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About HCC March Madness

Now in its 7th year, HCC March Madness is a competition that takes 64 books and matches them in head-to-head competitions until one is crowned champion. Starting on March 4th, readers will vote in each match-up to determine which book advances to the next round. Every Monday, we'll reveal which books move forward until we are down to one winner.

Looking for ways to support your favourite book? You can tweet, post, or share on social media using the hashtag #HCCMarchMadness.

The best part about this competition? One of you will take home a library of all 64 books competing! Once you've voted on each match-up you'll be asked to submit a contest entry. You can vote every hour, but you can only enter the contest once a day. If you have any questions or concerns please email

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And the 2014 winner is... The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien!

Thank you all for voting!


Competition Update

April 14, 2014


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien!

Thank you all for voting in the 2014 HCC March Madness competition. We've had a blast!

April 7, 2014


Will it be Tolkien or Narnia? Cast your votes today! We're one week away from crowning a winner, and giving one of you the 64-book prize pack...

March 31, 2014


Meet your Final Four titles: The Fellowship of the Ring, Charlotte's Web, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, or The 100-Year-Old Man? Which one will be crowned champion? That's up to you! Head on over to the voting page to support your favourite books.

March 24, 2014

We're down to the Elite 8!

Only 8 titles remain in Round 4 of HCC March Madness! Who will move on to the Final 4? In Middle Earth we have Tolkien's classic, The Fellowship of the Ring, up against Emma Donoghue's powerful novel, Room. In Wildwood Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane (which was our HCC Book of the Year last year), against the children's classic, Charlotte's Web. In Narnia it's Divergent (the #1 movie at the box office) versus The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A new children's blockbuster versus a classic - that will be a tough one! And finally, in Terabithia we have a fan favourite, The 100-Year-Old Man, against the international bestseller, The Alchemist. Who will move on to the Final 4? That's your call! Head over and vote.

March 11, 2014

64 books began, 32 remain!

We're through the first round of HCC March Madness! Thank you all so much for coming out and voting in Round 1, and entering to win that awesome prize. Now, down to the 32! All 4 books that inspired our bracket names moved forward into Round 2, but unfortunately 2-time HCC March Madness champion Dennis Lehane did not. The closest match-up of Round 1? The Round House vs The Son, with The Round House winning by just 15 vote. Every vote counts people, so make sure you cast yours today!

March 4, 2014

Round One Has Begun!

Get ready, it's HCC March Madness time!

New this year: We've given the site a brand-new look, brand new logo, and added in all kinds of share buttons so you can let your friends know which books you're cheering for. (Don't forget the hashtag #HCCMarchMadness!) You can also click on each book to learn a bit more about it, just in case you need some additional information before voting.

For the 2014 competition we've named the brackets after some of our favourite literary destinations. I'm sure some of you have been to Narnia, Wildwood, Middle Earth, and Terabithia before, through the pages of four of the books competing.

Want to see the other book competing? Click 'Vote Now' to start casting your votes.