Wrap-up for the Willa Cather Novel Reading Challenge 2012

I’d like that thank everyone who participated in the Willa Cather Novel Reading Challenge 2012! Special thanks to the folks who run A Novel Challenge for listing the challenge and to The Willa Cather Foundation for promoting the challenge throughout the year.

It was great to hear from so many people here on the blog, via email, and in person. I was especially excited to hear from folks who were reading Cather for the first time, or for the first time since high school. Others who were already familiar with Cather re-read their favorite novels. A few people completely read all 12 of Cather’s novels. For those who tried Cather for the first time and didn’t find her to their liking, I say congratulations for being willing to explore a new author or genre!

2013 is going to be a big year for Cather fans. In January the first mystery novel featuring Cather is coming out: On The Rocks by Sue Hallgarth (stay tuned for a giveaway post!). Then in April literary history will be made with the publication of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Cather’s “break-out” novel, O Pioneers! so keep an eye out for celebrations (its already been chosen as the One Book, One Nebraska read for 2013). Also, My Antonia is one of the give-away titles for the second World Book Night on April 23, 2013–why not apply to be a giver? I’ll be sure to pass on any other Cather related news as I hear it and I’d love to hear any news you have to shareas well!

I wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year filled with lots of good reading!


  1. Thanks again for hosting. Your challenge was my best reading experience of 2012. And the Willa Cather bug is catching. My dad even read O Pioneers! over the holidays.

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