The Book Booth: The Ultimate 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.

If the Mayans were correct, and when were they ever wrong, there wont be an edition of the Book Booth, or The Political Carnival for that matter, as the world will have ended. My suggestion is to read what you can over the coming week and enjoy it. Don't waste any time on bad writing. On the off chance the Mayans were wrong, the Book Booth will return next week.

The BBC reported this week that an undiscovered work by Hans Christian Andersen has been found. Entitled The Tallow Candle, it includes the Andersen themes of outward looks and inner beauty.

Young, in love and committed to one another. This is what it looks like when two book nerds tie the knot.

If you happen to get invited to the wedding of book geeks, Flavorwire has some fashion suggestions for you.

SeattleTammy and I moved four years ago now, to a small town in Western Washington. I wish I'd known about these books about country living that Wendy Welch suggested at NPR.

Here is a list of some great looking books on the history of the planet.
If you are creationist (and if you are why are you looking at this blog?), you may just want to skip this one.

Paris! The Twenties! The Modernists! The Lost Generaton! ABEBooks gives a little history and offers, as usual, some fine dust jacket art from the period.

Authors have long had an ambivalent relationship with Hollywood and screen adaptations of their work. Ken Kesey had a lot of problems with the Milos Foreman film of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. While Susan Orlean loved what Spike Jonze did with her The Orchid Thief, filmed as Adaptation, with a screenplay by Charlie Kaufmann that sort of resembles the book. Again from Flavorwire, here is a list of other authors responses to the films made of their work.

Gabe Habash of the Publishers Weekly blogs gives us a list of songs inspired by books that don't seem obvious at first hearing. I, for one, hadn't realized that the song Tea in the Sahara by the Police was from the Paul Bowles novel, The Sheltering Sky. Here's the list.

It is getting down to crunch time for holiday shopping. Have someone on your list who is in their twenties and enjoys reading? Here are some books they may enjoy, again, courtesy of Publishers Weekly.

Finally, HuffPo has some gift suggestions for those of you who want to give something other than a book to the bibliophile in your life. That Gatsby T-shirt looks great, and I wear an XL.

Let us know what's on your nightstand this weekend. And see you next week, if the Mayans allow!