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The Book Booth: The Short List 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: The Short List Edition

Well, not "short" in that some major awards are about to be announced. But it has been a skimpy week in book news. Still there are a few things we can peruse for your enjoyment.

For instance, the calendar page has been flipped and now it is March, the month of collegiate basketball mania, baseball spring training begins in earnest and the flowers bloom, if they haven't already. And there will be new books to devour. Jonothan Sturgeon of Flavorwire picked his top ten for the month and it is an interesting list. I think I may just go find a copy of Sarah Bakewell's At the Existentialist Cafe for a little light reading.
March Must Read Books

Over at the Kirkus Review, for those of us with a philosophical bent, Gregory McNamee offers up this appreciation of Samuel Delany's Trouble on Triton, published forty years ago now.
Samuel Delany

If one hundred years ago, you were to take a long sea voyage, what books might you take along? Ernest Shackleton, skipper of the ill-fated Endurance, in fact, took along a library on his voyage and now we can see what was on his reading list! Percy Shelley for one! The BBC reports here.
Ernest Shackelton's Endurance Reading List

The coloring book craze continues and soon you will be able to stay between the lines with The Walking Dead. Yep, the zombies and our intrepid group of survivors will be there awaiting your pigmentation. I love that series, for a lot of reasons, and if I could keep the crayons between the lines, I'd be right there.
Walking Dead Coloring Book

I guess it is never too early to plan for summer travels. If you are looking for a theme to your visits, check out the library/bars featured over at Paste. A gin fizz and bit of literature always are a good mix.
Library Bars!

Please let us know about your reading adventures this week and have a great weekend.

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The Book Booth: Another Oscar Show 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: Another Oscar Show Edition

Indeed, they are rolling out the red carpets Sunday evening in Hollywood as the industry once again celebrates itself with lots of awards and stuff. May all the films you are rooting for win the statuette for outstanding work!

One of Hollywood's most valuable statuettes is actually a film prop, the one of which dreams are made of. Yes, if you have one of the original props of the Maltese Falcon, you've got yourself a treasure there. One year SeattleTammy gave me a replica for Christmas, but it was not enamaled in old jewels alas. Vanity has the story here of the priceless bird here.

Most film adaptations by author? I'd have guessed Stephen King. I'm not even close.
Whose Stories Make It to the BigScreen?

Good news for all Dr. Whovians! Last week saw the publication of the Dr. Who coloring book for your coloring pleasure. Time magazine tells the tale.
Dr. Who? Coloring Book

Although he has never won an Oscar (or been nominated for one), William Shatner has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for his acting efforts. He now has another book available, Lenny, which details his friendship with Leonard Nimoy. Here he talks about Nimoy's second career as a poet.
William Shatner Writes About Leonard Nimoy in Lenny

I have long been fascinated about the relationships between different languages and what we can learn from those relationships. From BusinessInsider comes this wonderful chart, exploring them among the Indo-European and Uralic families. And there are cute cats!
How the Languages We Speak Are Interrelated

On the heels of the news that Harper Lee had passed away last week, we learned that novelist/philosopher Umberto Eco had also died at age 84. His The Name of the Rose is a wonderful mystery novel and more. If you haven't read it, go get a copy now.  NPR remembered the man here.
Umberto Eco Has Left Us at 84

The tribute poured in last week for Harper Lee. Here are five things you may or not have known about the author. I, for one, did not know she was a descendant of Robert E. Lee.
Remembrances of Harper Lee

Noam Chomsky, one of our remaining intellectuals, is still with us and his mind and writings are as active as ever. His new book, What Kind of Creatures are We? is a collection of recent lectures he has given. Here he discusses the work and other matters with Truthout.
Noam Chomsky Chooses Optimism Over Despair 

At my age now, I do try to exercise daily and while I'm not anyone's idea of fit, I do feel the benefits from it. Even better news is that for people who are at retirement age, belonging to a book group could be just as important as exercise in living longer.
More here.

Please have a beautiful weekend with lots of reading and books. By all means, let us know what is delighting you...and have fun watching the Oscars!

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The Book Booth: Mom's Days 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: 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!

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The Book Booth: May Days 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: May Days Edition

May has arrived and I'd like to say Happy belated May Day to you all. I've always thought we should make a bigger deal of the day here in the United States, but sometime ago, the Congress, in its wisdom, created Labor Day to be celebrated in September, so American workers wouldn't share the same day as the rest of the world. Because socialism, or something. Anyway.

This years Edgar Awards this week with no controversy to speak of. Stephen King was honored for Best Novel. The other winners and nominees can be found here.

Stephen King has created some very scary and mean villains in his career. Word and Film recently listed eight of the most evil, and for those of you who have read the books or seen the movie adaptations will be familiar with those characters listed. Randall Flagg would certainly top my list. Here are some of the others.
Literary Villains

One of our best mystery writers, well, one of our best writers period, recently weighed in on the future of reading over at the Wall Street Journal. Walter Mosley assures us that reading and books are going nowhere. Books will continue to be published. And people will read them.
Books

I discussed the kerfuffle a couple of weeks ago surrounding the Hugo Awards. It seems Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing has collected some suggestions for improving the awards by adding some new categories that will make everyone happy!
New Hugo Awards Category Suggestions

And for you sci-fi fans who appreciate thoughtful writers, BoingBoing also had this interview with William Gibson at their site. William Gibson Interview

The Pen Award this year has instigated a controversy of its own. Their Freedom of Expression Award was given to the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and there are many writers none too happy about that.
Pen Freedom of Expression Award to Charlie Hebdo

We note the passing of M.H. Abrams at the venerable age of 102. Anyone who ever took and English Lit class that used the Norton Anthologies will remember him as the editor of those large tomes. He was also well known for his critical studies of Romanticism, including the Mirror and the Lamp. The New York Times had this obituary.  RIP M.H. Abrams

The Jane Austen revival seems to go on and on, unabated. Now she has been joined by Anthony Trollope, whose bicentennial birthday is this year. Adam Gopnick at the New Yorker offers this assessment and appreciation.  Anthony Trollope

Trollope didn't seem to have a problem in writing and publishing some very long novels. He was probably one of those authors who could claim to say what Buzzfeed recently suggested all writers would like to be able to say. Except for maybe the Oprah book club thing.
Things All Writers Wish They Could Say

Hello. My name is Dan. I am a book addict. (h/t to my friend Brian Payne for finding this).  Yes, Books Are An Addiction

Wishing you all a great weekend and a most happy May! Please let us know what books you're got stacked up and are enjoying.

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