The Book Booth: Afterglow 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.

So it turned out to be a fine week. Lord knows we were nervous much of Tuesday, not having the exuberant confidence that the Romney campaign seemed to have had. But it all worked out pretty darn well. Congrats to everyone. It will be a long four years to come, and there will be disappointments along the way. But it will be a better four years, considering the alternatives we might have had.

In the world of literature and publishing, the Random House/Penguin merger is still controversial. Current president of the Authors Guild, Scott Turow, nails it here.

Collaborating on writing a book, of course, is not anything new. But two "friends", and, as it happens, Nobel Peace Laureates get together to do so is special. Very special when the authors are Elie Wiesel and President Obama. This book should be very engaging.

For those of you who may be considering some home remodeling, here are some ideas for you, particularly if you are hiding crazy relatives in the basement. Or if you just want to have a very cool house. Secret doorways and bookcases, long a literary staple, and Clue gameboards.

And speaking of gameboards, this one would go nicely with the secret passageway bookshelves in your den. Replicas only going for $7000 or so. Let me find my checkbook.

And while we are on the subject of books written for children, ABE Books put together about the Brothers Grimm and their rather spooky stories. Nothing about Grimm's law though.

Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, has a new book out, Hallucinations. NPR featured him recently, and it is fascinating.

In our featured lists department, Publishers Weekly had this list of cities in literature. Some really fine books here. Missing, of course, is Joyce's Dublin in Ulysses, and Biely's St. Petersburg. But nobody's perfect.

And, finally, we were all young once. Flavorwire had this list of authors when they were young and handsome. If I ever get a book published, the picture of the 22 year old SeattleDan goes on the dust jacket.

So what's on your nightstand this weekend? Tell us about some great reads.