For the past five years in March, we have organized a book-bracket tournament called "Book Madness." It's a fun thing for us bookworms to do while many Americans are focused on college basketball. Each year we are surprised by how many people join us, and we are inspired by the collective enthusiasm it creates.
This year we thought it would be interesting to reach out to one of our favorite authors (and book-shirt-wearing friend of Out of Print), John Green, to see how he would fill out his bracket. Fortunately, it turns out that he was as excited about the tournament as the rest of us and agreed to participate.
We asked him what he thought about the challenge after he completed his bracket:
"There were many difficult choices, but I was especially torn between Slaughterhouse-Five (Vonnegut's best book, in my opinion) and Breakfast of Champions (which meant a lot to me as a child). I had great fun being forced to choose among so many great books, but I am relieved in real life that one can read as much as one wants without ever having to pit one story against another."
Out of Print was started as a brand dedicated to finding new ways to talk about books. Out of Print as a brand and a mission couldn't exist with out the support of a large community. Thank you, John and everyone, for sharing your brackets with us and continuing to provoke bookish conversations and debate!
John Green's Bracket
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John's Final Four
- Jane Eyre vs. Invisible Man
- Hamlet vs. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Hamlet def. Jane Eyre
Most accurate bracket will win the grand prize, a $500 Out of Print gift card!