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.
Time for all the ghouls, zombies and vampires to stir and make their frightening presence known. And I, for one, welcome our new costumed overlords. I will soothe them with good candy.
Ghost stories in the Anglo-American tradition are usually pretty spooky tales (though I've noticed in Latin-American literature, ghosts are usually friendly sprites who seem much more like tricksters). Lauren Oliver, author of the young adult Delirium series, recently picked out her favorite ten ghost stories. I like her choices. I would add the ghost of Kathy in Wuthering Heights who appears to the narrator early in the novel and scared the heck out of me when I first read it. Ghost stories
Speaking of the weird and creepy, there seems to be a new(ish) literary movement out there called Transrealism. First described by writer/mathematician Rudy Rucker in the early 1980's, it is a blend of science fiction and literature, typified by the late work of Philip K. Dick. Damien Miller has the details at the Guardian. Transrealism
Even scarier in view that we recently "celebrated" Banned Books week, is that it's not just sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll that can get a book banned these days. We are beginning to see works on poverty and class enraging the book burners. Again, from the Guardian. Poverty and Class
Writers seem to have always fascinated film-makers. So Elisabeth Donnelly at Flavorwire had a go in listing her favorite fifty films featuring authors of one kind or another. I was happy to see Barton Fink ranked high on the list, with its thinly disguised characters based on Clifford Odets and William Faulkner. Best Films About Writers .
Good news for those either living in the City of Angels, or planning to visit soon. ElectricLit has the story of a new map available of the locales used by Raymond Chandler. There is probably no better writer about Los Angeles than Chandler. Raymond Chandler's Fictional LA in Real Life
This weekend, like every weekend, is a splendid time to go visit your local independent bookstore. For those of you in the NYC area, Bob Eckstein recently did a series of illustrations for some of the great stores in your area with some sweet anecdotes for the New Yorker. New York's Endangered Bookstores
For those of you in the Paris vicinity (and wouldn't you like to be), there is always Shakespeare and Co. I cleared them out of Ross MacDonald many years ago. I'll bet they've restocked since then. Shakespeare and Company in Paris
Sadly, most of us are not in Paris, or anywhere near it. However, do not despair! Buzzfeed listed its top 44 independent bookstores in the good ol' USofA and one should be closer to you than Shakespeare and Co. 44 Great American Bookstores
If you are browsing for something a bit different, David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, amongst other novels, recently suggested five Japanese authors he really enjoys to the A.V.Club. David Mitchell on Japanese Novels
And finally for those of you sitting idly at your computer, you might want to try what Dan Meth did over at Buzzfeed and google book search words and discover the popularity of the those words over the years. And let's start using Seattle more often. Google Books Word Searches
Happy Reading and Happy Reading for us all this weekend. And please tell us what book is enthralling you right now!