BOOK RIOT
This kind of feels like the point of the tournament. Realizing that your most favorite book is someone else’s least favorite reminds you both that the world is filled with different opinions AND that your opinion is not the most important opinion. In this tourney, my opinions are nothing and the judges’ are everything. Their opinions have weight mine don’t, and so I am forced to give them respect I might not have to if we were peers on the same level. This to me is the true value of the tournament. Not to decide what was the best novel published last year. That’s not even a real thing you can decide. It’s to be reminded that the literary world is filled with differing opinions and your opinion is NEVER the most important.
The Orphan Master’s Son is critically acclaimed, but can it win the Tournament of Books? We discuss.

The Orphan Master’s Son is critically acclaimed, but can it win the Tournament of Books? We discuss.

Does BEAUTIFUL RUINS stand a chance in the Tournament of Books? Riot writers Greg Zimmerman and Rebecca Joines Schinsky discuss today. Join our TOB read-along!

Does BEAUTIFUL RUINS stand a chance in the Tournament of Books? Riot writers Greg Zimmerman and Rebecca Joines Schinsky discuss today. Join our TOB read-along!

I love this event, and I really admire the folks that run it. But in this day and age, you can’t have 17 white people out of 18, (and that’s putting Erdrich in the “non-white” category, which is really so much more complicated than that). You. Cannot. Do. It. No amount of explanation that “we don’t think in terms of race when we do this” or “our conversations and selections are not meant to be definitive” gets you out of this. One of the slynesses of prejudice is that we people of good will don’t feel our prejudices. The only response is to be on the watch for them.

The Morning News has released the 2013 Tournament of Books finalists! A bunch of us at the Riot are going to read the whole field. Wanna join?