The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. It is written by @SeattleDan and SeattleTammy, operators of an on-line bookstore (which you can find here) , who have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
The Book Booth: You Fascists are Bound to Lose Edition
That was sure one horrible, no good week. I don't know what I can say that will make it any better. But we do have books, written words that can help salve and heal and help us move on to change things.
For those of you who have some need of historical background on the men who have served as President, for good or bad, the publisher Melville House has a story for each one.
44 Stories About Our Presidents
I was reminded the other night that the most admired memoir from a President is probably Ulysses S. Grant's. Grant had some help in writing from Mark Twain, of course. And remarkably, Grant is considered to have been a poor President, with one of the more corrupt administrations in our history. But when it comes to writing, Barack Obama is no slouch, and his memoir should make him a dime or two.
Who Will Publish President Obama's Bio?
The President-elect will not find that he has a fan in Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Here's from Martin's blog, from a day or two ahead of the election.
What Game of Thrones Author George RR Martin Thinks of Our Next President
Stephen Price has written a historical novel By Gaslight, which he talks about here for WorkinProgress. The story revolves around William Pinkerton, son of Detective Alan, and the Civil War. Price tells us "Somehow By Gaslight became, in the end, a story of witness, of what comes next, asking what it means to survive in a catastrophic age, when a country is divided, and willing to tear itself apart." Which seems to be highly relevant today.
Stephen Price on Writing By Gaslight
Actress Emma Watson of Harry Potter film series fame, is following in the footsteps of Bryan Cranston and leaving books around in public places. Ms. Watson has a book club, Our Shared Shelf, that she is promoting. I think this is a wonderful idea.
That Book You See on a London Underground Bench Might Have Been Left There By Hermione Granger
Publisher Christopher Kimball is the well-known founder of the Cooks Illustrated magazine and America's Test Kitchen, which he recently left with some amount of acrimony to found a new magazine, Milk Street. Not so fast say his ex-colleagues at Test Kitchen, who delivered a 39 page lawsuit to Mr. Kimball. The New York Times has the story.
What's Cooking in the Test Kitchen?
Marc Myers new book Anatomy of a Song describes the origin of 45 popular songs from varied genres, including Midnight Train to Georgia and Street Fighting Man. The Washington Post reviews it here and it does look like a lot of fun.
The Stories Behind the Songs
With a big sigh, we conclude our week in hopes that we do not despair and live our lives in fear. Remember what Woody told us and let's get going! I hope your weekend is filled with books and with hope.