The Morning News has announced the 16 contenders for the Tournament of Books. Now in its 11th year, the Tournament of Books is the grandaddy of basketball-style book competitions. The winning book takes home The Rooster, which so far has been just a title. I'm still hoping there will be a real rooster someday.
There haven't been any public run-offs. After putting together a longlist of 62 eligible books, 15 of the final titles were chosen by the "embarrassingly small, parochial, mostly homogeneous Tournament of Books staff," writes the Tournament of Books staff.