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9th Annual Morning News Tournament of Books Announced

The ninth annual Morning News Tournament of Books (ToB) will commence in March 2013.

So far, 15 finalists have been revealed. Three titles from the “pre-tournament playoff round” are currently in the running for the sixteenth and final slot. We’ve included the two lists below.

Here’s more from the announcement: “The ToB is an annual springtime event here at the Morning News, where 16 of the year’s best works of fiction enter a March Madness-style battle royale. Today we’re announcing the judges and final books for the 2013 competition as well as the long list of books from which the contenders were selected.”
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Madeline Miller Wins the 2012 Orange Prize

Novelist Madeline Miller has won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel, The Song of Achilles. Miller accepted her award at a London ceremony along with a £30,000 cash prize (approximately $46,521 USD) and the “Bessie,” a limited edition bronze figurine.

Miller spent ten years writing The Song of Achilles prior to its release. In addition to her writing career, she also serves as a Latin teacher. Past winners of this award include Barbara Kingsolver‘s The Lacuna (2010), Zadie Smith‘s On Beauty (2006) and Ann Patchett‘s Bel Canto (2002).

The judging committee included writer Joanna Trollope, novelist Lisa Appignanesi, journalist Victoria Derbyshire, writer Natalie Haynes and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky. Chair Trollope gave this statement in the release: “This is a more than worthy winner – original, passionate, inventive and uplifting. Homer would be proud of her.”

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