Colin McEnroe and The Tournament of Books

Every year the website The Morning News holds "The Tournament of Books" which puts sixteen works of fiction from the previous year up against each other in brackets.

What makes it really interesting is the fact that most awards just present a winner, but here at every stage of the process, the judges have to explain and articulate their thoughts.

Colin McEnroe, who hosts an hour long show every weekday at WNPR in Hartford invited three of us onto the show - after having read all the books - to talk about them. So Julia Pistell and Rand Richards Cooper and I read a lot this calendar year.

We were asked at the end to name our pick for which book should win and I selected The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. I'm a huge David Mitchell fan as I said on the show and as many people know. I would have loved to have had a long conversation about the fifth section of the book, which I think it's so clearly the book's weak spot.

Still, it was a lot of fun to talk books with other people. Colin said that if there's any blame, then I deserve some of it, and I'm happy to take it.

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