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: Tax Time Edition
Yes, tax filing day is Monday, the day all procrastinators fear. For the first time in a long time, we had to write the IRS a check and although I don't mind paying my fair share, it seemed a little odd to write them a check. Fortunately, it was not a huge check. But still...
It's also campaign season, and considering the horror show over in the GOP, where there is only a choice of extreme right-wingers, I suppose there are some of us contemplating a move to Canada or beyond. If you happen to be considering such a move, you may want to check out the books about ex-pats suggested by Signature.
Moving Away from the US
Back in the day when I mentioned that I was a bookseller, the response was often, "Oh, must be nice to sit around all day and read". As if the books magically appeared in the store, shelved themselves and rang up the sales when they exited the shop. Or paid the bills. So I can sympathize with authors who often get responses like, "Oh, have you written anything I may have read?". Our own Lucian found this link of other plausible silly responses here.
So You're A Writer? Have I Read Anything Of Yours?
From Publishers Weekly, Philip Ball talks about the revised edition of his Patterns in Nature, first published in 1999. There are some stunning images and well worth your time to peruse.
Patterns in Nature
One of the most important publishing houses of the 20th Century was Alfred Knopf's. It published many of the most significant works of the time. A recent book by Laura Claridge, titled The Lady with the Borzoi, argues that Knopf's wife, Blanche, was equally important to the publishing firm, if not mores than her husband. Charles McGrath reviews the book here in the New Yorker, and the details are very interesting.
The Borzoi Book Publisher
Of all the wits that populated the Algonquin Round Table back in the twenties and thirties, there was probably no one sharper and funny than Dorothy Parker, and whose own life was sadly troubled. Robert Gottlieb reviewed her life and her work here for the New York Review of Books.
Brilliant, Troubled Dorothy Parker
I'll bet that on the occasions you've surfed the internet, you have run across the occasional cat picture or video. Probably more than once. Cats have long been a feature in bookstores and not just because they're some sort of cute fixture. Bookstores can be infested with rodents, who, believe me, will munch on tasty book bindings. Having a cat around keeps the mice scarce.
Bookstores and Cats
Seattle Tammy and I have been spring cleaning and rearranging nearly everything in our home. And we have a few books. Well, more than we have shelves for. So we can relate to the Bustle article about the lack of space for books in our home.
Where to Put All Those Books?
Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful weekend, and that you all receive tax refunds this year. And please let us know what reading you've got going on.