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

By Jeff Howe
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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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/10/november-nominations-celebrating-dead-authors-and-dead-votes/247165/