March Madness - Literary Style


The King's English Bookshop and Redirect Community have teamed up to sponsor the Second Annual Ides of March Madness Charity Book Reading Tournament to benefit children's literacy. Last year's inaugural event raised almost $10,000 for local children's literacy programs.

This year's beneficiary is Book Wagon, a non-profit organization run through the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County, which delivers donated books to children who otherwise might have no opportunity to own books of their own. Book Wagon depends entirely on monetary and in-kind contributions to support its mission.

In a tournament format that mirrors the NCAA Hoops Sweet Sixteen, works of fiction are matched against on another and read by a "judge" (TKE booksellers, local authors and community leaders), who then advances one "winning" title from the match.

Individuals and organizations interested in following the tournament and donating to Book Wagon are encouraged to "wager" a donation by choosing one book as the tournament winner. If your book pick is eliminated in an early round, pick another favorite and place another bet.

Betting is now open. Donations are being taken in person at The King's English Bookshop and on the tournament website at www.idesofmarchmadness.com. All participants who meet the minimum wagering requirement of $20 will be eligible for prizes.

The 16 "contestants" are: Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner, Babylon Rolling by Amanda Boyden, Beautiful Children by Charles Bock, Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles, Lush Life by Richard Price, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger, Harry, Revised by Mark Sarvas, Home by Marilynne Robinson,Netherland by Joseph O'Neill, A Mercy by Toni Morrison, The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris, Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher, 2666 by Roberto Bolano, and White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

Full details are available at www.idesofmarchmadness.com. For more information, contact Brian Seethaler (Redirect Community) at 801-557-3537 or Jenn Northington (TKE) at 801-484-9100.