The Book Booth: Day Trip 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.

One of the nice things about summer is that people take vacations, go places and see things. This weekend SeattleTammy and I will be taking a trip up to Seattle, always fun in itself, but this trip has the added pleasure of meeting up with internet friends we rarely see and some of whom we haven't met. Ah, on the road again!

In the meantime, enjoy some hot liquid refreshments and let's catch up on the world of books and reading. And although school children across the land may be dreading it, the arrival of Autumn is right around the corner. For us in the book biz, the Fall season is crucial. Publishers Weekly has an article on what good books we may expect to be coming off the presses and it looks like there will be some good ones.

One book SeattleTammy and I anticipate is a new novel by Thomas Pynchon, due out in mid-September. It is titled Bleeding Edge and deals with both the events of 9/11 and Silicon Valley. Maybe we can get him to stop by and sign some copies. But probably not. David Kipen of Publishers Weekly reviews it here.

Pynchon is known to have taken the famous literature course taught by Vladimir Nabokov, when the latter taught at Cornell. I guess many famous novelists moonlight by teaching and it seems Jorge Luis Borges did the same. Here are some thoughts that this giant of Latin American letters had on English writers and literature.

One of the issues that gets talked about passionately here at TPC is the treatment of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. It seems that recently, some of the novels by John Grisham have been banned. And Mr. Grisham is not happy.

There are banned books and then there are books you should read before you're 20, or wait until you're in your 30's. Emily Temple at Flavorwire offered up 15 books Not to read in your 20's.

As we all know, the internets were created so we could share photos of our cats. Buzzfeed had these kitty photos of felines reading quality literature.

On a more serious note, this years winners of the PEN Literary Awards were announced this past week. And we are very happy that our internet friend Mark Kram, Jr.'s book Like Any Normal Day won for the years best sports book. It is a very touching book and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

More from Publishers Weekly who offered five books that were ahead of their time. I would have included The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, but the choices here are interesting.

Finally Verlyn Klinkenborg says it well here, on the differences between the physical book and e-reading. Amen.

A great weekend for you all. And let us know what books top your nightstand this week.