The Guardian has compiled a list of 32 authors to compete in a bracketed tournament for the title of Greatest American Author. Normally, this sort of thing really appeals to me. Well-read, intelligent people passionately discussing the merits and demerits of various authors in a fantasy sports team format which will eventually allow one or two authors to float above the rest and battle for the title? My bookworm boner is poking through my pants right now. But the competition has a few rules which I strongly disagree with: 1.Each author must've written at least four novels in order to be included. This unfairly eliminates Harper Lee and David Foster Wallace and Dan Brown (I kid, I kid...), authors who didn't need to prove their mettle with four pieces of work because one or two were more than enough for everyone to recognize their genius and talent. 2. Only American authors are being considered.I understand that restricting the pool to American authors was kind of the entire point of their bracket system, but I think this is yet another case of British people overlooking the vast amount of beautiful literature that comes out of Canada and Mexico. Diego Rivera, Margaret Atwood, Carlos Fuentes...they deserve to compete. I think Great NORTH American Novelists would be a more interesting tournament. Besides, the whole "best American writer" thing is overplayed. Been there, read that, blah blah. 3. They're only considering books and authors who've written within the past 100 years. Again, I understand that you have to have a cutoff point in order to keep the crowned author relevant to today's standards of excellence, but I think it's unnecessarily arbitrary. Focus:TiB, we can do better. Throw out suggestions for the Official TIB Great North American Novelist Tournament. Name your author, relevant novels (fiction only, unless you can convince us otherwise), and articulate reasons for why your picks are the best. Mods, once we have enough names for a bracketed tournament, will y'all pretty-please set one up and let everyone vote?