Tournament of Classics 2017: Elite 8

Wow! After five days of fierce literary debate (nearly 1,000 votes from avid readers), eight competitors still stand in this year’s Tournament of Classics. All are giants of the book world and beloved role models for many a bluestocking…but only one will be crowned champion of Bas Bleu’s literature-themed March MadnessTM. You know the drill: Vote in the polls below to determine who will advance to the Final Four! Continue reading

Tournament of Classics 2017

For those readers new to the Bluestocking Salon, Bas Bleu’s Tournament of Classics is our annual tribute to college basketball’s March Madness™, in which we pit literary classics against one another in a “big dance” to victory. In years past, your favorite classic novels, children’s stories, mysteries/thrillers, and literary villains jockeyed for the grand prize. This year, the tournament belongs to the women, as sixteen beloved and unforgettable literary heroines face off. (Click on bracket to enlarge.)

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Tournament of Classics 2016: Championship (Updated!)

And we have a winner! After a deadly battle for dominance, Lord Voldemort bested Sauron in this year’s literary battle royale. We’re not entirely sure what this means for the fate of the world (for goodness sake, someone call Harry Potter!), but as always it was a fascinating and fun bookish twist on March Madness. Thanks to everyone who voted in Bas Bleu‘s Tournament of Classics 2016!

Winner 2016

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Tournament of Classics 2016: Final Four

Things have become…dark. But that’s probably par for the course in a battle royale between literature’s most conniving villains! The NCAA’s March Madness may have ended with a  buzzer-beater on Monday night, but Bas Bleu‘s Tournament of Classics is still going strong! We’re down to the Final Four now–and we don’t want to imagine what methods these four foes employed to make it this far in the game. Continue reading

Tournament of Classics 2016: Elite Eight

We shouldn’t be surprised: Of course literature’s wickedest villains fight dirty! After a fearsome battle that left eight contenders in the dust, a leaner (by half) pool of players has clawed their way into the Elite Eight bracket of Bas Bleu‘s Tournament of Classics 2016. You know the drill: Vote in the polls below to determine who will advance to the Final Four of our literature-themed March Madness!

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Tournament of Classics 2016

Every March, as the country goes bracket-crazy for basketball, Bas Bleu celebrates March Madness with our own nail-biting, buzzer-busting, book-based Tournament of Classics! In years past, we’ve concentrated on the books themselves—novels, children’s stories, mysteries and thrillers. But this year, we’re taking the tournament to another level, diving deep into literature to pit our favorite villains against one another in a “big dance” for the ages!

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April Book a Month: Hons and Rebels (Also, the Elite 8!)

HonsAndRebelsAs part of our 2014 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions about the featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!) 

If there is a more fascinating family than the Mitfords in recent history, we have yet to meet them! Our April selection, Hons and Rebels, is the “fabulously true story” of Jessica “Decca” Mitford, the fifth of six aristocratic English sisters whose personal and political scandals during the early- and mid- twentieth century continue to captivate us today. In this “gloriously entertaining” memoir, Decca recounts her unconventional childhood, her elopement with Winston Churchill’s nephew, and their adventures in Spain and the United States. Continue reading

Tournament of Classics 2014

Happy birthday, Bluestocking Salon! You’re one year old today. (They grow up so fast, don’t they?) Some of you may remember we launched this blog in 2013 with Bas Bleu’s Tournament of Classics, a literary take on the NCAA’s annual March Madness extravaganza. The result was a battle royale so intense that, in honor of the Bluestocking Salon’s big 0-1, we decided to play again!

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