Reading Ahead: The 2016 Tournament of Books

Reading Ahead

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone off the deep end and you haven’t missed any Tournament of Books announcements, but I’m one of those people who keeps the brackets in the back of my mind throughout the year. I think my reading kind of naturally circles around Tournament titles anyway, but I do try to predict and pre-read some of the longlist before it’s announced early each year.

At the end of last year’s Tournament, the organizers shared this as a list of titles to watch. Based on previous years it’s a great place to start, but definitely doesn’t mean everything here will be on the longlist and vice versa. I have no delusions about trying to read this whole list, nor do I want to, but have been taking a peek at it when looking at library lists and choosing upcoming books.

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman
After Birth by Elisa Albert
A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball
There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell
The Infernal by Mark Doten
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
City On Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
My Struggle: Book Four by Karl Ove Knausgaard
I Am Radar by Reif Larsen
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
The Whites by Richard Price
The Poser by Jacob Rubin
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
Making Nice by Matt Summell
The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Find Me by Laura van den Berg
Gold, Fame, Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Mislaid by Nell Zink

The Tournament of Books “year” actually goes from November to November, so anything published in the US from November 2014 to November 2015 will be fair game. Here are a few I’m really hoping to see, which weren’t already mentioned above:

The Shore by Sara Taylor
Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
Sweetland by Michael Crummey
In the Country by Mia Alvar
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

For anyone interested in keeping up with the Tournament of Books during the “off season” there are two great Goodreads groups that stay active throughout the year: The Rooster! and Tournament of Books.

If you regularly follow the Tournament of Books, do you keep possibilities in mind? What would you like to see on the longlist when it’s released?