The Book Booth: Cinco de Mayo 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.

A Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! It looks like we will be enjoying pleasant weather in our little town, which is also celebrating the Shorebird Festival. The little guys are making their spring stopover to fill up on food as they continue their flight to Alaska from Mexico.

Robert McCrum of the Guardian presented his top ten first lines in literature. Not a bad list at all, and I am impressed that he begins with one of my favorites, Ulysses. I might have included Call Me Ishmael. And certainly the opening line "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.", but that's just me.

And while we are on the topic of great literature, the folks at Publishers Weekly has put Madame Bovary into pie chart form for easier accessibility.

If you home is still over-loaded with books, you might check out the creative way this excess can be put to use! Erect a building! From our friends at Flavorwire.

I'm sure many of you are struggling with writing that best-seller you know that's in you and is dying to come out. The fine crime writer, James Hall, has some suggestions for you via Salon.

Writers in the news. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has a new novel being published by Knopf next week, Home. New York Magazine had this interesting profile of her.

While over at the New York Times, the author Neil Gaiman discussed his reading habits.

I've always thought Stephen King a reasonable man, and an admirable one. He gives generously to literary magazines and promotes literature in our fair nation. The following is an amazing screed about the need to tax the rich, including himself. He pulls no punches here. Enjoy!

I'll bet you weren't aware that among President Obama's many talents, he is a rather astute student of poetry and of T.S. Eliot in particular. By way of Politico.

Finally, Seattle Tammy and I had a pleasant time selling books to the librarians of the Timberland Library system last Saturday morning. The featured speaker was Jim Lynch who wrote The Highest Tide, Borderlands and his latest novel Truth Like the Sun which features the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. Tammy discusses the event and the book at our blog.

What's on your nightstand? Enjoy the Fifth of May!