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Virago Author of the Month - Voting for Jan, Feb, Mar

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1Soupdragon
Edited: Dec 15, 2016, 8:46am Top

We now have a list of wonderful Virago authors who we've nominated and seconded.

The next step is to vote for the author or authors you'd most like to read over the next few months. You have up to two votes and I'll count up the votes next Wednesday, 21st December.

The authors are:

Margaret Kennedy
Edith Wharton
Barbara Comyns
Rebecca West
Vita Sackville-West
Margaret Laurence
Willa Cather
Margaret Atwood
Sylvia Townsend Warner
Nina Bawden
Elizabeth von Arnim
E.H Young
Margaret Oliphant
Kate O'Brien
Rumer Godden
Molly Keane

Please shout if I've missed anyone!

2Soupdragon
Dec 15, 2016, 8:49am Top

Feeling almost disloyal to those amazing authors I haven't chosen but my votes are for:

Margaret Kennedy
Edith Wharton

3kaggsy
Edited: Dec 15, 2016, 9:21am Top

Thanks for organising Dee!

My votes are for:

Rebecca West
Margaret Atwood

(and I didn't even nominate both of those!!)

4SassyLassy
Dec 15, 2016, 10:34am Top

5LyzzyBee
Dec 15, 2016, 11:23am Top

Vita Sackville-West
Barbara Comyns

(if it's OK to vote if I didn't nominate)

6Soupdragon
Dec 15, 2016, 12:10pm Top

>5 LyzzyBee:, Of course Liz! You mentioned Comyns on the earlier thread, so I was counting you as a potential Comyns nominator or seconder anyway.

7Liz1564
Dec 15, 2016, 2:00pm Top

Vita Sackville-West
any of the others is fine with me

8juliette07
Dec 15, 2016, 2:53pm Top

Kate O'Brien
Rumer Godden

Dee - I presume Nadine Gordimer didn't make the cut as there are insufficient of her books published in Virago . . . ?

9Soupdragon
Edited: Dec 15, 2016, 3:14pm Top

>8 juliette07: Julie, the list is comprised of authors who were seconded in the nominations thread. I didn't think Gordimer was seconded but if I missed that, please do let me know.

I'm not sure why she wasn't seconded by anyone but lack of Virago novels shouldn't have been an issue. We're certainly not restricted to reading novels published by Virago once we do decide on our chosen authors.

I am a Nadine Gordimer fan myself and am wondering why I didn't second her actually...so many wonderful Virago writers!

12mrspenny
Dec 15, 2016, 3:49pm Top

13Soupdragon
Edited: Dec 15, 2016, 3:52pm Top

>12 mrspenny: Not this time, sorry! (Though as above, do let me know if I've missed anything).

14lauralkeet
Dec 15, 2016, 3:53pm Top

>12 mrspenny: you'll have to start campaigning early for the second quarter voting!! :)

15europhile
Dec 15, 2016, 4:57pm Top

In order to be consistent with myself (for a change) I'll opt for Rebecca West and Vita Sackville-West but really I'd be happy with any of the others also.

17romain
Dec 15, 2016, 7:30pm Top

I didn't get round to nominating anyone but these are all great choices. The trouble is I have read almost all the books I own by all of them with the exception of

Margaret Oliphant
E H Young

So I guess I'm voting for them.

18Sakerfalcon
Dec 16, 2016, 6:16am Top

Margaret Kennedy and Willa Cather

19juliette07
Dec 16, 2016, 8:01am Top

~ 9 Thanks Dee!! Didn't mean to be a pain!

20Soupdragon
Dec 16, 2016, 8:56am Top

>19 juliette07:, you could never be a pain, Julie! Sorry if my response was a bit drawn out but I wasn't sure if you were asking why Gordimer wasn't included in the list or why she didn't get seconded. Think I pretty much covered all possibilities!

21Heaven-Ali
Dec 16, 2016, 3:59pm Top

My votes would be for

E H Young
Nina Bawden

22souloftherose
Dec 20, 2016, 2:48pm Top

There are so many on the list that I'd be happy to read but my two votes go to

Edith Wharton
Barbara Comyns

23Soupdragon
Edited: Dec 21, 2016, 1:25pm Top

Thanks everyone for voting.

I've counted up the votes and that leaves us with Vita Sackville-West in first place with six votes and Rebecca West and Edith Wharton in joint second place with five votes each.

So our January author will be Vita Sackville-West.

I'll suggest Rebecca West for February and Edith Wharton for March but shout if you have a preference for doing that the other way round!

24kaggsy
Dec 21, 2016, 10:01am Top

That sounds fab to me Dee - thanks for doing this! :)

25SassyLassy
Dec 21, 2016, 10:24am Top

>23 Soupdragon: Thanks so much for doing this. That sounds like a good plan.

26lauralkeet
Dec 21, 2016, 12:06pm Top

Wonderful! Thank you Dee.

27Soupdragon
Dec 21, 2016, 1:37pm Top

>24 kaggsy: >25 SassyLassy: >26 lauralkeet: You're very welcome!

I'll start the first thread at the beginning of January or end of December.

28Sakerfalcon
Dec 22, 2016, 5:08am Top

That sounds great, thank you for organising us, Dee!

*off to look at Virago TBR shelves*

29juliette07
Dec 22, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Thanks Dee - looking forward to it and making it a personal challenge to read away from theological and work books - although I *do* love them x
Off to find a Vita Sackville-West now :)

30rainpebble
Dec 23, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Ahhhhh, I missed the voting but am thrilled with the authors who made the cut. I love all three! Well done, my kind & gentle friends. Off to see what Vita I can find on my Kindle. SQUEEEEEEEEEE!~!

31Stuck-in-a-Book
Dec 24, 2016, 8:41am Top

I also missed the voting, but was going to vote Vita Sackville-West anyway! (I've been horribly absent - is the plan to read just their VMCs, or anything at all by them? I've got lots of VSWs that weren't VMCed.)

32rainpebble
Dec 24, 2016, 12:30pm Top

Hello Simon. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you.

Regarding your query, for the vote the authors need to be a VMC author BUT for our reading, we can read whatever work of theirs we choose. I am wondering if a bio of the author written by someone else would count. Probably not. My guess is it would have to be an autobiography.

Anyhoo.........cheers to you Si.............good to 'see' you here once again. I am glad that you will be joining us for the VMC author reads. I like this challenge because it is pretty casual.

33Soupdragon
Dec 24, 2016, 4:03pm Top

Definitely okay to read anything by the chosen authors, not just those published by Virago.

Actually I think we can be as flexible as we like with the "rules". If whatever we're reading has any links with our author, it'll probably be interesting for others to hear about it.

Good to see you here again Simon, *waves*

34Stuck-in-a-Book
Dec 27, 2016, 3:22pm Top

Thanks both of you! Lovely to be back :) I certainly hope to join in with a Vita or two, though not sure which I have where.

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