Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Author Bibliographies on Book Chase


I spent some time last night setting up two new bibliography page tabs for the blog. The tabs show up near the top of the homepage in alphabetical order by author's last name, and there are now seven of them: James Lee Burke, Elizabeth George, Tim Hallinan, Larry McMurtry, Louise Penny, Ruth Rendell, and Anne Tyler. 

In addition to a list of what each author has published, I've included a very brief biography, a picture, and a video featuring the author in action. I think the videos add an extra touch to the author pages because, in most cases, I've been able to find a video in which the author is either being interviewed live or giving a presentation at some book event. For example, the video I found last night for Louise Penny's page is over an hour long, and from what I've seen of it so far, it's really funny and charming.

The two new pages are the ones for Tim Hallinan and Louise Penny, but I plan pages for Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, John Harvey, and a few
others. The idea began as kind of a checklist for my own use because I'm one of those obsessive completists who hope to own a copy of everything their favorite authors have written. That's seldom the case, of course.

Anyway, do take a look at the tabs up above if you have the time. I would welcome suggestions about making the pages more useful, so don't be bashful if you have ideas.  

Thanks.

4 comments:

  1. It's great to have a place to see all an author's works listed. I'm often looking for something like that! If you do a lot more author bios, you might want to have a separate page to list them, with just a tab for that list page in your header- I can imagine it will get unwieldy.

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    1. I'm sure you're right, Jeane. I can't imagine having more than a dozen or so individual tabs up top before the whole thing becomes to cluttered and too much of a distraction to be useful. Thanks.

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  2. I think it's an excellent idea. When I've got a bit more time I will spend some of it exploring what you've done.

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    1. Thanks, Cath. To this point, I've only been doing my favorite authors so I'm not sure how many there will be. Part of the limitation comes from the fact that I'll have to monitor the pages of active writers in order to keep things up to date on their pages.

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