blogs there, mostly about books and writing, sometimes about movies and politics. The first Tournament of Books made him a David Mitchell believer. (Click here to view a PDF of this blogger’s brackets)

Kate’s Book Blog
Kate Sutherland’s second book of short stories, All in Together Girls will be published by Thistledown Press this spring. She lives in Toronto, where she is co-organizer of The Fictitious Reading Series. (Click here to view a PDF of this blogger’s brackets)

Book Nerd
Jessica Stockton, aka Book Nerd, works at an independent bookstore in New York City, and plans to open a bookstore of her own in Brooklyn. She has been writing about books and bookstores on The Written Nerd since 2005. She is a member of the executive board of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Association Digital Task Force, and the Emerging Leaders Council, but that doesn’t mean she knows what she’s talking about. (Click here to view a PDF of this blogger’s brackets)

Brockman/ blog
Brockman presides over the blog, which features guest bloggers like Susan Orlean and Chip Kidd, essays by Powell’s employees, contributors like former Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh, and, of course, the daily Book News feature by Brockman himself. (Click here to view a PDF of this blogger’s brackets)

Shaken & Stirred
Gwenda Bond posts often about books, writing, good TV, and science fiction at Shaken & Stirred. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College, and has written for Publishers Weekly and the Washington Post Book World. (Click here to view a PDF of this blogger’s brackets)

The Standings


• Round One •

Half of a Yellow Sun v. Absurdistan
judged by Brady Udall

The Echo Maker v. The Emperor’s Children
judged by Marcus Sakey

Firmin v. Brookland
judged by Sarah Hepola

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo v. The Road
judged by Maria Schneider

Arthur and George v. One Good Turn
judged by Kate Schlegel

The Lay of the Land v. English, August
judged by Colin Meloy

Alentejo Blue v. Apex Hides the Hurt
judged by Dan Chaon

Against the Day v. Pride of Baghdad
judged by Anthony Doerr

• Round Two •

Half of a Yellow Sun v. The Emperor’s Children
judged by Jessa Crispin

Firmin v. The Road
judged by Mark Sarvas

One Good Turn v. The Lay of the Land
judged by Maud Newton

Alentejo Blue v. Against the Day
judged by Sam Lipsyte


Half of a Yellow Sun v. The Road
judged by Elizabeth Gaffney

One Good Turn v. Against the Day
judged by Sasha Frere-Jones


The Road v. Against the Day
judged by Andrew Womack

One Good Turn v. Absurdistan
judged by Rosecrans Baldwin


The Road v. Absurdistan
All Judges + Jessica Francis Kane