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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 House I Live In Edition
Well, it happened and there is much to be done. I personally couldn't watch the train wreck live and have distracted myself with other things, like, oh, reading books and gearing up for the future.
With the new regime and its uneasy attitude to truth, the press, education, or what have you, we could use some books about how to handle the upcoming years. Derek Miller, the author of the new novel The Girl in Green, has some good suggestions he shared with Publishers Weekly.
What Do We Do Now?
During the past eight years, we have had a president who can actually read well, we had one that thrived on reading and reading from a wide range of interests and topics. Recently the New York Times book reviewer, Michiko Kakutani interviewed President Obama about the role books have played in his administration and what he has learned.
Michiko Kakutani Interviews President Obama About the Books in his Life.
And speaking of critics, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) has announced the nominees for its awards which will culminate in a ceremony in March. Among the fiction writers honored are Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith and Ann Pratchett. Here's the full list of nominees.
PEN America, the organization founded in 1922 to defend free expression and persecuted writers, and which will have plenty to do in the next few years, also announced its nominees for best books of 2016. Some fifty authors have been selected in a variety of categories with winners announced in both February and later in March.
PEN's Best Books of 2017
Buzzfeed has kept itself busy of late and hasn't made a friend of the new imperial majesty in doing so. Still Buzzfeed does cover cultural news and book editor Jarry Lee has picked the 32 books she most looks forward to in the coming year.
Buzzfeed's Picks for Books to Read in 2017
But, wait! Buzzfeed also has ideas on decor with books! Here are some of their notions on how to display the books in your home. By the way, bookcases are still a pretty good way to do that.
And Where Will You Put All Those Books?
I've always loved bookplates. And now the University of British Columbia Library has digitized some vintage ones that are gorgeous. Allison Meyer at Hyperallergic.com has them for view here.
It's a tough week for many of us. But we must remember that this country belongs to us and we must remember what makes this nation great. And that would be its people. The House I Live In was written during the Second World War with music by Earl Robinson (who also wrote Joe Hill) and lyrics by Abel Meeorpol (who wrote Strange Fruit) and here sung by the amazing Paul Robeson with the original second stanza included.
Read and read some more. Have a fine weekend and please let us know what books are soothing your soul.