The Book Booth: Mid-Summer 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 has been an interesting and newsworthy week in the world of books and publishing this week. Probably that most significant news was that juror B-37 would be penning a book about her experience of the Zimmerman trial. And then not be penning a book. The uproar of the twittersphere seemed to have a significant impact on the decision. Salon has the story here.

But in actual books published, the big news was that J.K. Rowling authored a crime thriller, published this past April, under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith. And it seems that the book is pretty good.

The New York Times has the story on how Rowling's identity was discovered.

The publisher has gone back to press with the book, but probably won't be available at your local independent bookstore for another couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can take this (hard) quiz from The Guardian on literary pseudonyms.

Harry Potter is known throughout the world and J.K. Rowling is the best known author of books for young readers alive today. ABEBooks has a nice feature on some not-so-nice children in fiction. With great cover art as usual.

Of course, the Potter books are not read just by young adults. Mashable has a list of juvenile books that adults should (and enjoy) reading as well. SeattleTammy gives a big thumbs up to Lisa Bray's Going Bovine, number five on the list.

If you're not in the mood for reading young people's literature at the moment, Open Culture has this delightful reading of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince by the multi-talented Stephen Fry.

How many of these places have you visited? Flavorwire had a list of 50 different literary places a traveler could tour. I'd mention as well, the Hemingway house in Key West, and although Joyce's Dublin is listed, I'd point out that the Martello Tower which is the place where Ulysses opens, is now a Joyce museum and well worth taking in.

Back in the days when I worked at large bookstores with an actual bookselling staff, we'd keep notebooks detailing the odd comments and activities of some of our customers. BuzzFeed has this funny list from Jen Campbell on the less than perfect book buyers she's encountered in her bookselling career.

And, finally, from another British bookseller, Felicity Rubinstein, via The Guardian, here are some good reasons to support your local independent bookseller! Do so this weekend!

And while you are at it, keep cool, read a book and let us know what you are reading.