The Book Booth: Why Am I Soft in the Middle 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.

With all the wet weather recently, we've been using the car much more than the bicycles and I'm beginning to feel the lack of exercise. It'll be fine with me when the sun returns on a more permanent basis; and the days are now beginning to lengthen. Spring can't be too far away.

It may be sometime this spring when the conservative celebrity, Dr. Ben Carson, will make his decision about running for President next year. But Dr. Carson seems to have a problem with thinking originally. His 2012 book America the Beautiful seems to have plagiarized several of his conservative buddies, as BuzzFeed reports.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism

Carson and his publisher have issued apologies. Sort of. But I'm sure all of you will be glad that future printings will make the necessary corrections.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism -2-

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, Rupert Murdoch help all Muslims accountable, because, you know...jihad. J.K. Rowling responded in kind and with great wit. Salon has the story here.

Those of us who have traveled abroad and ventured into foreign bookstores have noticed that very often the cover art for books are much different than the American counterpart. The Millions recently examined the jackets for these new books as seen here in the States and in the U.K. And there are some major differences.
Major Differences in Cover Art

There's sexy and then there's sexy. And there may be nothing more seductive than literary villains. Emily Temple listed her favorite fifty (!) sexy bad folk and the list is a lot of fun. I'm not thinking of any omissions off the top of my head, but you might.
Sexy Villains

Who doesn't love a good graph now and then? By the book has this one graphing the ages of some writers when they both first published and their "breakthrough" novels were written.
Age of Writers When They Wrote Their Breakthrough Books

Quiz time! Writers have used pen names for a long, long time. Can you match the pseudonym to the actual writer, asks Buzzfeed.
So Who Is Really Who?

Sigh. Another of my favorite authors, Robert Stone, has passed. He is probably best known for his novel Dog Soldiers, but his Flag for Sunrise and Children of Light were equally powerful. He will be missed.
Robert Stone Has Moved On

It may be January, but it is never too early to think about traveling and listing sights to see. ABEBooks, via HuffPo, has this list of spectacular bookstores.
Spectacular Bookstores - Your Home Away from Home

And if you're going to stop into the bookstores, you may as well take in some of the libraries that our own Lucian found on the BBC.
And Don't Forget Libraries - They're There for You!

Warm dreams and good reading, my friends. Please let us know what books are keeping you enthralled!


Paddy Kraska



Paddy Kraska left us a year and a day ago. We miss her!


I have delayed writing this post because it's just too damned sad. There's everything to say and nothing to say.

Paddy left us a year and a day ago and there has not been a day since that I have not thought of her and I know the same has been true for Laffy, David, Sher, Chris, her brother, Jeff her husband, and many many others who loved her.

I will put up Political Carnival archived posts about and by Paddy in the next few days. We all miss her terribly. RIP Paddy! We love you!


Lauren Mayer: 'Dynamic Scoring'



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy

From YouTube:

A musical salute to the GOP tax policy's new war on math

From the video:

When the facts are kind of boring, just make them up to fit your case!


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

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