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, 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.
We’ve arrived at mid-June and Fathers Day. Below I’ve posted a youtube of Dee Dee Bridgewater singing the Horace Silver’s classic Song for My Father, from her tribute album to Mr. Silver, Love and Peace. Let us all find time to celebrate our living Dads and honor the memory of those fathers who have passed.
On a more contrarian note, Fiona Maazel at Publishers Weekly has found some of the worst dads in literature. As always, poor Humbert Humbert tops the list, even if he is a step-dad.
Perhaps you are from one of those families where stories were read aloud. Buzzfeed has a list of books that are terrific to read with children.
Sunday is also the 109th anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s epic tour of dear ol’ Dublin, a day now known as Bloomsday. And a final collection of James Joyce’s unpublished work is set to be published, causing something of a furor among scholars as to where to place this work in his canon. Written soon after the publication of Ulysses, the pieces seem to pre-figure the work he would later do in Finnegan’s Wake. The Guardian has the story.
The Los Angeles Times recently featured a photo gallery of authors/readers from the Library of Congress. Some very handsome people there, least of which is John Reed, author of Ten Days that Shook the World and subject of Warren Beatty’s biopic, Reds.
Penguin Books is not noted primarily for their Science-Fiction, but they have published a number of good titles over the years. The folks at ABEBooks has the jacket art for some of those book here.
And speaking of Science-Fiction, we sadly note the passing of the fine Scottish writer Iain Banks this past week. The Guardian has the story and obituary here.
Following the rather unsurprising news last week about NSA surveillence, it seems that sales of 1984 have increased over the past week. The Wall Street Journal has the story here and a h/t to our friend and fellow bookseller, Scott Kampas.
From the book decor department comes these great floor designs. I think if I had one of these floors, no one would ever be allowed to walk on them. From Bookriot.
And again from Buzzfeed comes this aggregate of book home design. Some of these you may have seen before, but the images remain very cool. Thanks to our Canadian bibliophile friend, Kevin Wood, for the link.
Not to be outdone, Cory Doctorow found this photo of a book-lined staricase which he posted over at BoingBoing. Thanks, Paddy!
The debate continues. What are the best film adaptations from books? ABEBooks blogs about it here. And a big Huzzah to The Princess Bride!
Finally, as promised, Ms.Bridgewater. A Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. And let us know what is on your nightstand this weekend.