Video: 2018 Tournament of Books Bracket Predictions

The brackets are upon us! Time for Tournament of Books bracket predictions.

I’m quite taken with the Tournament of Books, which pits the previous year’s best books against each other in a deathmatch to find the ultimate winner. You can check out just a few of my posts about it here, here, here, or you can go to the horse’s mouth and get info straight from the competition originators, The Morning News.

I’ve made some bold predictions for who I think will make it in these March-Madness-style brackets. One important note: these predictions aren’t based on which book I personally think is better. Obviously, they’re all good books since they made it to the Tournament. It’s pure bracketology. Nothin’ personal here.

Without further ado, here are my 2018 Tournament of Books bracket predictions.

FIRST ROUND

March 7

Pre-ToB Play-in, judged by Angela Chen

Stephen Florida v. Savage Theories v. The Idiot

Predicted winner: Stephen Florida


March 8

judged by Meaghan O’Connell

Lincoln in the Bardo v. Fever Dream

Predicted winner: Lincoln in the Bardo


March 9

judged by Ismail Muhammad

White Tears v. PLAY-IN WINNER (I think it’ll be Stephen Florida)

Predicted winner: Stephen Florida


March 12

judged by Ruth Curry

Manhattan Beach v. Dear Cyborgs

Predicted winner: Manhattan Beach


March 13

judged by Caitlin Roper

The End of Eddy v. Lucky Boy

Predicted winner: Lucky Boy


March 14

judged by Maris Kreizman

Sing, Unburied, Sing v. The Book of Joan

Predicted winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing


March 15

judged by Merritt Tierce

Pachinko v. So Much Blue

Predicted winner: Pachinko


March 16

judged by Patrick Hoffman

Exit West v. The Animators

Predicted winner: The Animators


March 19

judged by Jeffrey Cranor

Goodbye, Vitamin v. Idaho

Predicted winner: Goodbye, Vitamin


QUARTERFINALS

March 20

judged by Jaya Saxena

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Lincoln in the Bardo vs. Stephen Florida

Predicted winner: Lincoln in the Bardo


March 21

judged by Rumaan Alam

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Manhattan Beach vs. Lucky Boy

Predicted winner: Manhattan Beach


March 22

judged by Lauren Cohen

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Sing, Unburied, Sing vs. Pachinko

Predicted winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing


March 23

judged by Bryan Mealer

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be The Animators vs. Goodbye, Vitamin

Predicted winner: The Animators


SEMIFINALS

March 26

judged by Shelly Oria

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Lincoln in the Bardo vs. Manhattan Beach

Predicted winner: Lincoln in the Bardo


March 27

judged by Ashley C. Ford

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Sing, Unburied, Sing vs. The Animators

Predicted winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing


ZOMBIE ROUND

March 28

judged by Juliet Lapidos

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Stephen Florida vs. Lincoln in the Bardo

Predicted winner: Lincoln in the Bardo


March 29

judged by Joseph Fink

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Pachinko vs. Sing, Unburied, Sing

Predicted winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing


CHAMPIONSHIP

March 30

judged by all judges

TBD v. TBD

I predict it’ll be Lincoln in the Bardo v. Sing, Unburied, Sing


PREDICTED GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Sing, Unburied, Sing


Hooray for Sing, Unburied, Sing!

It’s just so visionary, I predict big things for it in the ToB and beyond.

Side note: it has already achieved great things in the “beyond” part of this equation, winning the National Book Award.

Watch this Tournament of Books video and other bookish videos on my Read Remark YouTube channel.

If you’re curious, here is my completed bracket: