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The Book Booth: The Short List Edition

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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: The Short List Edition

Well, not "short" in that some major awards are about to be announced. But it has been a skimpy week in book news. Still there are a few things we can peruse for your enjoyment.

For instance, the calendar page has been flipped and now it is March, the month of collegiate basketball mania, baseball spring training begins in earnest and the flowers bloom, if they haven't already. And there will be new books to devour. Jonothan Sturgeon of Flavorwire picked his top ten for the month and it is an interesting list. I think I may just go find a copy of Sarah Bakewell's At the Existentialist Cafe for a little light reading.
March Must Read Books

Over at the Kirkus Review, for those of us with a philosophical bent, Gregory McNamee offers up this appreciation of Samuel Delany's Trouble on Triton, published forty years ago now.
Samuel Delany

If one hundred years ago, you were to take a long sea voyage, what books might you take along? Ernest Shackleton, skipper of the ill-fated Endurance, in fact, took along a library on his voyage and now we can see what was on his reading list! Percy Shelley for one! The BBC reports here.
Ernest Shackelton's Endurance Reading List

The coloring book craze continues and soon you will be able to stay between the lines with The Walking Dead. Yep, the zombies and our intrepid group of survivors will be there awaiting your pigmentation. I love that series, for a lot of reasons, and if I could keep the crayons between the lines, I'd be right there.
Walking Dead Coloring Book

I guess it is never too early to plan for summer travels. If you are looking for a theme to your visits, check out the library/bars featured over at Paste. A gin fizz and bit of literature always are a good mix.
Library Bars!

Please let us know about your reading adventures this week and have a great weekend.

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The Book Booth: Another Oscar Show Edition

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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: Another Oscar Show Edition

Indeed, they are rolling out the red carpets Sunday evening in Hollywood as the industry once again celebrates itself with lots of awards and stuff. May all the films you are rooting for win the statuette for outstanding work!

One of Hollywood's most valuable statuettes is actually a film prop, the one of which dreams are made of. Yes, if you have one of the original props of the Maltese Falcon, you've got yourself a treasure there. One year SeattleTammy gave me a replica for Christmas, but it was not enamaled in old jewels alas. Vanity has the story here of the priceless bird here.

Most film adaptations by author? I'd have guessed Stephen King. I'm not even close.
Whose Stories Make It to the BigScreen?

Good news for all Dr. Whovians! Last week saw the publication of the Dr. Who coloring book for your coloring pleasure. Time magazine tells the tale.
Dr. Who? Coloring Book

Although he has never won an Oscar (or been nominated for one), William Shatner has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for his acting efforts. He now has another book available, Lenny, which details his friendship with Leonard Nimoy. Here he talks about Nimoy's second career as a poet.
William Shatner Writes About Leonard Nimoy in Lenny

I have long been fascinated about the relationships between different languages and what we can learn from those relationships. From BusinessInsider comes this wonderful chart, exploring them among the Indo-European and Uralic families. And there are cute cats!
How the Languages We Speak Are Interrelated

On the heels of the news that Harper Lee had passed away last week, we learned that novelist/philosopher Umberto Eco had also died at age 84. His The Name of the Rose is a wonderful mystery novel and more. If you haven't read it, go get a copy now.  NPR remembered the man here.
Umberto Eco Has Left Us at 84

The tribute poured in last week for Harper Lee. Here are five things you may or not have known about the author. I, for one, did not know she was a descendant of Robert E. Lee.
Remembrances of Harper Lee

Noam Chomsky, one of our remaining intellectuals, is still with us and his mind and writings are as active as ever. His new book, What Kind of Creatures are We? is a collection of recent lectures he has given. Here he discusses the work and other matters with Truthout.
Noam Chomsky Chooses Optimism Over Despair 

At my age now, I do try to exercise daily and while I'm not anyone's idea of fit, I do feel the benefits from it. Even better news is that for people who are at retirement age, belonging to a book group could be just as important as exercise in living longer.
More here.

Please have a beautiful weekend with lots of reading and books. By all means, let us know what is delighting you...and have fun watching the Oscars!

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Teabaggers trolling for kids with Tea Party theme coloring books

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I thought the Bagger King Beck was against indoctrinating kids? Huge h/t to Wonkette. Commenter-

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to make colored. Everything's white, just like it should be.

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