The Book Booth: Fall Edition



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: Fall Edition

The Fall equinox is upon us, and our journey into winter begins this coming Wednesday, the 23rd. All the signs are here in our little town. The leaves are turning and falling from the trees; the rain is beginning to return and stores have their Halloween displays up. And you can now purchase your Halloween cards for everyone on your list.

The Fall brings into Award Season, as well. The Nobel Prizes will be announced in early October. And the Booker Man Award for fiction will be presented on October 13th. This prize, once open only to Brits and writers in the Commonwealth, is now pretty much open to any novel written in English. And among this years shortlisted nominees is Anne Tyler for her novel Spool of Blue Thread. You can see the nominations here:
Booker Man Award Nominations

And the BBC provides also a guide to the books here. H/T to Lucian for providing this link.
BBC Guide to Booker Man Award Nominations

The long-lists for the National Book Awards, which are scheduled for November 18th, have also been announced and can be viewed here:
National Book Awards

The winner for this years PEN Literary Awards have already been announced this past week, and the ceremony for the honorees will be held in Beverly Hills on November 16th. The LA Times has the winners and other details here.
PEN Literary Awards

With the coming of Fall, also comes the opening of the football season. Quirk Books wondered what some novels would have looked like had they been written as tie-ins for some NFL teams.
NFL Teams Reimagined Novels

And October will bring us the baseball playoffs as well as the World Series. The folks at the Society for Baseball Research (or, more simply, SABR) had these recommendations for baseball reading. It is a pretty long list, but has a lot of good things for the baseball fan. That would be me.
Baseball Reading

Speaking of long lists, Publishers Weekly thought that the best books for the Fall Season were released this past September 14th. Here they provide the titles with descriptions, and it does look to be a good year for some good books.
Best Books for the Fall

Even authors like to take breaks from the tyranny of the blank page, and turn on the TeeVee machine. Flavorwire featured some writers favorite programs here. I am with Stephen King and his choice of The Americans. Good show! And, of course, The Wire is excellent.
What TV Programs Do Writers Watch?

Ever wonder what it would have been like to have culture icon George Carlin as a parent? Wonder no longer. His daughter Kelly Carlin provides the answer in her new memoir, A Carlin Home Companion. I don't think it would have been easy.
George Carlin As A Parent

I don't think I'd have been comfortable living in a hobbit hole, being a fairly tall man. But Dan Pauley has found some storybook homes that look delightful and pleasing to the eye. Via Boing Boing.
Storybook Homes

And I suppose Halloween will be upon us soon enough. If you know or have some naughty children, you may want to check out these scary Swedish stories. We know that the nights are long in Scandinavia, and these people have the time to get you very, very frightened. Again, via Boing Boing.
Scary Swedish Stories

Have a good weekend, filled with books and by all means, let us know what books you are treasuring.


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Lauren Mayer: "Trump's the Monster the GOP Created''



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.
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Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.
And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"

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They're shocked, shocked, to see what craven pandering to their base has wrought


The Book Booth: Back To School Edition



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: Back to School Edition

Yes, school is back! As I type, I can see all those kids, ages 5 to 18, backpacks laden with books, heading on home for the day. (I don't see them leave for school, because who gets up that early when you don't have to?). My best wishes to all the students and may you have successful academic years.

For the fashion-minded English major who really wants to show off his or her literary cred, Litographs has this cool selection of t-shirts.
Literary T-Shirts

Or if none of those please, take a look at the stylings from Bustle.
And More Literary T-Shirts!

The James Bond franchise keeps chugging along. The British novelist Anthony Horowitz is the most recent author to take on 007 in an new novel, Trigger Mortis. He has tried to up-date the suave spy into the 21st century, but lest the past be forgotten, he has also re-introduced Pussy Galore into Bond's life. Horowitz talked to NPRs Robert Siegel. (And if anyone is seeking my opinion, I think Idris Elba would make a terrific Bond. Just saying.)
Bond, James Bond

Keith Rice at Word and Film had these thoughts on the best horror films based on books. It is a good selection, and I feel good to know that I'm not the only one who thinks highly of Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining. Personally, I've never been an Exorcist fan, and kind of wish he'd included James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein, even if the screenplay doesn't resemble Mary Shelly's work much at all.
"The Book Was Better" - or Not?

Speaking of Stephen King, as I just was in an oblique sort of way, Congrats to the horror novelist for being one of this years honorees for the National Medal of Arts. President Obama gave him the award this past Thursday night.
Stephen King a National Medal of Arts Honoree

If you have the time, this essay by Dan Chiasson on Ralph Waldo Emerson is worth a read. I'm not sure why Emerson isn't talked about more these days. I think he still remains relevant to our times, and it is good to see him appreciated.
Emerson Appreciated

This article by Art Winslow about a novel entitled Cow Country, authored by one Adrian Jones Pearson, is worth a look, too. He offers the opinion that in fact, author Pearson is none other than Thomas Pynchon, or his twin brother, or something. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but his description of the work would certainly remind many of the old recluse himself.
So Who Really Wrote 'Cow Country'?

If you are heading to your favorite independent bookseller or to the library this weekend, you may want to check out this list of women authors in translation for ideas on what to pick up. An impressive group from Flavorwire.

Finally, a mystery solved for those of you who wonder what your cats are up to while you are not at home. And this wouldn't be the internets, if we didn't include cute cat pictures. H/T to my friend from Second Life, Stranger Nightfire.
It's The Internet So It's Cat Picture Time

Please have a great weekend, filled with lots of reading and many books. And please let us know what good books you've got going.