The Book Booth: May Day 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.

It isn't quite May, actually, but it will be soon enough. I hope the April Showers will bring out your May Flowers!

Last Monday was World Book Night and here in the States, over 500,000 books were given away. The copies we had were donated to a homeless shelter in Aberdeen, Washington which services at-risk children. Publishers Weekly has the story here.
And SeattleTammy posted a Daily Kos diary as well.

April 23rd also marked the birthday of the Bard of Avon. It also marked the 396th anniversary of his death. I hope everyone celebrated in an appropriate manner, though I wouldn't suggest murdering your step-father or mother, or unfaithful wife, or King, or what have you as a good way to do so. Huffington Post had a quiz on quotes from the plays.

Had you been in the market for a typewriter, this one, alas, is no longer available. Which reminds me that I could have purchased the visitor's dugout from Seattle's old Kingdome for about the same amount. Capote's typewriter? Baseball dugout? The choice is hard.

The fallout from the brouhaha over the Pulitzer Prize continues. The Guardian's Robert McCrum weighs in (again) on whether this maters or not.

The movie The Raven has opened with John Cusack playing Edgar Allen Poe.
Mr. Cusack was honored earlier in the week with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In that he is portraying one of the father of American Literature, it seems very cool that the star is in front of Larry Edmunds Bookshop,

Once again, if you are looking for book recommendations, you can't go wrong by checking out what booksellers across the land have to say about some new releases at IndieBound.

Nor can you go wrong by checking out SeattleTammy's glowing review of Mark Kram's Like Any Normal Day, at our blog. I've started the book myself, and it is very, very good.

What's on your nightstand?