Please answer LibraryThing related questions here (and on the other Help and FAQ pages). To ASK questions, however, please use Talk.
To add an author to your favorite list, search for the author, and then click the "add to your favorites link" in the Members section on the author's page. The results will show up on the author page and on your profile.
To remove an author from your favorite list, repeat the same steps.
Who are "LibraryThing Authors"?
LibraryThing Authors are members who are also published authors. The LT Author program lets readers browse the personal library of their favorite authors, and lets authors connect their readers. See a blog post about it, or visit the LibraryThing Author page for more information.
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No. LibraryThing does not keep contact information for authors. If you want to contact an author, try finding an official website for that author or contact their publisher.
Look for the "Also known as?" column on the author page. It will tell you which author names are included in that particular entry, and will suggest other author names to be combined. Because LibraryThing draws from so many different sources, it can't enforce a single name for a given author. Be careful combining names like "Anonymous", though, as it will make all anonymous works "belong" to your author as well.
If a number of works are by distinct, homonymous authors you can split the author. This separates the various authors sharing a name by the books they've written. The option to split an author is in the green box on the right hand side of every author page. See Steve Martin's author page for an example.
Check this Talk page where "author division aliasing" feature is presented: http://www.librarything.com/topic/109411#2504693
Any LibraryThing member who is logged in may upload an author picture, by clicking the "add a picture" link on an author page. Note that these should be pictures of the author, not cover art.
What are the rules about contributing photos to LibraryThing?
We take copyright seriously. See Contributing photos to LibraryThing.
Yes. Your author gallery shows you all your authors, all authors with pictures, all without, etc.