The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relat
ing 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, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
Slowly we move towards summer and a man’s heart turns to what he loves best, and that is finding a new book to read. I think I’ll be reading John William’s neglected “classic”, Stoner and I’ll be letting you know if I concur.
In the meantime, Amazon is still having problems with their pesky workers in Germany, where it seems the Union is demanding better pay and working conditions for 900 of their members. Let’s hope that on this side of the pond, their workers here start agitating for the same.
The folks at the on-going (since 1971!) Ploughshares literary magazine had an amusing article for authors on what to do when they visit a bookstore.
If you do happen to wander into a bookstore this weekend, you will probably see stacks and stacks of Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon thriller, Inferno. Anticipating that the critics will loathe this latest opus, Michael Deacon of the Telegraph assures us he won’t be joining into that fracas.
For a long time now, the concept of “genre” has been a topic of some controversy and vilification, in favor of the literary. And while I don’t think Dan Brown will ever be esteemed as a good writer, there are some who work in “genre” and are very fine writers. John Le Carre comes to mind. The Guardian has this take.
I enjoy a glass of wine from time to time. But I’ve never heard of wine glass charms. But apparently they exist to decorate your finer stems and now you can purchase them with book covers. Kind of cool, really.
Even cooler are the book designs Flavorwire’s Emily Temple featured by Richard Tuttle. They are available for purchase, though they are rather pricey.
And speaking of book covers, ABEBooks has this fun video on The Great Gatsby and its various incarnations.
I take it that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Gatsby has opened to some big box office. Which prompted Publishers Weekly to consider what the biggest book to movie flops were. There are many to choose from, but it’s hard to argue with Battlefield Earth.
Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe were all blessed by having the legendary book editor Maxwell Perkins to work on their manuscripts. Unfortunately his life has never been filmed. Or it could be that most editors don’t have dramatic enough lives. But apparently some have and Word&Film singled out some of the better ones. Now I want to see Hudsucker Proxy again.
Enjoy your weekend with a good book and let us know what is on your nightstand.