The Book Booth: April Come She Will Edition


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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: April Come She Will Edition

Spring has sprung and April is right around the corner. Ah, April, the month of baseball, sunshine, blooming trees, fragrant odors, lawns that need to be mowed. Maybe Eliot was right.

Speaking of smells, there is nothing quite like the aroma of a used bookstore. And if you'd like to keep that smell with you all day, you know can with this new perfume. H/T to my good friend, Caleb Bullen for finding this item that can be yours for a mere eighty dollars.
Eau de Old Books

We're still at the tail end of March and with it, the continuing athletic displays of collegiate hoops, known as March Madness. I am not one to fill out brackets, as I don't really follow the game closely. I'm sure it leads to madness and obsession, much like the characters in the books Flavorwire recently highlighted in an article from Emily Temple.

Speaking of obsession, one book club in Boston has, for the past 18 years, met to discuss one book and one book only. That book would be Finnegan's Wake. Hats off to such persistence.
Finnegan's Wake Book Club

Some booksellers and librarians clearly have too much time on their hands, producing book/song parodies. These are seriously a lot of fun. Enjoy.
Book/Song Parodies

Back in 1966, Paul Simon asked if the theater was really dead in his song The Dangling Conversation. (I seem to have old Paul Simon songs on the brain this week.) The same question has hung over the novel for well over a century now. Vox recently time-lined the proclamation of the book's demise here.
The Book's Demise? Not So Fast!

If the novel were really dead, and I have serious doubts about it, we could always re-read some favorites. I like to re-read books. I just recently finished re-reading David Hadju's Positively Fourth Street, a fine look at the early days of the folk revival in the early sixties, focussed on the intertwined lives of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Richard and Mimi Farina. But there can be dangers in going back to a well-loved book. Susie Rodarme examined some of those dangers here at Book Riot.
You Can't Read That Book Again (Or Maybe Shouldn't)

Alas, the famed historian of folk and blues music, Samuel Charters, has passed away at age 85. The New York Times had this lengthy obituary.
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You, Samuel Chambers

I have a few items from the intersection of books and politics to share. First off, it seems that Stephen King is no pal of Maine's teabagging governor. Governor LePage recently intimated that King does not pay taxes; King called him out.
King to LePage: Stop Lying

Meanwhile, activists helped to shut down Hancock Air Base in New York state and used oversized books to make their point in a creative display of protest.
Anti-Drone Activists

And who knew that the path to literacy in the Soviet Union could be so much fun? THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. DO NOT OPEN THIS LINK IN FRONT OF CHILDREN. Enjoy. H/t to old pal and publisher, Richard Grabman.
Soviet Erotic Alphabet

In happy news, the great songwriter Elvis Costello has a new memoir in the works, due to be published by a Penguin imprint sometime in October. This news will no doubt please SeattleTammy who is probably Mr. Costello's biggest fan.
Elvis Costello Memoir

May you all have sweet smelling weekends, filled with books and good music. Let us know what books you've got going, and, heck, tell us what music you are loving.


Lauren Mayer: 'Downton Abbey Congressman'



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

From Lauren's email to me this week:

How could I resist this combination of scandal, schadenfreude at the fall of an entitled shmuck, and my favorite period TV show?

And check out my recent appearance, with a fascinating and opinionated panel, on the latest episode of "The Tim Corrimal Show," if you aren't already subscribing! -

From YouTube

The downfall of the extravagant, jet-setting ab-displaying hunk who moonlighted as a Congressman

From this week's song:

He served his district's snowboarding on Pinterest...

And so this former GOP golden the latest corrupt politician from Illinois...


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck March 22, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues



Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

If Media’s The Message

Israel, End Times And Hagee

Politics Nation

  • #SimplyFoaming RIck aka ‘Frothy’ Santorum, tells far-right crowd it’s up to them to get Bibles back in schools to save America
  • #USOfJesus David Lane Wants Religious Right ‘Army’ To Pick Next President
  • #AmericanAyatollah Meet David Lane: The Anti-Gay, Christian-Nation Extremist Of The RNC
  • #FabricateAllYouLikeFrothyYoullNeverGrabTheBigRing Rick Santorum: Obama ‘Intentionally’ Allowing Evil To ‘Prosper Around The World’
  • #ErpNoThanks From The Pulpit To The White House, Huckajesus Seeks To Become America’s Pastor In Chief
  • #FlimFlamScammery Right Winger Erick Erickson Rips Huckajesus For Pitching Products Like The “Diabetes Solution” That His Site Cashed In On
  • ItsllAboutThatBase The Jebster pandering away.
  • #JebstersFollies Not to forget Terri Schiavo on life support, as well as less well-known, and also unsuccessful, efforts to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally disabled rape victim and to prevent a 13-year-old girl from having an abortion
  • #AveACup Ted Cruz: The Tea Party’s Doomsday Prophet
  • #FrothyFoments Rick Santorum tells woman who thinks Obama almost nuked Charleston, SC that Obama is a dangerous tyrant
  • #HuckaSpew Obama has “a great sense of identity with/empathy for many of the other Middle Eastern nations.
  • #FoldingToTheCrazies The Jebster Implicitly Endorses GA Bill that Wud Legalize Discrimination Against Gays.

Religion Gone Bad, Gone Mad

Same Sex Issues

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandals And Scams


Science Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

  • #NoPaulRevereHe Mat Staver: “A collision of unprecedented magnitude” coming between gay rights and Christianity
  • #DoofusAlert FOX News’ Steve Doocy & Anti-Gay Christian Pastor Think “Have A Blessed Day” Air Force Greeting Is Awesome
  • #CrusaderMentality USAF commanders told to “send it up the chain of command” when they get a complaint from Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s Mikey Weinstein.



The Book Booth: Springtime Edition



Image: Publishers Weekly

The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Springtime Edition

It finally arrived last night and it's official. Spring has sprung upon us, and with it, all the blooming flowers and sunny glades.

I understand that there was also a solar eclipse as well, but it was far too overcast here to notice much. I hope you had a better view.

First off this week in the good news department, fans of Canadian author Margaret Atwood will be delighted to learn that she has a new novel being published by Penguin Random House (geez is that strange to type) in September. The title is The Heart Stands Alone. You can read about it here.

With the sad passing of Terry Pratchett does come the happier news that there will be one final Discworld novel coming later this summer, entitled The Shepherd's Crown as well as another novel, The Long Utopia, co-authored with Stephen Baxter. The Independent talks about it here. At the bottom of the link, there is a sweet photo essay with some Pratchett quotations that you will enjoy. Pratchett

And for fans of Alan Moore, author of the graphic novels The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, his long-awaited novel Jerusalem will be published in the US by Norton Liveright in the Fall of 2016. It should be a doorstop of a book, running up to a million words, or about twice as long as War and Peace.

On occasion, and in want of a light read, I'll pick up a memoir or biography of one of Hollywood's talents. Word & Film recently discussed the best of the genre here. Oddly, they didn't include Shelley Winters memoir, Shelley Also Known as Shirley, nor David Niven's exaggerated tales told in The Moon's a Balloon. But of the books mentioned, Louise Brooks Lulu in Hollywood is a great read.
Star Memoirs

Ah, remembering fondly the acerbic Gore Vidal, the Telegraph of Great Britain reviewed his many, many feuds. (And speaking of memoirs, his Palimpsest was an engaging book).

So far as I know, Vidal never quarreled with Miguel Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and often described as the father of the modern novel. (Vidal did pick a fight with Ernest Hemingway in asserting the Edgar Allan Poe and not Mark Twain was the true founder of American literature.) But it now seems that the remains of Cervantes may have been found in Madrid. The BBC has the story here. Cervantes

With spring now here, Baseball's opening day can't be far behind. It is, in fact, on April 5th this year. And who knew that this is the 100th anniversary of that source of stats, profiles and all things baseball Who's Who in Baseball? (100 years ago, Babe Ruth was pitching for the Boston Red Sox). NPR did!
Baseball Stats

With the rise of English as the lingua franca, so to speak, in the world today, there are consequences for both written and spoken language. Minae Mizumura examines this phenomena in her new book, The Fall of Language in the Age of English, which she discussed for Publishers Weekly recently.

Book jacket designs are meant, of course, to draw your eye to a book in your independent bookstore, and pick it up, browse through it and buy it. But the process in getting the "right" cover is not so easy, as MJ Franklin at Mashable shows.
Hausfrau Book Cover Art

Finally, a bit of fun from Buzzfeed. What is the worst thing that can happen to you as book lover?
The list seems pretty exhaustive to me.  Worst Things

Happy Springtime everyone! Enjoy the blooms and let us know what books have enthralled you this past week.