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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: It Isn't Nice Edition
Just when you think things can't get crazier, well, there comes a new surprise. How we are going to deal with the crazy for the next four years is our biggest question and challenge and now is the time we need to get into gear and get moving. It won't be easy and it won't be nice, but what else can we do?
Last October before the election, the New Yorker's David Remnick sat down with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who had just published his first novel in some years, Here I Am. Among other things, they talked about how difficult it was to write fiction when dealing with the insanity of reality. Works in Progress has the interview here.
The Difficulty of Writing Fiction When Dealing With the Insanity of Reality
The publishing news of note this week has been the deal struck by Milo Yiannopoulos with Simon and Schuster. As you probably know Mr. Y is a notorious right-wing troll, who doesn't deserve much in the way of attention which he, like Mr. Trump, seeks and thrives on. The New Yorker has the context of the signing here.
Milos Yiannopoulos, Simon and Schuster.....Really? What Were You Thinking?
The reaction to the book deal was swift and not positive among other authors and booksellers, as Publishers Weekly reported. The best advice is to ignore it, but that is much easier said than done.
More on Right-Winger Milo Y's Being Published by Simon and Schuster
Pamela Paul is the book editor for the New York Times Book Review. If you have wondered how a book gets chosen to be reviewed and how its "Best Of" are picked, Emily Temple has some answers at LitHub.
What Are The Criteria For Being Reviewed in the NYT Book Review?
Last week we noted the PW announcements for new titles in the coming six months. Here The Millions brings us the Most Anticipated which includes Robert Coover's Huck Out West, Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1 and Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing.
New Titles in 2017
There are several interesting looking film adaptations arriving this year. Among those coming to the small screen are Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, which will star Neil Patrick Harris, Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, and Neil Gaiman's American Gods, featuring the wonderful Ian McShane.
Books Coming to the Screen in 2017
This week saw the passing of novelist and art critic John Berger at age 90. His Ways of Seeing was especially helpful for a young SeattleDan when he was trying to figure the world out. He'll be missed.
John Berger Has Moved On to the Next Level
The African-American science fiction writer Octavia Butler passed away some ten years ago now, but her work endures as does her memory. Here Sheila Liming remembers being Ms. Butler's neighbor.
Octavia Butler, Science Fiction Writer, Also No Longer Among Us, Is Remembered by Her Neighbor
So you're attending a literary soiree this weekend? Need some conversation? Check out some of these jokes meant for the well-read at Buzzfeed. Some are better than others, just saying'...
Jokes Only the Well-Read Will Understand
So you're planning to move and you have a literal ton of books to take with you. Emma Nichols just completed a trans-continent move herself and has good advice on how to handle it.
Moving? You Can't Take All Those Books With You, So What Do You Do With Them?
And as I said earlier, we don't have to be nice (although being kind is important) especially when it comes to neo-fascism. Here Judy Collins sings the protest song penned by Malvina Reynolds some fifty years ago. Be strong. Have courage.
May your weekend be blessed with good books and let us know what works are pleasing you now.