Now - the latin alphabet has how many letters? 26? That's probably what most of us learned in school. It's not true, though. The original latin alphabet as used by the Romans had only 20 letters, and many languages consider additional letters being part of their alphabet. Most of those are typographical variants of the base letters, adding so called diacritics: little hooks, bars, a dot or two, a circle or whatever typographers agreed to. Many of these originate from having drawn two previously independent characters together until one of them almost disappeared (Ö, Ø and Œ have all once been OE), others mark hyphenation (Zoë) or accentuation. Icelandic even incorporated a nordic rune into the latin alphabet (Þ).
This week we will search for those little special characters on our books. To make it independent from the language of the actual copy, we will only search in the author names. So our theme is:
----> Diacritics and local characters in author names <-----
The author name must include a diacritical character, i.e. a "modified" letter with an accent of any kind; or any other letter outside of the respective base alphabet.
Emily Brontë, Åke Edwardson, Gabriel García Márquez, Arnaldur Indriðason, Peter Høeg, Otfried Preußler, Wisława Szymborska.
The book may be registered to the BC database differently. If you spelled it "Bronte", it's ok, she won't be able to complain anyway.
Note: Æ, Œ and ß are, although commonly described as ligatures, considered distinctive letters in their respective languages, they count. Stylistic ligatures like "ﬃ" are, however, just the letters f,f,i in a different style, and the apostrophe in O'Someone is an apostrophe, not a letter - unless it comes in the old irish form of "Ó Someone", of course.
It might sometimes make a difference whether the name is written in uppercase or lowercase (german ß = SS, turkish i = İ but I = ı), or there may be variants of the same name (Jean Girauds pseudonym occurs as Møbius, Mœbius or Moebius). You may always use the variant on the cover OR a "correct" spelling as found e.g. on wikipedia, as you like.
And with this, I have finished my first block of four weeks and hand over to NancyNova :-)