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'Prose Bowl 2017' pits 16 top titles in playoff

Originally published Mar. 1, 2017

March Madness? Forget it.

Readers can get in the game with Prose Bowl 2017, a playoff series that pits 16 top books against each other in bracket competition starting March 1.

“Sixteen of our recent, popular titles will battle against each other in a bracket-style competition where participants will choose the winner,” said Jocelyn Redel, Teen Services Librarian at Lynnwood Library. “Don’t worry if you haven’t read all of the contenders,” Redel said. “Of course, you can check out the books through our catalog, but everyone gets to play.”

The contest details and entry forms are at The Biblio Files.  The page also lists all the books along with links to the variety of reviews, summaries and other information.”

As with that other bracket-thing in March, just getting to the Prose Bowl’s version of the big dance is a feat in itself. And, up to a committee.

“We pulled the top 300 titles for past 18 months or so, looking for a variety of genres so everyone could have something they can root for,” Redel said. “Then, we got together and whittled it down to 16.”

Here are the Prose Bowl rules:

Every week in March, participants can go online, see the matchups and then vote for their favorites. Participants will have one week to vote on each bracket, after which the poll will close for that week. At the end of the poll, participants can click to form that asks for an email address that will serve as an entry for consideration for the prizes.

“We’re still working on the prizes,” Redel said, adding that they could be advance copies of hot new books, perhaps a custom poster of the winner with their favorite book or other items and opportunities. “That, and the inherent satisfaction of being named a Sno-Isle Libraries Prose Bowl 2017 champion.”

The schedule is:

  • March 1-7: Eight brackets (16 titles)
  • March 8-14: Four brackets (8 titles)
  • March 15-21: Two brackets (4 titles)
  • March 22-28: One bracket (2 titles)
  • March 29: Winner posted!

And, here’s the list of the contenders:



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