2022 AuthorCat Planning Thread

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2022 AuthorCat Planning Thread

Bewerkt: dec 8, 2021, 7:22pm

We have chosen AuthorCat as one of our Cat Challenges for 2022. Listed Below is our schedule for the year with hosts and themes that we will be reading:

2022 AuthorCat Schedule

January - pamelad: Indigenous Authors: https://www.librarything.com/topic/337346#
February - Thornton37814: 19th Century Authors
March - Clue: Authors First Published at Age 40 or later
April - lsh63: Debut Authors
May - Kristelh: Authors From Your Own Country
June - LibraryCin: Non-Fiction Authors
July - Tanyadogearedcopy: Asian Authors
August - DeltaQueen: Prize Winning Authors
September - Tess_W: African Authors
October - dudes22: Authors in Translation
November - DeltaQueen - Authors who set their books against real events
December - Salylou61: Favorite Authors

Just to qualify, the host will be responsible for posting the monthly thread, we usually request that the thread is up on the 15th of the previous month. Your first post should describe the theme and perhaps give us a few examples. You will also be responsible for adding your month to the Wiki so that we can list our reads there.

Author Cat Wiki: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2022_AuthorCAT

Please remember to let us know when your AuthorCat thread is up and I will add the address to the above list so others can find it easily.

nov 6, 2021, 2:45pm

This is one of the two I will be participating in. I will think about other themes to add.

nov 6, 2021, 3:15pm

Possibly nonfiction authors (or would that come under genre authors?) --- possibly list some of the different genres

Also, I assumed that this would be books by these authors instead of about these authors. Is this a correct assumption?

nov 6, 2021, 3:36pm

>3 sallylou61: I will add non-fiction authors to the list above.

Yes, I also figured that we would read books by the authors that fit the themes - not books about the author.

nov 6, 2021, 3:50pm

What are you thinking for genre authors?

Bewerkt: nov 6, 2021, 4:23pm

How about Indigenous writers?

And because the African&AsianCAT didn't get up, Writers born or living in Africa and Asia.

ETA LT Authors, Series Authors, Authors from your own country, Nineteenth Century Authors

nov 6, 2021, 4:38pm

>5 Tess_W: I was thinking of authors that are known for certain genres be it romance, science fiction, fantasy or mysteries.

>6 pamelad: I will add all your suggestions to the list above.

nov 6, 2021, 4:55pm

>6 pamelad: The African/Asian authors suggestion is a good idea, as I think Africa/AsiaCAT got a fair bit of discussion going even though it didn't ultimately become a CAT.

I wonder if we need female/male authors? CATWoman is one of the other CATs, and I would imagine that men will probably be pretty highly represented in the other suggestions. I think quite a few of us are already trying to increase our reading of female authors, and I would prefer (I think) to try and do that across the monthly suggestions where I can.

nov 6, 2021, 5:07pm

>8 Jackie_K:. I like Jackie's suggestion about female/male authors. The female authors could easily be covered in CATWoman.

nov 6, 2021, 5:29pm

I will remove the male/female authors from the list.

nov 6, 2021, 5:49pm

Can I ask what 'LT authors' means? Are you referring to authors who have an LT profile, or something else?

Bewerkt: nov 6, 2021, 6:48pm

Bewerkt: nov 6, 2021, 7:51pm

>3 sallylou61: I also assumed that the monthly themes would refer to books by the authors but now that you mention it would books about authors work as one month's theme? People could choose biographies of authors or books where an author is a main character.

nov 6, 2021, 9:09pm

>13 Robertgreaves: Interesting idea, Robert. I will add it to the list.

nov 6, 2021, 11:19pm

Indigenous authors.......indigenous to where? Will the host pick several geographic areas from which to choose?

Bewerkt: nov 6, 2021, 11:59pm

>15 Tess_W: I was thinking about Australian aboriginal people, Native Americans i.e. the people who lived in a country before it was colonised. Reader to choose which country.

nov 7, 2021, 3:56pm

>16 pamelad: I really like that option and hope it is chosen for one of the months.

nov 9, 2021, 12:18pm

Since we've had no more suggestions for topics and very little discussion in the last 48 hours I think we can now look for volunteers to pick a month and a topic that they wish to host. If you have an idea that hasn't been added to the top list, feel free to use it as your topic. I will be taking a month but I will wait for now to let others have first choice.

If you have any questions or concerns please post them so we can discuss.

nov 9, 2021, 1:16pm

Hi Judy can I have debut authors in April?

nov 9, 2021, 1:41pm

You can and thanks, Lisa!

nov 9, 2021, 3:24pm

Could I have African authors for September? Please and thank you!

nov 9, 2021, 4:12pm

May I have Asian Authors for July?

nov 9, 2021, 4:47pm

Could I do Indigenous Authors in January?

nov 9, 2021, 5:20pm

>21 Tess_W:, >22 Tanya-dogearedcopy:, >23 pamelad: Thank you, I've added your names and topics to the list.

Bewerkt: nov 9, 2021, 9:11pm

There are two I want to happen, but I don't know that I want to host two months to make sure of it! LOL! (Well, there's more than that, but two for sure...)

I need to decide...

nov 10, 2021, 6:28am

Just spotting this thread. I'll volunteer for 19th century authors. I'll take February.

nov 10, 2021, 12:00pm

>26 thornton37814: Great, Lori. I've added you to the list.

nov 10, 2021, 1:05pm

I will do a month with authors first published at the age of 40 or later.

nov 10, 2021, 2:35pm

>28 clue: That sounds like an interesting topic. Thanks for volunteering, do have a month in particular you would like to host or should I just slot you into March.

Bewerkt: nov 10, 2021, 2:44pm

>27 DeltaQueen50: Thanks. There are 2 n's in my last name (part of username).

nov 10, 2021, 3:26pm

>30 thornton37814: I've corrected that, Lori. I have to admit that was a dumb typo as I know how to spell your name.

nov 10, 2021, 3:56pm

>31 DeltaQueen50: My name is often misspelled. I think most people just don't hear the first "n."

nov 10, 2021, 5:01pm

Neither of the two I really want have been chosen yet, but I'm going to go ahead and choose one now. And just hope the other gets chosen, as well. :-)

I would like to do Nonfiction authors in June.

nov 10, 2021, 5:51pm

>33 LibraryCin: What's the other one you really want?

Bewerkt: nov 10, 2021, 7:15pm

Thanks, Cindy, I will add you to June.

I've put Clue into March with "Authors first published at age 40 or later".

I will put myself into August with Prize Winning Authors.

nov 10, 2021, 7:17pm

4 more to go!

nov 10, 2021, 8:58pm

I'd like October, please and I'll take authors in translation.

Bewerkt: nov 11, 2021, 12:03am

>34 SilverWolf28: I like the "Authors from your own country", although I suppose that's less appealing for those from the US.

ETA: Maybe those from the US could amend it to be just a bit trickier (if they want) and do an author from their state?

nov 10, 2021, 11:02pm

>38 LibraryCin: If "Authors from your own country" is one of the topics selected, I would read an author from my state (Virginia) or Region (Appalachia).

nov 10, 2021, 11:21pm

>37 dudes22: Thanks, Betty. I've added you to the list.

nov 11, 2021, 6:45am

I will volunteer for authors from my own country and I will volunteer for May.

nov 11, 2021, 12:53pm

>41 Kristelh: Excellent!

nov 11, 2021, 1:41pm

This CAT is coming along very well for volunteers. Why don't I do favorite authors in December? In that busy month, we can relax and read a favorite author.

Bewerkt: nov 11, 2021, 2:28pm

March is fine for me but if someone else wants to exchange I can do that.

nov 11, 2021, 2:38pm

>43 sallylou61: Thank you. Favorite Authors in December is a great idea!

>44 clue: Thanks.

nov 11, 2021, 2:41pm

Okay folks, we have one more month to complete. If you are thinking of hosting or have a theme that you would like to see done, then this is your chance. November is still available.

nov 11, 2021, 3:56pm

>41 Kristelh: Yay! Thank you, Kristel!

nov 11, 2021, 4:43pm

>47 LibraryCin: You're welcome Cindy and thanks for the inspiration.

nov 11, 2021, 11:44pm

I have decided that if no one comes forward in the next couple of days, I will take on November and I've been thinking of topics that I would like to see and have come up with a couple:

1. Authors who set their novels against real events - such as war, the making of certain movies, political events, headline news, life and death of famous people etc.

2. Authors who write about issues - mental illness, aging, divorce, marriage, race, religion, dealing with death, illness, bullying, rape etc.

Anybody have any thoughts which one you'd prefer or any other ideas that we could explore through the AuthorCat?

nov 12, 2021, 12:36am

>49 DeltaQueen50: I like the real events idea

nov 12, 2021, 1:01am

>50 Robertgreaves: Thanks, Robert. One vote for "real events"!

nov 12, 2021, 9:44am

I'm going to vote for author's who write about issues (since I know I've got some books that will fit).

nov 12, 2021, 10:42am

Hi Judy I think authors who write about issues may provide more to choose from?

nov 12, 2021, 2:36pm

>49 DeltaQueen50: Real events get my vote.

nov 12, 2021, 2:42pm

>49 DeltaQueen50: Another vote for real events. Could it include non-fiction?

nov 12, 2021, 2:43pm

Also liking the sounds of real events.

Bewerkt: nov 12, 2021, 2:49pm

Well, I think "Real Events" seems to be the popular choice so that's what we'll go with.

We have now completed the AuthorCat schedule!!

ETA: >55 pamelad: Yes, Non-fiction should fit in here perfectly. I hope that non-fiction choices will fit all of our themes.

nov 12, 2021, 6:50pm

Majkia has graciously agreed to set up the Wiki for us in a few days. So we will soon be all set.

Bewerkt: nov 12, 2021, 9:03pm

>49 DeltaQueen50: I like both, but my vote goes to the issues.

ETA: Oops! I see decision is already made.

nov 12, 2021, 9:11pm

>59 LibraryCin: I suggested the issues topic for the CatWoman, maybe it will get chosen over there.

nov 13, 2021, 12:16pm

We have a Wiki which can be found here:


Thanks to Majkia.

dec 8, 2021, 7:23pm

January's thread can be found here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/337346#

jan 15, 12:59pm

Here's the February 19th century author thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/338792

jan 15, 2:10pm

>63 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori!