Greatest Chicago Book Tournament: The final matchup

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Look around the city and you'll see all the familiar signs of impending spring: Peeps, Cadbury eggs, and boxes of matzo in the grocery store; children playing outside and grown men in shorts; a green river and rivers of green beer and Irish-people-for-a-day puking up and down Clark Street. Suddenly our city is a cheerful place again and we don't need books to remind ourselves how much we love it. All of which means our winter-long Greatest Chicago Book Tournament has served its purpose and is nearly at an end.

But there is one more round, the final and, arguably, the most important: the final matchup between Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns and Studs Terkel's Working. Which one will our panel of judges choose?

But for those of you who have been following the tournament since it launched in November, you know that there is much more at stake than the honor of a single book. There's also a trip to Mexico to be awarded to the Reader reader who best predicts the judges' decisions.

After three rounds, no one has a perfect record. That leaves the field wide open. If you've voted in the first three rounds and want to win that trip, please file your final ballot. As always, you can only vote once, and please submit your email address so we know where to find you.

Voting ends at midnight on April 5. The winner—both the book and the reader—will be announced in our Spring Books Issue on April 16. Good luck!

The fine print:
Voting runs as follows:
Round one: November 19-November 23, 11:59 PM
Round two: January 13-January 18, 11:59 PM
Round three: February 23-March 1, 11:59 PM
Final: March 16-April 5, 11:59 PM

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