Batavia Public Library

2020 Batavia Public Library Tournament of Books 

Book Events

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michelle Richardson

Daisy Jones & the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid,

The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett

Evvie Drake Starts Over
by Linda Holmes,

Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott,

The Lager Queen of Minnesota
by The J. Ryan Stradal,

The Lost Man
by Jane Harper

The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead

Olive, Again
by Elizabeth Strout

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong

Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston

The River
by The Heller, Peter

The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides

The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern

Summer of ’69
by Elin Hilderbrand

With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

2020 Book Selections

Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most.

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date.

In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside.

Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety.

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer.

Dark, suspenseful, and deeply atmospheric, The Lost Man is the highly anticipated book from the bestselling and award-winning Jane Harper, author of The Dry and Force of Nature.

Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes a strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red blooded original. When she’s not onstage, we look forward to her return.

At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, this book is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius–his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House.

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing.

Alicia Berenson, is a famous painter married to a fashion photographer. One evening, her husband, returns home late from work, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a rare book. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.

Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions — doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela.

Past Tournaments

2019 Batavia Public Library Tournament of Books Champion


Love, Hate & Other Filters
by Samira Ahmed

Runner Up


2018 Batavia Public Library Tournament of Books Champion

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Runner Up

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
and rounding out the final four are:
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

2018 Sweet 16 printable list

2017 Batavia Public Library Tournament of Books Champion

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

Runner Up

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
and rounding out the final four are:
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty      
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

2018 Sweet 16 printable list