The Book Booth: Happy New Year Edition



Image: Dan Hallman/Invision/AP fromĀ ThinkProgress

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: Happy New Year Edition

Our holiday revels now are ended, and I hope no one melted into air, into thin air. Our celebrations were quite happy, thank you, and I hope the same is true for you.

So it is time for resolutions, and hopes for bettering ourselves. My own personal resolution is to ride my bike more often, and not rely so much on the ol' Saturn to get hither and yon. And, of course, to read more books. Currently I am trying to get through the works of Herman Melville, a task in which has the anticipated pleasure of re-reading Moby Dick again, as well as acquainting myself with his other works. To get started on your reading ambitions, you may want to look at this many of these "classic" books have you read? Thanks to Lucian for finding the link.
How Many Of These Books Have You Read?

If you enjoy reading about music and the music business, you may want to look at the top ten books about music from Rolling Stone magazine here. I gave a copy of Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink to Seattle Tammy for Christmas and look forward to reading it myself when she has finished.
Rolling Stone's Top 10 Books About Music of 2015

For those of us who love reading history and have exhausted Howard Zinn's People's History, and looking for more progressive histories, check out this list from Erik Loomis at the blog, Lawyers, Guns & Money. H/T to the old linkmeister himself, Steve Timberlake, for sharing the link.
Progressive Histories Other than Howard Zinn's

Speaking as a literal white guy, the following list is problematic. Many of the books I do own, but others I would rather swallow razor blades than have on one of my bookshelves. You can probably guess which books I'd never own. From Nicole Cliffe at The Toast.
50 Books That Literally All White Men Own

The New York Times Book Review recently asked a number of writers and other celebrities to name their favorite poems. It is an interesting group of poems that were selected and worth perusing.
Favorite Poems of Writers and Other Celebrities

Think Progress reported just before Christmas that there was controversy in the world of Harry Potter. It seems J.K. Rowling has penned a stage play featuring the now adult wizard. And what should happen, but a black actress was cast as Hermione. Although she is never fully described in the novels, there was some howling about the part being miscast, for the usual racist reasons. Rowling weighed in on the issue which you can read here.
J.K.Rowling's Thoughts on a Black Hermione Starring in Harry Potter Play

Curious about what Antiquarian book selling is like? The San Francisco Chronicle recently featured John Crichton, who has worked in the business for a number of years. And a h/t to old friend Michael Coy for the link.
What is Antiquarian Book Selling Like?

Happy New Year, dear reader. May this year be a great one for us all and may all the books you read be great.