Friday, February 06, 2009
2009 tournament of books
The Morning News announced the contenders in their fifth annual Tournament of Books.
The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
2666, Roberto Bolano
A Partisan’s Daughter, Louis de Bernieres
The Northern Clemency, Philip Hensher
The Lazarus Project, Aleksandar Hemon
My Revolutions, Hari Kunzru
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen
The Dart League King, Keith Lee Morris
A Mercy, Toni Morrison
Steer Towards Rock, Fae Myenne Ng
Netherland, Joseph O’Neill
City of Refuge, Tom Piazza
Home, Marilynne Robinson
Harry, Revised, Mark Sarvas
The list was announced a few weeks ago for the benefit of those, such as me, who would like to read some or all of the books prior to the contest, which starts in March. I've already read Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth and many of these books are on the TBR list I made from the '08 New York Times Notables, the Booker Prize, and the National Book Award nominees. The unabridged audio version of Netherland just came in at the library, thus sparing me the worry of where to begin.
You can read more about the Tournament of Books and see past contenders/winners here.