Bareknuckle Books


Which author would win in a (literary) fight?

That’s the question you get to help answer during Bareknuckle Books, our Author Cage Match - “Paperweight” Division. Vote for your choice of author in each round April 13-17, and those winners will advance until we have our 2015 Bareknuckle Books Champion!

Who are the authors? And what’s with the “fighting?”
Glad you asked! We chose some of our favorite authors, living or dead. And everyone loves a competition, so we thought it would be fun to see which you think are the best.

Authors will be paired up, and you vote to decide who wins. (Whether they’re competing for the title of best author, or who would actually win in a knock-down, drag-out fight is up to you...)

UPDATE (4/18/2015):

We have a winner! Thank you everyone who played Bareknuckle Books. After many rounds, our victor is MAYA ANGELOU! Click here for more information on how each fight turned out.

And now, the competitors:

ERNEST HEMINGWAY vs. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
JANE AUSTEN vs. CHARLOTTE BRONTE
ZORA NEALE HURSTON vs. MARK TWAIN
MAYA ANGELOU vs. SYLVIA PLATH
J.K. ROWLING vs. DR. SEUSS
STEPHEN KING vs. JOE HILL
STAN LEE vs. ALAN MOORE
SAPPHO vs. HOMER


May the best writer win!

How do I vote?
Visit kclibrary.org/bareknucklebooks Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17, and choose your victors. There will be new matches every day, and the winning authors will advance to the next rounds until we have a champion! Half of our authors will battle it out on Monday, the other half on Tuesday. After that, it’s winner-take-all as the previous days’ victors are pitted against each other until only one is left standing.

What’s in it for me?
Bragging rights! Also, it’s fun. (But don’t worry; there will also be a random drawing for some fun Library swag. Full contest information is below.)

Awesome! What can I do?
Vote! Tell your friends! Share #BareknuckleBooks on social media! Start arguments in bars over whether Ernest Hemingway had bigger <insert euphemism here> than Hunter S. Thompson! (Just know that we won’t be there to help bail you out afterward… Libraries are underfunded as is.)

Remember to visit kclibrary.org/bareknucklebooks every day this week to choose your victors, and have fun!




Contest Details:

To show our appreciation for participating in Bareknuckle Books, we are also hosting a random drawing for prizes. All you need to do is submit your name & email at kclibrary.org/bareknucklebooks and you will be entered into the raffle. (Heck, you don’t even have to vote in Bareknuckle Books to enter the drawing. That’s how much we like you!) The winners will be chosen at random and announced on April 20, 2015. Winners will be contacted via email, and their names published on the Library’s website.

One Grand Prize:
* One copy of a book written by the Bareknuckle Books “champion”, one Kansas City Public Library canvas tote bag, and two tumbler glasses from the Library’s recent Love on the Rocks reading program.

Two Runner-up prizes:
* One Kansas City Public Library canvas tote bag.
* One signed book by a previous Library presenter. (There have been some awesome authors who have come to speak at the Library over the years. We found some of their signed books that we had squirreled away, so why not give one away?)

Anyone is welcome to enter the drawing, but prizes must be picked up from one of our Kansas City Public Library locations.