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.
I guess Spring must be near as we lose an hour sometime after midnight. And our magnolia tree, just outside our kitchen window is about to bring forth some great blooms...if we don't lose them in the wind storm we expect on Sunday night. I hope the next edition of the Book Booth is written from somewhere in Oz.
If you are in the market for a new home, these famous authors previous houses are for sale. One can only hope that they are ghost-free and the property taxes are low.
And if you do buy one of those fine abodes, you may want to consider some decorating tips from Charles Dickens.
If you'd rather not purchase a new home, you still could take a tour of the States taking this literary map from 1933 along with you.
Of course, no literary journey would be complete without some good reading. From ABE Books comes this list of best sellers from the 1930's. Some really fine dust jacket art here:
Unfortunately, you wont be able to visit any of these bookstores along the way, as they aren't real. I wish it had included the bookshop Philip Marlow wanders into during the course of the novel, The Big Sleep.
And speaking of road trips, I recently learned that Jack Kerouac's On the Road will soon hit the silver screen after 55 years since its publication. I know that on the books original release, Marlon Brando was interested in filming the story. It would have been very interesting to see him take on the role of Dean Moriarty. This new film does feature Viggo Mortensen as Bull Lee, a character modeled on William S. Burroughs.
To a Burroughs of the Edgar Rice kind, I had mentioned before that the John Carter of Mars movie would soon arrive at a theatre near you. What I hadn't known was that one of my favorite writers, Michael Chabon, wrote the screenplay. Here are some of his thoughts on the undertaking.
Finally, What Paddy Said! This book looks great.
What's on your nightstand? A great weekend (minus one hour) to you all!