Paperback Pandemonium 2022; or, The English Major’s March Madness

You thought March Madness was just for basketball? Well, think again!

There is nothing better than discussing your favorite book with friends! However, these conversations can lead down a competitive path. What better way to defend your favorite book than to vote in a book tournament?

This March, the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is hosting a four-conference paperback book “tournament.” Our conference categories are Science-Fiction, Young Adult literature, Pre-1900s Classics, and Post-1900s Classics.

Who do you think is the better science-fiction hero: Katniss Everdeen or Paul Atreides? Where would you want to live: Pemberley or Thornfield Hall? You decide!

The members of Sigma Tau Delta hope the chosen books and pairings will stimulate conversation about books, and what makes us want to read and remember them. Inside and outside of the English Department, literature impacts us all. This tournament is a great reminder of all the books that have shaped us!

Starting today (March 1), we’ll be running weekly “brackets.” We’ll start with 4 pairs in each “conference,” and whittle down the competitors each week until we declare a winner in early April.

Join us in voting for your favorite books in Paperback Pandemonium 2022! Keep an eye out for event flyers around campus, the ECS Building, and social media that will allow you to cast your vote using a QR Code. You can also cast your vote at

Additionally, a physical copy of the bracket will be featured on the bulletin board near Room 108D in the English/Counseling Services Building. Follow along as the voting continues throughout the month of March!

We encourage you to share your vote on social media or take a selfie with the physical bracket. Remember to use #pbp2022, #KStateEnglish, and #KStateSigmaTauDelta so you can join the conversation about this year’s contenders. Follow us on Instagram @kstatesigmataudelta for updates of the tournament! We hope this event will be fun and bring us together, even if we disagree!

If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and would like to know more about Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary, check out our website or contact us at

— Natalie Clark (BA ’22), President, Sigma Tau Delta, and Naomi Wood, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies / Faculty Advisor for Sigma Tau Delta

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