The Book Booth: Opening Day‏

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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, 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.

Tis April, a time when a young man's fancy turns to.....Baseball! The season has started and I hope your favorite team goes all the way this year! But only to be defeated by the mighty Seattle Mariners. Well, maybe not.

It is April and though Eliot may have maintained it is the cruelest month, it is also National Poetry Month. You can read all about it, including poems, activities and all things poetical here. This is a good resource all year long.

One of my favorite novels is Don DeLillo's Underworld, which, speaking of baseball, begins brilliantly with a montage of activity surrounding the old Polo Grounds on the day Bobby Thompson hit the home run that defeated my beloved Dodgers in the 1951 playoff series. Here, courtesy of our friends at Publishers Weekly, is a pie chart diagram of the novel.

The PBS series, American Masters, recently featured both Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. I have to admit that I am not a fan of Gone with the Wind, but Mitchell certainly had personality.

And this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Both the movie and the book are very worthwhile to revist.

The USA cable network will air a restored print of the movie tonight with thoughts from President Obama.

And in the Cool Department this week, check out these photographs from Joel Robison. He likes books.

We all know the opening lines to many novels. Call Me Ishmael. Marley was dead. Everyone has a favorite. Again, courtesy of Publishers Weekly, comes this blog of closing lines. Some of these are quite lovely.

I am currently reading Lee Child's The Hard Way. It has taken me some years to finally getting around to reading the Jack Reacher series, although I have been urged by many, including SeattleTammy, to do so. And I am so glad that I have started. Great stuff. A film version of One Shot, and amid some controversy with the casting of Tom Cruise as Reacher, the film seems to have Child's blessing.

So what's on your nightstand?

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  • mjs

    on my nightstand
    they wait like commuters
    dreaming of the MAX:
    rumi, twain, jung, campbell
    inner, outer, inner and a witness

    my radio will not play KBOO
    my books will not board the train
    one or two cats will visit
    and drink from my water glass
    and leave their spit like a gratuity

    on my nightstand
    the world shares its crumbs
    and i eat them greedily
    aware that the cats may arrive
    at any moment
    perhaps this one

    ***

  • mellowjohn

     in the books, reacher is described as 6'6" and about 250 lbs.
    cruise stands, what? a few inches over 5'?

  • Daniel

    Cruise as Jack Reacher?W.T.F.