I've joined the Outmoded Authors blogspot, set up by the wonderful Imani.
This is exciting!
In July, I did a similar challenge, trying to read Neglected Authors (those who are excellent and should be read but for some reason do not have wide readership).
Outmoded Authors, as described on the blogspot, gives "some needed attention to authors who have fallen by the way side."
The main difference between the two categories, as I see it, is that Neglected Authors may not ever have had wide readership, for whatever reasons, while Outmoded Authors once were prominent or popular and have somehow lost readership. In July, I managed only to read Nathanael West, who turned out to be a classic example of Neglected Authorship. (I vow this weekend to finish my post on Miss Lonelyhearts.)
Imani has compiled quite an impressive list; if you are looking for new authors, this will work as a wonderful reference.
As for me, my challenge will be to finish Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy, a big fat copy of which has long languished on my bookshelf.
This, combined with the upcoming RIP Challenge, should keep me kneecap-deep in lively reading 'til year-end.