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2011 Tournament of Books Roster Revealed

Tob_2010.jpgToday The Morning News announced the roster for the annual Tournament of Books–a round robin competition that pits books against books every March. We’ve listed the complete roster of books below.

A panel of judges will compare these books against each other, eliminating one book each round until there is a winning book. Last year, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall topped the list.

Here’s more about the contest: “There will be surprises and controversies, upsets and kerfuffles. As usual, we’ll have our color commentators on hand to discuss the decisions, and our Rooster statistician will return to provide analysis and predictions. Then there’s you, the reader. Sometimes you’ll agree with the decisions, sometimes you won’t, and in both cases we hope you’ll voice your opinion in the discussion—which has become, as Salon critic Laura Miller put it last year, ‘a rare pocket of civility and informed intelligence.’”

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Do Literary Writers Deserve More Review Coverage Than Bestselling Authors?

authorp.jpgOver at the Huffington Post, novelist Jason Pinter interviewed authors Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult about a recent debate about review coverage–do white men get more review coverage than women?

Read the whole interview to join the debate. Earlier this week, we covered Weiner’s Twitter push for Franzenfreude, trying to find literary alternatives to Franzen’s work. The HuffPo post also generated a passionate response from novelist Jennifer Vanderbes (pictured, via Eamon Hickey).

Vanderbes wrote: “Literary writers need review attention. Picoult and Weiner sell enough books so that their publishers can take out ad space when their novels hit stores; places like like Target will automatically stock their hardcovers; this is simply not the case for most literary writers. In targeting Franzen, they found one of the few literary writers who does sell lots of books and probably didn’t even need one NYTimes review.”

What do you think? Read Weiner’s response below…

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Jennifer Weiner Leads Franzenfreude Movement

jenweiner1.jpgFrustrated with copious coverage of Jonathan Franzen‘s new novel, Freedom, novelist Jennifer Weiner called on Twitter users to create an alternative reading list yesterday.

Mixing “Franzen” and “Schadenfreude,” Weiner (pictured) launched the literary hashtag, Franzenfreude. Here’s the original tweet: “Call for non-Franzen novels about love, identity, families, The Way We Live Now. I pick Anne Tyler’s DIGGING TO AMERICA.”

Lizzie Skurnick wrote: “I hate how little attention [Zoe Heller's] THE BELIEVERS got. Drives me bonkers. Am loving FREEDOM however.” Heidi Ayala added “Sue Miller’s While I Was Gone.” Jennifer Kate concluded: “Just finished Brightest Star in the Sky Marian Keyes, love! [and] Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott.”

Here at GalleyCat Reviews, we want to know what you think–should book reviews counter-balance Franzen coverage? Publishers Weekly has a good essay rounding up other critics of recent Franzen coverage.

Jennifer Weiner Serializes Story in Redbook

jenweiner1.jpgNovelist Jennifer Weiner will be serializing a story in Redbook this summer.

Here’s more about the story: “Part I of the story, entitled ‘The Half Life,’ runs in the magazine’s July issue. Weiner’s fans will devour this juicy beach read: the tale of Piper DeWitt, married, working mother of a four-year-old daughter whose life turns chaotic when her husband leaves, just as she is taking off on a two-week business trip to Paris. As fate would have it, her flight is cancelled and Piper embarks instead on an unexpected adventure … Readers and fans will have to wait until the August issue of REDBOOK to savor the second part of the story.”

As we reported earlier this month, Weiner inked a four-book deal with Atria Books. The deal came 10 years she signed a deal with the publisher for her first book, 2001′s Good in Bed.

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