So, as regular readers will know, I am compiling an alternative list of best American fiction published within the last 25 years, because the recently released New York Times list was unsatisfactory for many reasons. The most relevant of which is that they surveyed a bunch of 'writers, reviewers, and critics' who are all OLD MEDIA!
My goal is to survey litbloggers and gather nominations for an alternative list, as I detailed in my original post.
I've received many responses, but not enough to rival the New York Times' 'couple of hundred' sources.
No clear leader has emerged.
I've just sent emails to another hundred-odd bloggers asking them for their nominations. And a lot of them are going to be at the BEA. So I'm going to extend the voting time until the end of May.
However you came across this post, I want your vote. Here's the FAQ.
1) Why did you email me?
Because you have a literary blog.
2) Do I know you?
Probably not. Vote anyhow.
3) But I'm not American!
That's OK by me as long as you have an opinion.
4) Can I nominate anything or does it have to be respectable?
You can nominate any book that is American, fiction, and was published within the past 25 years. Except for The Da Vinci Code.
5) Why can't I nominate The Da Vinci Code?
Because I hate it and I am making the rules.
6) I want to nominate something that was published 28 years ago. Can I?
Sure. But it won't win. And who wants to vote for a loser?
7) I want to vote for more than one book. Can I?
8) I already voted but you emailed me again!
Sorry about that. Maybe I lost your vote or made a mistake. I am trying to email everyone back to confirm their vote.
9) Can I ask other people to vote?
Yes, please do! Anyone who has a blog and blogs about books can vote. Please pass it along to as many people as possible.
10) I co-edit a blog that has more than one contributor. Can we all vote?
11) How are you keeping track of the votes?
With the magic of spreadsheets.
12) Why didn't you email me with an invitation to vote?
I tried to email everyone whose blog is listed on the Complete Review. But there were many blogs where I could not find an email for the author. And if the blog was very out of date, I did not send an email. Or maybe I just missed you. Sorry! Vote anyhow!
13) How can I vote?
Email me at mapletree antispam at geocities.com. Include your vote and any comments. Please also include the name of your blog and tell me how you would like to be referenced when I publish the whole list. Or just post in the comments thread in this post or this post.