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: Convention Edition
It was quite the spectacle this past week in Cleveland where the Republicans continued the circus their campaign has been all year long, mixed with scenes lifted from Leni Riefenstahl. Now the Democrats will meet in Philadelphia this coming week and one can only hope the adults will be present.
I remember when Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal was published. It came out when there were plenty of other business and management books were also being touted, and the Donald's book was notable because he was a more well-known jerk. And like many of those books, Donald's was ghost-written. Now it appears that his then ghost has no use for Trump, to put it mildly. Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has the profile of Tony Schwartz here in the New Yorker.
Trump Ghostwriter Tells All
And, oddly, the Trump legal staff is not pleased and has sent Mr. Schwartz a cease and desist letter!
Trump Legal Staff Tries To Silence Trump Ghostwriter
So the long and arduous presidential campaign is about to begin and the folks at Publishers Weekly has some book suggestions. It's an uneven list and some of the titles here I'd never bother reading, much less thinking about. Others look to be more interesting.
Feel Like Reading Some Political Books?
Perhaps in the years to come, the 2016 campaign will be the stuff of historical novels. Or horror novels, only time will tell. In any event, Bookriot has this interesting essay by Melissa Lenhardt, author to the new historical novel Sawbones, on writing historical fiction and history text book writing.
Make Your Notes Now For That Historical Fiction (or Textbook? Same Thing?) You Will Want to Write About This Year's Elections Sometime
Mystery writer John Verdon, whose new novel Wolf Lake is now available, recently listed what he regards as the best whodunits. I rather like his idiosyncratic choices. And by all means, go read Ross MacDonald, who remains under appreciated today.
The Best Whodunits
Stephen King's work continues to be adapted for the screen; I had not realized that the number of his works adapted now number close to 200. There are many in the works, including a reboot of It, which has a scary clown. Signature has the scoop on the adaptations now in the works.
Adaptations of Works by Stephen King
I was always more of DC comics kid, but I understood why Marvel Comics had such a large following. Stan Lee was something of a genius. And none other than George R.R. Martin was a huge fanboy. He even had a letter published in a 1964 issue of the Fantastic Four and Stan Lee's response was terrific.
Stan Lee's Response to Fan George R.R. Martin
Ever wonder what it would be like to work in a large bookstore? The Strand in New York is one of the best...and to get employed there, one has to take The Quiz.
Could You Pass The Strand's Quiz?
Around our home, we don't have candles. SeattleTammy is far too sensitive to scents and aromas. And we do have lighting fixtures around the house that are adequate to our needs. But if I were to purchase some candles for illumination these ones featured at Bustle are cool.
We hope all of you are recovering from the political games and relaxing this weekend with a good book. Please let us know what you are enjoying and have have a good forthcoming week. It might just be a little more sane than the past one.