November Nominations: Celebrating Dead Authors ... and Dead Votes!

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A few days ago one of our most loyal (and amusing) bookies, David Eccles (@deccles26) made a suggestion: Choose November and December books all at one time. David, you see, lives in Melbourne, Australia. It's a wonderful city, but one that suffers—when it comes to obtaining books from American publishers—from what David calls "the tyranny of distance."

I think I speak for the #1book140 hardcores when I say we'll do just about anything to keep David reading with us. And besides: It's not a bad idea.

Another not-at-all-bad-idea? Make November "dead author month." There's been much discussion of keeping lobbying to a minimum during the voting process, and the logic is that "dead authors can't game the system." Dead authors still have living publishers, but I think it's a fun idea, and as @cathrynspry points out, November is the month of the dead (All Souls' Day falls on November 2).

Yet another brilliant idea? Make the December shortlist out of our previous runners-up. This may or may not be a way to finally elevate the perennial bridesmaid (but never the bride), P.G. Wodehouse to #1book140 selection.

So what does all this mean? Nominate a book by your favorite dead author below. All genres welcome.

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Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard. More

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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