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The Book Booth: September Song 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.  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: September Song Edition

The direction of time is certainly moving toward Fall here. Many of the trees have those vibrant colors and the sun keeps setting earlier every night. SeattleTammy and I are preparing for the inevitable. We replaced the furnace filters this week and vacuumed out the ducts. Now to winterize the garden.

With the coming of the Fall come the prizes. The National Book Foundation revealed this week its longlist for the awards to be presented in November. In the fiction category, my money is on Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.
National Book Foundation Awards

And with an awards ceremony of its own in late October, the Man Booker shortlist was also announced this past week and includes two American, two Canadian and two British authors. I have to admit I'm not familiar with these works, but Paul Beatty is a good and unusual nominee. The Nobel Prizes will be awarded in early October, so stay tuned.
Man Booker Award Coming Soon

If you happen to be in Portlandia Oregon on November 5th, go check out the annual Portland Book Festival, presented by the folks at Wordstock. There will be many, many authors attending.
Wordstock Portland Book Festival

So you'd like to be a writer but you're stuck. The blank page terrifies you and you don't know where to start, where to go, who to turn to. Well, these authors have advice and a lot of the suggestions here are quite a help. From the Guardian..
Yes! I Want to Write a Book! How Do I Get Started?

Some writers work fast, others take their time. Did you know it took Anthony Burgess less time to write A Clockwork Orange than it took Dickens to write A Christmas Carol? MentalFloss has a nice graphic here on how long it took certain works to be written.
How Long Did It Take to Write That Book?

Once you've written the book that's been inside you these many years, there comes the matter of getting it published. No easy task for many. But do take heart. The Stranger by Albert Camus had to overcome many obstacles to see the light of day, including getting by the censors of the occupying German army, as Alice Kaplan, author of Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, explains here.
Getting The Stranger Published Was No Piece of Cake

Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, has a newly published novel out, Here I Am. The good people at Farrar Straus, and Giroux have an excerpt here for your perusal.
Excerpt from Here I Am

If I may, I'd like to suggest the work of my good friend John Olson. John is a charming and versatile poet as you can see from this piece he published at the Seattle Review of Books.
John Olson in the Seattle Review of Books

John has also written a new novel, In Advance of the Broken Justy, the details of which are here.

I am, as some of you may have noted, a big fan of the Library of America editions. It seems that they have now published American Musicals, a collection of some sixteen librettos of some of the best out there. But, as Steve Vineburg notes here, some musicals survive the transition from stage to screen better than others.
Musicals on the Big Screen

I'll leave you now to enjoy Walter Huston performing September Song, music written by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson for their 1938 show Knickerbocker Holiday.

Have a most gratifying weekend and please do let us know what books you are loving.


The Book Booth: It's Spring! 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.  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: It's Spring! Edition

Though it seems like Spring has already arrived here, and then some, it officially arrives tomorrow, assuming you are reading this on Saturday. Daylight savings time has now taken effect, and I wont bore you with how it stole an hour of sleep from me. St. Patricks Day has been celebrated. The Rhodies are now in bloom, and soon the apple trees will as well, and the scents around our yard will be sweet.

The rains are gone for our little town for now and it has inspired me to want to pay more attention to my health, like riding my winter-neglected bicycle. And more reading! It's good for you, as Bustle reports here.
Reading is Good for You!

Ah, but what to read, what to read? There's no shortage of recommendations. Amy Parker, who has recently authored her own collection of interlinked short stories, Beasts and Children, ranked her favorite such collections. I was pleased to see, among the others, the now nearly forgotten Sylvia Townsend Warner as well as Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.
But What to Read?

Then there are those stories where the narrator may not be telling the truth, or telling a version of the truth that doesn't necessarily coincide with reality. Catherine Kovach at Bustle listed twelve such yarns, including John Fowles' The Collector and Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange.
Truth or Consequences Reality?

As many of the rites of Spring involve, well, the fertility of the earth and ourselves. So some may want to visit, or revisit, that old Indian standby, The Kamasutra. The scholar Wendy Doniger has recently published a study of the 2000 year old text, Redeeming the Kamasutra, and explains here why it still matters to us today.

Have you been feeling a little odd, a bit disoriented, somewhat out of sorts lately? It could be that you are stuck in a Raymond Chandler novel. Carolyn Seuthe at The Toast offers up the symptoms and clues.
Are You Living in a Raymond Chandler Story? How to Tell.

So you want to be a writer, but not only a writer, but a best-selling author. Well, there are several ways to go about that, as Brent Underwood of the Observer describes here. Thanks to Lucian for the link.
It's Based on a Novel by a Man Named Lear...

It has been a number of years and films ago that Tim Burton has directed a good movie. His early films, including the first two Batman movies, were delicious and fun that showed a promising future for Burton, that, alas, he really hasn't lived up to. I'm hoping that will have changed with the release of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of the Ransom Riggs 2011 novel, one that SeattleTammy enjoyed, in September this year. It looks like the right sensibility has met the right subject matter.
'Home for Peculiar Children' Trailer

With all the Spring showers ahead, and/or for those who need to do some gift shopping for a book-loving friend, check out these umbrella designs, which are pretty darn cool.
Gift Shopping for Bookworms

A great spring equinox to you all and please let us know what books are making you smile this weekend.