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: Pulitzer Season Edition
Yes, the Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week and the selections, I have to say, were not bad. I have yet to read Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, but I am number 275 on the reserve list at the library (the system has 77 copies, and with all the speed readers in our library system, I'm sure I'll get to it soon). Everything I've heard about the book makes it seem the award is well-deserved.
I have read the General Non-Fiction winner, Elizabeth Kolbert's excellent The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and it is well-worth a read. Here's the complete list of winners.
Pulitzer Prize Winners
The Wall Street Journal caught up with Anthony Doerr to get his reaction. It seems he was in Paris when he found out and it he's rather pleased by the whole thing.
Anthony Doerr's Reaction
For the poetry lovers out there, Gregory Pardlo won the prize for his second collection of poems, Digest. The New York Times profiled him here.
Toni Morrison is no stranger to prizes herself, having won the Nobel some years back (and as I noted last week, the last American to have won). She has a new novel out, God Help the Child, which she discusses, along with other things, with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.
In another interview of note, Joe Haleman, author of the Hugo Award winning The Forever War, talked about that book and his career with War is Boring recently. H/T to good friend, Ilsa, for passing this along.
Joe Haleman Interview
Department of very cool children's books has Maria Popov collecting a number of picture book biographies to inspire young minds at Brain Pickings. Included are such luminaries as Jane Goodall, Pablo Neruda, Julia Child and Frida Kahlo, among others. Take a look here.
Very Cool Children's Books
It is spring and with comes spring cleaning. I'm doing it. So are many of you. And it is time to clean up those bookcases. That can be daunting, as the folks at Bustle point out. But you can do it! Really!
It's Spring! Clean Out Those Bookcases!
And while doing your spring cleaning, you may want to check out new and clever ways to display your home library. Buzzfeed has some 27 examples to inspire you.
New And Clever Ways To Display Your Home Library
You want to write, but you don't know where to start. Nothing to worry about. Author Ann Packer has these hints to get you going.
Ann Packer's Tips to Get Started Writing
Sure librarians can be nerdy. That's why we love them so. But they can get their funk on, too, as is well documented in this viral video. If you haven't watched it, you're in for a treat.
What Do Librarians Do When You Go Home?
A good weekend to you all, and let us know what books are making you want to get up and dance.