Of course in skimming through my house full of shelves last week for the most recent Firmament, I came up with more than ten favorite author photos, and so here I'd like to present 19 more whose scans I didn't want just to end up sitting neglected on my hard drive. And rather than chatter semi-endlessly about them, I'm presenting them without explanation, for the pleasure of their images alone, and their juxtaposition. And why not make a quiz out of it, for the three or four people who stop by here?
Here's how I'll do it: I'll post the composite photo here, and then do two more follow-up posts, so the answers aren't spoiled for those who want to play, and so those who do want to play can have two ways to do so. The first follow-up post will give the 19 names, but out of order, for those who'd like a head start in identifying the authors. And the second post will list the authors in correct order as an answer key. (I'll also list the books the photos are from, but you only have to get the author to be correct, at least according to my rules.) If you want to try to guess the authors cold, then jump straight to the answer key after you guess, but if you want some hints, stop by the middle post and try to unscramble the names.
Please post how you did. I'm guessing some of these will be easy, some middling, and some virtually impossible unless you have exactly the same book collection I do. But here they are, in their motley glory: