The Book Booth: Moving 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.

We missed you all last week as SeattleTammy and I spent the week moving our brick and mortar star around the block and into a new space. It was a tiring thing to do, and we hope we don't have to do it again anytime soon. But the location is pretty sweet, being on our little town's main street, which happens to be Hwy. 101 going south. Still I think I've found some interesting book related links for your weekend perusal.

That fine publisher of books in translation, Seagull Books has the book trailer for Nobelist Mo Yan's latest novel to be released here.

But Mo Yan has come under increasing attack for not supporting the release of fellow countryman, Liu Xiabo,the 2010 Nobel Peace Laureate. Salman Rushdie minced no words when talking to Salon about Mo Yan's stance on censorship.

Among the many issues that seem to be piling up on the desks of the SCOTUS judges is one involving copyright law and the selling of used books. I'm going to watch this case very carefully as it is all about my livelihood. The Huffington Post via American Exchange has the story.

And I would agree with the author that other issues, like the freedom of information, have an integral part in the case.

In more book friendly news, the novelist Ann Pratchett talks about why she and a couple of bookselling comrades decided to open up an Indie bookshop in Nashville and how that store, Parnassus, is doing. This is from the always interesting Atlantic Magazine.

More home decorating tips from our friends at ABEBooks. Here are some great ideas for benches and shelves, as only a book lover could imagine them.

I know, I know. I can't pimp Dennis Lehane enough. Here he talks to BookReports radio about his latest novel, Live By Night, which, Lehane tells us, has been optioned by Ben Affleck to write and direct at some point. And kudos to Dennis for referencing one of my favorite storytellers from my youth, Damon Runyon.

Speaking of films, Peter Jackson took time out to explain to the Guardian why The Hobbit will appear in three parts. I'm not sure I buy it, but it's his film and we'll see how it works out.

Again from HuffPo, here's a story about a literary search engine that looks like a very fine find for readers. You might want to bookmark Small Demons on your computer thingie.

Are you an aspiring writer but you think you are now too old to explore your literary impulses? Never fear.Flavorwire has the list of ten writers, all of whom started later in life.

Writer and long-time Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings talks about his favorite books for Publishers Weekly. I know Mr. Jennings has a goodly amount of curiosity and wit. His list also displays good taste. There are a few surprises here, as well.

It is the Holiday Season. But are you tired of Dickens and Clement Moore? Check out the 15 weirdest Christmas books ever, again from Publishers Weekly.

But if your tastes run to the more traditional in Holiday reading fare, ABEBooks has some vintage suggestions for you. And, as always, with some wonderful jacket art to feast the eyes upon.

So tell us what is on your nightstand! Please enjoy a safe and pleasant weekend.

  • David G

    Liked "Live By Night" very much... within a hundred pages of finishing Lehane's "The Given Day".  It's pretty long but interesting -- and how can you go wrong with Babe Ruth as a character?  Good luck with your new digs.   DG