The Book Booth: The New New Moon 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's the first New Moon of the year.You wont be able to read by moonlight for the next several days, so make sure that your night light is working. Especially if what you hold in your hand is a real book and not something you have on your Kindle or Nook. The death of the printed book has been exaggerated, it seems, and so reports Nicholas Carr over at the Wall Street Journal.

With the New Year comes new books. The Millions has listed some of the more eagerly awaited titles coming out this year. Looks like a lot of good reading ahead, including works by William Gass, Jamaica Kincade and David Shields.

But before we leave 2012 to the mists of time, Publishers Weekly reviewed the passings of some notable writers during the past year. There was a lot of talent that left us.

Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby is now scheduled for a May release to theaters. For all you Fitzgerald addicts out there, Salon's Greg Olear has an interesting essay about the book in which it is suggested that Nick Carraway, the narrator of Gatsby's story, is gay. And in love with Gatsby.

Apparently the film version of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road has received some limited release, but it hasn't shown up in our little town. Kerouac was the champion of what he called spontaneous prose, where no revision was permitted. Oddly enough, though, his best novel, the aforementioned On the Road was heavily revised, and probably for the better. Flavorwire has a good summary of other authors on the art of the revision.

Some of you may have seen this before. In 2006, Harper Lee wrote a beautiful letter to Oprah Winfrey about learning to read and the power books have over us.

What evil woman in literature really gives you the creeps? The Guardian has a run-down on several. Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca was right up there on my list.

As readers and lovers of books, we must embrace our inner geekiness. Here are some signs from Epic Reads that you, too, may be afflicted.

And if we can follow these simple rules from Book Riot, we will all be happy geeks.

Tell us what's on your nightstand this weekend! And great reading to you all!