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.
The summer seems to be winding down. Depending on where you live, kids are returning to school this coming week, or the next. And our little town is celebrating by holding a municipal yard sale. Everyone is selling stuff to each other. Or, one hopes, to the tourists who are making one last trip to the beach. We'll throw some books on a table at bargain prices and get rich.
The folks over at Buzzfeed kept us entertained this week with a couple of fun links. The first one is something all of us readers can relate to, especially when our reading is interrupted.
And they reminded us that even famous authors were once young. Here are some youthful photos of the aspiring literati. (The one of James Joyce has a story behind it. When asked what he was thinking when the photo was taken, Joyce replied "I was wondering if he would lend me a quid".)
Authors are often asked where they get their ideas. It seems Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels (and baseball fan extraordinaire) finds inspiration in cannabis and admits to writing while under the influence. H/T to Paddy for this.
Child doesn't say what tool he uses to write his novels with, but among many authors the fountain pen seems to be popular. Also your everyday pencil. Flavorwire lists twenty authors and their favorite implements of construction.
Unfortunately we lost one of our great crime novelists this week. I loved Elmore Leonard's novels. The man could write. Here is a sweet remembrance of him by NPR's Noah Adams.
Also the fine African-American novelist and critic, Albert Murray, left us this week at age 97. He certainly had an impact that hasn't been appreciated enough. Perhaps he flew under the radar as he was over-shadowed by his friend Ralph Ellison. He is one of the commenters in Ken Burns Jazz documentary, which if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend.
The Strand Bookstore, as any well-read New Yorker can tell you, is one happening place. Here is how they market their books to compete with e-reads. Another h/t to Paddy.
And watch out! If you to the Strand, Opera may break out at any time!
The trailer for the movie version of one our favorite books, The Book Thief, has been released. I think it looks very promising. And it has Geoffrey Rush in it....
io9 has some book recommends for this coming Fall season. It would seem that Stephen King has penned a sequel to one of his best books,The Shining.
And, finally,for those of you who are looking for some bookcase design ideas, Square Estate has these offerings for using glass.
A good weekend to us all. And tell us what books are at your bedside.