The Book Booth: The Late January Edition


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, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The NFL playoffs are in the books, and it's another New York Giants-New England Patriot Super Bowl. This matchup upsets one 49er fan, none other than San Francisco's own, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of City Lights Books, and one of America's leading poets. As far as his love for the San Francisco Giants, he and I will have to agree to disagree.

Time magazine book editor and fiction writer, Lev Grossman, has this list of books for your inner geek. Other than the Stephenson, I was surprised by the choices of A.S. Byatt and Robertson Davies. SeattleTammy and I spend some amount of time with our nerd friends in Second Life, and no one has really brought those authors up in conversation.

If you were planning on making a bid on the first edition Audubon Birds of America I was telling you about last week, you are too late. That baby got sold!

The Academy Award nominations were announced this week and movies based on books actually did quite well. I hope to actually see some of these films someday. Moneyball is in my Netflix queue. Maybe some of the others will get their DVD releases soon. I can always hope.

I'm not exactly sure how these things get judged, but D.C. ranks (again) as the number one most literate city in the U.S. Seattle, as number two, however, isn't really a surprise to us.

The American Library Association presented their yearly awards this week. I can't say I'm familiar with much of this list, as our son is well past the age of being read aloud to. However, I know that there is a lot of talent and good writing among these winners.

And, who knows? Maybe Stephen Colbert may win a coveted Caldecott next year. He received some great advice from Maurice Sendak here:

and here:

Why, Colbert now has an offer with a HUGE advance connected to it!

Finally, jlsthre of offers this list of what she's learned from opening a bookstore. We'd have to agree. SeattleTammy thinks number 21 is absolutely right on. I'll have to remember the Nicholas Sparks (of whom, I"ve never read a word) suggestion.

Have a great week and Happy reading. What book is on your nightstand?

  • I'm midway through Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series (18 or 19 books, now). Ford is in the Travis McGee tradition (sort of). They're excellent suspense novels.