The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings 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.

The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings Edition

Here we are at mid-Spring and the flowers are just bursting. Our rhodies are amazing at this time and looking out our kitchen window is a visual pleasure. My hopes that you are enjoying this time of year as well.

The world of books is not without its share of controversy this time of year, as Jon Krakauer discovered when he gave a talk on his new book Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town. He doesn't usually do the author book tour thing, but thought the issues in the book important enough to address them at the University of Montana. He was heckled for his efforts as The Big Story reports.
Krakauer Hecklers in Montana

Mark Harvkey's novel In the Course of Human Events examines the life of a man who becomes mesmerized by a right-wing cult and its leader. Most of us don't meet these wackos on an every day basis. But their literature is out there and pretty scary. Harvkey looked at some of their books for Publishers Weekly.
Controversial Books in Print Today

Most of those tomes are obscure and known only to its fans or detractors. There are other books, maybe good ones, that have disappeared. MPR recently discussed three such lost works by Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Plath.
Lost Works by Major Authors

Most writers hope that their work will in some way make a difference in our world, in some way enhance our enjoyment at being on this planet. Jane Hirshfield recently talked about her new book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World with the Washington Post. She has also authored a new book of poems, The Beauty.
Jane Hirschfield

We've just passed Mothers Day, but this story by Nick Bilton for the New York Times Style magazine poignantly talks about his shared love of books and reading with his mother. Mothers can and do make a big difference for us.
Mothers and Books

Language is such a fascinating phenomenon. We speak words and we can read words. And yet, it seems the ability to do both come from different parts of our brains, as the LA Times tells us.
Language and Our Brains

Words certainly mattered to William Zinsser whose book On Writing Well can usually be found on the bookshelf next to Elements of Style. He recently passed away at the age of 92. The New York Times had this remembrance.
William Zinsser Has Left Us

This week marks the "friendeversary" of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien who met in 1926. Remarkably, the story of their friendship will soon be a motion picture. I guess it will be along the lines of Shadowlands, the movie about Lewis's marriage to Joy Davidman. Sarah Seltzer examines the friendship of Tolkien and Lewis here at Flavorwire.

And speaking of film adaptations, Hilary Mantel is no stranger to having her work appearing on the screen, with the big success of her Wolf Hall series. Now she will have her novel of the French Revolution, A Place of Greater Safety, (and a very good book, if you have not read it), adapted by the BBC as The Bookseller reports.
Hilary Mantel

Have a great weekend, filled with the joy of words. And let us know what books you happen to be devouring.


Bill Day: 'Guns 'R Us'



Image: Bill Day (Read more about award-winning cartoonist Bill Day below.)

Bill Day's award-winning cartoons are syndicated in more than 900 newspapers worldwide four times a week through Cagle Cartoons syndication service. Day has won the Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists six times--in 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2001, and 2000. The recipient of two Robert F. Kennedy Awards--2010 and 1985. He has also been honored with the National Headliner Award, the John Fischetti Award, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Editorial Cartoons, The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and a host of many other awards.

Day began his career in 1980 with the Philadelphia Bulletin. He has also worked for the Detroit Free Press and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In 2009 he was laid off at The Commercial Appeal. Bill won three national awards the following year. Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.



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

The Weekly Upchuck May 10, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues



Fifty Shades Of Cray-Cray

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #WithDignity Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate
  • #Carefully Selected Garland, Texas—Scene of Pamela Geller’s ‘Event’ & Last Night’s Shootings—Is a Hotbed for Anti-Muslim Bigotry
  • #NousNeSommesPasPamelaGeller Texas shooting offers timely reminder of the difference between Charlie Hebdo & Pamela Geller.
  • #Dumb.Founded Fox News host dumbfounded when anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller compares herself to Rosa Parks
  • #PlayingToKill Christian developer behind ‘Kill the F*ggot’ game promises next release will be even more offensive
  • #ShandaBabe The jihad of Pamela Geller
  • #WhatsTheMatterWithThisPicture 7 Conservatives Who Surprisingly Have Refused To Stand Behind Pam Geller

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

If Media’s The Message

  • #SavagePuke Michael Savage: Terrorists have infiltrated the Obama administration, “playing for the other side”

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #Hagee’sLostHisVoice? Ethiopian-Israelis (The same people John Hagee financed & brought over to people the settlements) Protest in Tel Aviv Over Police Treatment
  • #AlIslamophobia “Everything that Starts with ‘Al’ in The Middle East is Bad News” | Senator Graham’s Remarks at AIPAC Revealed
  • #MessianicFervor Israeli defense minister promises to kill more civilians and threatens to nuke Iran
  • #JebyaRising One of Jeb Bush’s top advisers on Israel: George W. Bush
  • #SheldonAdelsonPlusHobbyLobbyMakeRapture Birthright for evangelicals? Hobby Lobby family funds new Israel trips.

Politics Nation

Religion Gone Bad

  • #Creflo’sDollar Creflo Dollar Now Asking $114MM For Luxury Yacht
  • #JesusWails How the Religious Right Corrupts Christianity
  • #GiveHimTheWhip Black Megapastor Says Families Were ‘a Lot Stronger, a Lot More Unified and Made a Lot More Progress’ During Slavery

Same Sex Issues

  • #AllAboutTheGays Tony Perkins: Baltimore unrest might be godly punishment for declaring ‘moral rights to that which is morally wrong’
  • #ScienceReigns New Research Further Debunks Regnerus Study On Gay Parenting

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage


  • #RebbesGotABrandNewBag Authorities raid ‘cult’ women’s seminary in Jerusalem, arrest rabbi in charge
  • #GohmertsPile Once the US is at war we will all realize Louie Gohmert was right and elect him Speaker, says Louie Gohmert
  • #GreatestConOnEarth Get rich quick! How to crowdfund your intolerance in 3 easy steps
  • #ThouShaltNotPorn Arkansas pastor’s wife turns him in after finding ‘tens of thousands’ of child porn files
  • #BackwardsDay Faith healer sues atheist video blogger for using science to expose him on YouTube as a ‘swindler’
  • #GayWishComeTrue Pastor told gay ‘paramours’ he wished God would kill his wife months before she was found murdered

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

  • #ConstitutionalBreech The National Day Of Prayer, which is May 7 this year, is a sectarian event with roots in fundamentalist Christianity



The Book Booth: Mom's Days Edition



Image from: The Autism Site - original from Flickr

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: Mom's Days Edition

A Happy Mothers Day to all you moms and soon-to-be moms out there. May your kids spoil you rotten this weekend! And for those of us who have lost their moms over the years, may we have fond memories.

Like many of you, my mother read to me as a child and instilled the love of stories for me forever. The folks at the Autism Site suggest that we, as adults, should revisit some of those stories. I, for one, loved The Little Engine That Could.
H/T to our friend Lucian for sending the link along.
10 Children's Books Adults Should Re-Read

If you'd rather stick with some more adult fare, Buzzfeed has some very good suggestions for reading from around the world. I'd second in particular, Shadow of the Wind if you haven't read it yet.
Reading from Around the World

The weekend is also a good time to watch some movies. So, again from Buzzfeed, here are some 90 movies that have been adapted from books. I have watched some 56 of these films with varying degrees of enjoyment. How about you?
90 Films Adapted from Books

It's been a good week for those who'd ban books. You may have read that in Moscow, copies of Art Spiegelman's Maus were removed from the city's bookstores. The author talked to NPR recently about the ban.
Maus Banned in Moscow

And then some enlightened literary yahoos in Couer d'Alene Idaho have decided that both Of Mice and Men and The Kite Runner may just corrupt the minds of America's youth. Oh, and Steinbeck used words like "bastard" and "damn". Oh, my virgin ears!
Idaho Town with Pretty Name Bans Books

In happier news, it seems that a cache of old Mark Twain articles written in 1865-66 for the Virginia City newspaper that were considered lost have been found. So if you thought you've read all the Twain there is to read, you're in for a treat. Thanks to good friend, Caleb Bullen for finding.
Mark Twain Dispatches from Virginia City Found

I no longer watch the television much anymore, though I do catch up on some shows via Netflix. But years ago Tammy and I faithfully watched Seinfeld. The writing was always wonderful, if not literary. And Bustle recalls some of the shows more bookish moments here.
Bookish Seinfeld

Sadly we note the passing of mystery writer, Ruth Rendell, who wrote the Wexford novels which were adapted by the BBC. NPR has the obituary here.
Ruth Rendell of the Wexford Novels Has Left Us

Last week, Robert Crawford listed his top ten poems by T.S. Eliot, a rather daunting task. The usual suspects are included, but there are also some surprises. His selections:
Tom Eliot's Top Ten Poems

Crawford did omit my particular favorite of Eliot's, Rhapsody on a Windy Night. You may recognize it as the inspiration for the song Memory from Cats and there is a very melodic feel to the poem. Rhapsody.

Again, a Happy Mothers Day! Please remember that
   books make great gifts for Mom.
So step into your local independent bookseller this weekend, pick up a book or two and let us know what you bought!