I’m thrilled to be able to publicly announce I’ll be using my lawyering and attorney-ing (or, rather, judging) skills a little different way this year: as a reader judge for the Morning News’ tenth Tournament of Books (ToBX). For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar with this great competition:

In case you’re new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event here at TheMorning News, where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale.

In March, these novels will be seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with an transparent explanation of how they made their decision. Along the way, our ToB Chairmen, authors Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner, will weigh in with commentary, and you, the readers, will add your own.