The other March Madness

Yes, yes, it’s not like Wolf Hall needs more accolades — Man Booker Prize, National Book Critics Circle, overall winner in the megalist put together by the Williamsburg Public Library — but still, I was delighted to see it triumph in The Morning News’ extremely entertaining and often enlightening Tournament of Books.

I’d seen references to the Tournament for the last couple years but hadn’t bothered to investigate — but this year book reviewing/covering goddess Laura Miller of Salon gave it a push so of course I had to check it out. Though I was sorry to see my man John Wray go down to book club favorite The Help in the first round, I was still psyched that Wolf Hall made it all the way through — and reading the finals when it was a real back and forth against Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna, I felt actual suspense. Nice job, folks.

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