The Book Booth: Springtime 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 here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Springtime Edition

It finally arrived last night and it's official. Spring has sprung upon us, and with it, all the blooming flowers and sunny glades.

I understand that there was also a solar eclipse as well, but it was far too overcast here to notice much. I hope you had a better view.

First off this week in the good news department, fans of Canadian author Margaret Atwood will be delighted to learn that she has a new novel being published by Penguin Random House (geez is that strange to type) in September. The title is The Heart Stands Alone. You can read about it here.

With the sad passing of Terry Pratchett does come the happier news that there will be one final Discworld novel coming later this summer, entitled The Shepherd's Crown as well as another novel, The Long Utopia, co-authored with Stephen Baxter. The Independent talks about it here. At the bottom of the link, there is a sweet photo essay with some Pratchett quotations that you will enjoy. Pratchett

And for fans of Alan Moore, author of the graphic novels The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, his long-awaited novel Jerusalem will be published in the US by Norton Liveright in the Fall of 2016. It should be a doorstop of a book, running up to a million words, or about twice as long as War and Peace.
Jerusalem

On occasion, and in want of a light read, I'll pick up a memoir or biography of one of Hollywood's talents. Word & Film recently discussed the best of the genre here. Oddly, they didn't include Shelley Winters memoir, Shelley Also Known as Shirley, nor David Niven's exaggerated tales told in The Moon's a Balloon. But of the books mentioned, Louise Brooks Lulu in Hollywood is a great read.
Star Memoirs

Ah, remembering fondly the acerbic Gore Vidal, the Telegraph of Great Britain reviewed his many, many feuds. (And speaking of memoirs, his Palimpsest was an engaging book).
Vidal

So far as I know, Vidal never quarreled with Miguel Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and often described as the father of the modern novel. (Vidal did pick a fight with Ernest Hemingway in asserting the Edgar Allan Poe and not Mark Twain was the true founder of American literature.) But it now seems that the remains of Cervantes may have been found in Madrid. The BBC has the story here. Cervantes

With spring now here, Baseball's opening day can't be far behind. It is, in fact, on April 5th this year. And who knew that this is the 100th anniversary of that source of stats, profiles and all things baseball Who's Who in Baseball? (100 years ago, Babe Ruth was pitching for the Boston Red Sox). NPR did!
Baseball Stats

With the rise of English as the lingua franca, so to speak, in the world today, there are consequences for both written and spoken language. Minae Mizumura examines this phenomena in her new book, The Fall of Language in the Age of English, which she discussed for Publishers Weekly recently.
English

Book jacket designs are meant, of course, to draw your eye to a book in your independent bookstore, and pick it up, browse through it and buy it. But the process in getting the "right" cover is not so easy, as MJ Franklin at Mashable shows.
Hausfrau Book Cover Art

Finally, a bit of fun from Buzzfeed. What is the worst thing that can happen to you as book lover?
The list seems pretty exhaustive to me.  Worst Things

Happy Springtime everyone! Enjoy the blooms and let us know what books have enthralled you this past week.

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  • Frank Armstrong

    My Barrymore story: it was 1985(ish) and I was bartending at Theodore Cafe in West Hollywood. It was near mid-day on a weekend when a middle-aged, disheveled man sat at the bar--I knew him because he had been 86'd from a lot of bars for a variety of reasons, one being he was a lot of work when drunk, and he was always drunk. But it was near the holidays, and taking some small measure of pity I told him he could stay for one cocktail (my mistake). He bought a happy hour well drink, took a sip and began to sing some faux operatic piece at the very top of his lungs--he could hit the back row as it were. A young waiter was ordering drinks for one of his tables, and standing very close to the singing drunk, said "Wow, are you a baritone?" The man turned his head to him and bellowed "I am a Barrymore!!" It was awesome.