The Book Booth: Post-Celebration Edition

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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 have once again celebrated our nation's birth in fine style and I hope everyone had a terrific Independence Day with lots of great food and fireworks. In our neighborhood, the festivities went well past midnight. Fortunately we were able to sleep in a bit. Cuddled by worried cats.

In the world of books and reading, for those of you still needing summer reading suggestions, The Guardian has a long list to ponder. The list is British oriented, but most of the authors are familiar to us in the States. And a new novel from John LeCarre is always welcome.

Richard Davies at ABEBooks had this feast for the eyes with jacket art from 1950's first editions. If only I still had my copy of The Cat in the Hat from 1957.

From the Lives of the Authors Department comes this study in juvenelia from Flavorwire. It seems the artistic impulse comes early in many and expresses itself in many forms. Enjoy the youthful drawings of some famous writers.

The young grow up, meet someone lovely and make their way down the aisle. Also from Flavorwire comes this gallery of wedding photographs.

And some grow up dissatisfied with their real names. MentalFloss has the stories of some authors who chose to be published under nom de plume's.

This bit made the rounds on the twittershpere and other social media. I found it at the site of the good folks at City Lights Books. The premise is funny, and the adjusted cover art amplifies the humor. Books missing one letter from their original titles, via Pleated Jeans.

Paddy found this very cool website. If you need to decorate your wall with literature or flout you favorite book title on your clothing, this is the place to check out.

SeattleTammy just found a copy of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, which, I have to admit, I've never read. But there is lots of lacunae in my science fiction reading. The Guardian, again, has some suggestions of sci-fi titles that the Sci-Fi resistant might enjoy.

And while you are perusing those tomes, you might enjoy a drink and a meal at one of these fine Science Fiction themed eateries.

We noted the passing of Iain Banks from cancer last week. NPR had this news, that he shall be remembered more cosmically, with his name now applied to a previously unnamed asteroid. A very nice tribute.

I have begun my reading of John Dos Passos' trilogy, USA, this week and that should keep me busy and out of trouble for a while. Tell us what's on your nightstand. Enjoy the weekend, my friends.

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  • Frank Armstrong

    I am bushwhacking my way through Robert Hughes' 'The Fatal Shore.' A vast and unimaginable enterprise, filled with sadistic Englishmen, brutalized natives, scurrilous reprobates, absconders, cannibalism, class warfare, transplanted convicts and marsupials galore--plus Bush Ranger ballads to stomp to! I'm off to Van Diemen's Land again! (it helps that I saw many of Robert Hughes' PBS art programs--his muscular use of language is a marvel, his narration spoken with a mordant and wry gravity: his is the voice I have heard as I read along...