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 time for the annual celebration of America’s fall game, played in the middle of winter. I don’t have a horse in this race, and among my friends who follow the sport closely, they are about evenly divided between the NIners and the Ravens. But enjoy the game and remember that until the two minute drill, there are plenty of pauses to read long paragraphs between plays.
Speaking of the Ravens, they are, of course, named for Edgar Allan’s speaking bird. Studio 360 wondered what other literary names teams could use. I think the San Francisco Dharma Bums is kind of cool. Via the LA Times.
The big news this week in the book world was the announcement by the American Library Association of the winners for this year’s Caldecott, Newberry and Coretta Scott King awards in children’s literature. Here are the winners.
And from the world of publishing and Twitter, it seems that someone at the prestigious Random Hosue imprint, AA Knopf, was having a bit of fun. From the folks at Melville House.
As readers of my humble weekly posts know, I am a big fan of book cover art. However, Zoe Triska at HuffPo found these covers to be offensive, and, well, take a look. They are pretty putrid.
More from the putrid file. Mark O’Connell in a Slate excerpt, make the case that Amanda McKittrick Ros was the worst novelist ever. I had never heard of Ms.Ros, so it is nice to be forewarned about her prose stylings.
Over at ABEBooks the most sought out books are listed. And speaking of bad writing it is interesting to see that Lynn Cheney’s soft core porn novel, Sisters, remains in high demand. As does Madonna’s magnum opus, Sex.
It seems our ancient fore-bearers also had a healthy interest in sexual matters. Vicki Leon talked to Publishers Weekly about it.
For all you fans of the Beats, Flavorwire featured the photographs shot by Gordon Ball of Allen Ginsberg and friends over a 30 year period.
I remember as a young lad, being terrified when I read the book Dracula, which is actually much scarier than any movie version I’ve seen. io9 has a list of their top ten frightening novels, and I was pleased to see Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw on it. I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen is the film adaptation, Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. Here is the list.
Again from Publishers Weekly comes an article on the notorious sections from some famous novels. I have to admit that I did not read Moby Dick in High School and came to it as a young adult. Which is probably a good thing, as I enjoyed the whaling scenes in the novel, but I can see where I may not have had the patience for it at age 16.
Also on the list is Holden Caulfield’s encounter with the prostitute in Catcher in the Rye, which reminds me that there will be a new book on J.D. Salinger this fall. Published by Simon and Schuster, it will be titled The Private War of J.D. Salinger, and will be something of an oral biography. One of the co-authors is also the director of an American Masters episode focused on the writer, and will be aired next January. H/T to my friend Dwight Johnson for finding the link.
May the best team win on Sunday and that we are all profoundly moved by the multi-million advertisements. In the meantime, tell us what books are on your nightstand and a Happy Weekend to you all.