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: Labor Day Edition
I guess Labor Day is supposed to mark the end of summer in some cultural sense. Certainly there is the nip of Fall in the air here and in our little town, school is set to begin again. Let's all enjoy the long weekend, and let us honor those men and women who really built America, and continue to do so.
Some colleges and universities have begun their school years already, while others will gear up at the end of September. Flavorwire recently suggested some book titles that may appear in some curricula that you may want to take a gander at. The fifty or so books here are slanted well towards the modern and post-modern, but it is an interesting list, nonetheless.
Assigned College Textbooks You Might Want to Read Whether You're in College or Not
Presidential election politics are heating up, about six months too soon, if you ask me, but there we are. All the major candidates will author (or, more probably, have ghost-written) books about themselves, or have books written about them. Not to worry. The election is a mere 14 months away and the 2020 campaign wont start until six to eight months later. That said, Publishers Weekly notes that Bernie Sanders leads the way in book publishing. So you can feel the Bern here.
Bernie Sanders Books
So many books get published every year. And yet many more languish in editor's slush piles and get either a cursory reading or just plain rejected. Few books by unknown authors see the light of day. Judith Guest's Ordinary People comes to mind. A Confederacy of Dunces went from publisher to publisher before Louisiana University Press finally issued it. Ruth Gaim, whose novel Into the Valley was just published by the Soho Press after sixty rejections. She details her thoughts about rejection here for Publishers Weekly.
So A Publisher Rejects Your Manuscript? So What?
Then again, can a writer have too many works published? There are many authors out there who seem to publish yearly and often more than that. James Patterson. Joyce Carol Oates. Stephen King offers an interesting explanation on being prolific here for the New York Times.
Being Prolific - What Does It Say About an Author?
(written by Stephen King)
By the way, the Nobel Prizes will be announced in October, and Joyce Carol Oates should be happy to know that she is in the top five, according to the odds makers at 13 to 1.
Who Are the Nobel Prize in Literature Contenders?
Good news for the fans of Eoin Colfer's eight book Artemis Fowl series. Disney Studios has tapped Kenneth Branagh to develop the books into cinema. The man has done Shakespeare well! He can certainly do Artemis
Kenneth Branagh to Develop Eoin Colfer Book
As you may remember, the beloved Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, passed away from complications from Alzheimer's Disease last March. The good news is that his 41st book of the series, The Shepherd's Crown, has been published and it has received some fine reviews.
5 Stars for Terry Pratchett's Final Novel
Finally we note the passing of Dr. Oliver Sacks this week. His books were fascinating explorations of the brain. I remember how much I loved his Awakenings, which I read some forty years ago now (and filmed nicely with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro). His books will always be a source of pleasure and interest.
Dr. Oliver Sacks Has Left Us
Have a terrific long weekend and enjoy some good books! And, as always, please do let us know what books you are loving.