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.
I hope everyone survived International Talk Like a Pirate Day yesterday and none of ye scurvy mateys were made to walk the plank! Monday is the equinox and we begin our march to the holidays and Winter. Enjoy those beautiful colors; for those of you still in Heat Wave mode, may the Fall breezes soon soothe your homes and yourselves.
Fall Season means awards. The Nobels will be announced in early October. The National Book Awards occur in mid-November and the Foundation just announced the long lists for each of its categores. You can view the nominees here. Awards
Annalisa Quinn at NPR book news has an overview of some of the books here.
This years favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature is Haruni Murakami, of course. (He'll probably remain so until he actually wins the thing.) The Guardian featured this interview with the cult Japanese novelist which provides a good overview of his work. Murakami Interview.
No awards are presented for beards. That's a shame, because there are some good literary beards. (I say this as a man whose facial hairs refuse to grow longer than a half-inch). The Telegraph has its favorites here. That Alan Moore has a great one. Literary Beards
Our canine friends have no problems growing hair. They are our best companions and love even self-absorbed writers. Anton Chekov, who made the above list, also makes the Guardian's list of top ten author dogs.
I have never adorned my body with tattoos and I think I'm happy about that. What could I possibly want to have permanently etched into my skin? But I could be tempted with a quote from literature. The folks at Bustle found 24 examples that could work. Literary tattoes:
Too many books and not enough space? I think it is a commonplace problem for most book lovers. Buzzfeed has some suggestions for storage here. What to do with all those books?
Recently Emily Temple talked about ten books based on other books. It's a good list and some of the suggested readings (Flaubert's Parrot, Wide Sargasso Sea) are well worth reading.
Not to be outdone, Buzzfeed also featured 24 books to pursue based on what you may have loved reading in High School. Again, there are some good suggestions here. 24 Books to Read Now
From the book illustration department comes these cover designs from the imagination of Edward Gorey when he was the art director for Anchor Books. These are just wonderful.
Cover Designs You'll Want to See
Enjoy your last weekend of summer and by all means, please let us know what books are charming you! We want to know.