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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: