Archive for Ernest Hemingway

The Book Booth: October Edition



Image: Bustle

The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: October Edition

Ok, I'm good with it being October. My medicare kicked in on the first, which is a good thing. The leaves are beginning to look spectacular. The sun is shining and no hurricane looms where I live. However, I was at our local chain drug store and lo, the store has its Christmas aisle up already! And I had just gotten used to seeing the Halloween displays. Apparently our war on Christmas is not succeeding yet.

Pope Francis paid a visit to the US Congress last week to great fanfare. In his address to the members, he mentioned the American Catholic activists Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, which sent many scurrying to Wikipedia. They both wrote autobiographies, Day's The Long Loneliness and Merton's Seven-Story Mountain. These books are truly outstanding and certainly worth the time even for the non-believer.
Pope Francis, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton

Of course the Pontiff's visit has not been without controversy. The revelation that he met somehow and in some way with Kim Davis has had a deflating effect on progressives. And then there have been the relentless attacks on Planned Parenthood. But I bear you good news! The author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, and his wife, Lisa Brown, donated one million dollars to that good organization.
Lemony Snicket's Planner Parenthood Donation

And still more good news. Last week I noted that the book Into the River by Ted Dawe, a young adult novel, had been banned in New Zealand. Well, the folks at Polis Books here in the USofA has obtained the rights here and will publish the book for release probably in June of next year.
Into The River

As noted above, Halloween is a mere twenty-eight days away. Don't put things off to the last minute! If you have children and need some ideas on costuming, take a look at these literary ideas from Buzzfeed!
Trick Or Booking

From the Department of Regrets. Yes, some books get published that their authors would just as soon go out of print and fade from the public memory. Bustle has collected some of these. And yes, Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me is truly dreadful, though it does have the virtue of being short.
Successful Books Their Authors Hated

Perhaps the "blurb" is an even more important element to a book's design than is its cover art. Blurbs are funny things, and there have been times when I've read some work only to discover that the blurb writer has read a different book than I have. Or at least seemed to. Then there are the writers who also use pseudonyms for some of their work and use their real names to recommend said pseudonym's new book. In any case, NPR took a look at the blurb recently here.
Those Irrestible Blurbs

Here's something Ernest Hemingway and I have in common. We're both pack rats. However the detritus of my life will never be on display at the Morgan Library and Museum as Hemingway's recently has.
Papa Was a Pack Rat

The passing of literary agent Carmen Balcells at age 85 last week may have slipped under the radar of many. But she was a force and helped to champion the Latin American literary Renaissance of the sixties and beyond. The New Yorker profiled her here.
Carmen Balcells Latino Literary Agent Extraordinaire

Yes, this may be the age of the electronic reader, for all its ills and virtues. Still, there really is nothing like holding a book in your hands. Bustle outlines the pleasures of the printed page here.
There's Nothing Like a Real Book!

Have a great weekend, filled with some good words and stories and please let us know what books have captured your imagination.


The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings Edition



Image: John Green via AP

The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings Edition

Here we are at mid-Spring and the flowers are just bursting. Our rhodies are amazing at this time and looking out our kitchen window is a visual pleasure. My hopes that you are enjoying this time of year as well.

The world of books is not without its share of controversy this time of year, as Jon Krakauer discovered when he gave a talk on his new book Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town. He doesn't usually do the author book tour thing, but thought the issues in the book important enough to address them at the University of Montana. He was heckled for his efforts as The Big Story reports.
Krakauer Hecklers in Montana

Mark Harvkey's novel In the Course of Human Events examines the life of a man who becomes mesmerized by a right-wing cult and its leader. Most of us don't meet these wackos on an every day basis. But their literature is out there and pretty scary. Harvkey looked at some of their books for Publishers Weekly.
Controversial Books in Print Today

Most of those tomes are obscure and known only to its fans or detractors. There are other books, maybe good ones, that have disappeared. MPR recently discussed three such lost works by Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Plath.
Lost Works by Major Authors

Most writers hope that their work will in some way make a difference in our world, in some way enhance our enjoyment at being on this planet. Jane Hirshfield recently talked about her new book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World with the Washington Post. She has also authored a new book of poems, The Beauty.
Jane Hirschfield

We've just passed Mothers Day, but this story by Nick Bilton for the New York Times Style magazine poignantly talks about his shared love of books and reading with his mother. Mothers can and do make a big difference for us.
Mothers and Books

Language is such a fascinating phenomenon. We speak words and we can read words. And yet, it seems the ability to do both come from different parts of our brains, as the LA Times tells us.
Language and Our Brains

Words certainly mattered to William Zinsser whose book On Writing Well can usually be found on the bookshelf next to Elements of Style. He recently passed away at the age of 92. The New York Times had this remembrance.
William Zinsser Has Left Us

This week marks the "friendeversary" of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien who met in 1926. Remarkably, the story of their friendship will soon be a motion picture. I guess it will be along the lines of Shadowlands, the movie about Lewis's marriage to Joy Davidman. Sarah Seltzer examines the friendship of Tolkien and Lewis here at Flavorwire.

And speaking of film adaptations, Hilary Mantel is no stranger to having her work appearing on the screen, with the big success of her Wolf Hall series. Now she will have her novel of the French Revolution, A Place of Greater Safety, (and a very good book, if you have not read it), adapted by the BBC as The Bookseller reports.
Hilary Mantel

Have a great weekend, filled with the joy of words. And let us know what books you happen to be devouring.


The Book Booth: Springtime Edition



Image: Publishers Weekly

The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Springtime Edition

It finally arrived last night and it's official. Spring has sprung upon us, and with it, all the blooming flowers and sunny glades.

I understand that there was also a solar eclipse as well, but it was far too overcast here to notice much. I hope you had a better view.

First off this week in the good news department, fans of Canadian author Margaret Atwood will be delighted to learn that she has a new novel being published by Penguin Random House (geez is that strange to type) in September. The title is The Heart Stands Alone. You can read about it here.

With the sad passing of Terry Pratchett does come the happier news that there will be one final Discworld novel coming later this summer, entitled The Shepherd's Crown as well as another novel, The Long Utopia, co-authored with Stephen Baxter. The Independent talks about it here. At the bottom of the link, there is a sweet photo essay with some Pratchett quotations that you will enjoy. Pratchett

And for fans of Alan Moore, author of the graphic novels The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, his long-awaited novel Jerusalem will be published in the US by Norton Liveright in the Fall of 2016. It should be a doorstop of a book, running up to a million words, or about twice as long as War and Peace.

On occasion, and in want of a light read, I'll pick up a memoir or biography of one of Hollywood's talents. Word & Film recently discussed the best of the genre here. Oddly, they didn't include Shelley Winters memoir, Shelley Also Known as Shirley, nor David Niven's exaggerated tales told in The Moon's a Balloon. But of the books mentioned, Louise Brooks Lulu in Hollywood is a great read.
Star Memoirs

Ah, remembering fondly the acerbic Gore Vidal, the Telegraph of Great Britain reviewed his many, many feuds. (And speaking of memoirs, his Palimpsest was an engaging book).

So far as I know, Vidal never quarreled with Miguel Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and often described as the father of the modern novel. (Vidal did pick a fight with Ernest Hemingway in asserting the Edgar Allan Poe and not Mark Twain was the true founder of American literature.) But it now seems that the remains of Cervantes may have been found in Madrid. The BBC has the story here. Cervantes

With spring now here, Baseball's opening day can't be far behind. It is, in fact, on April 5th this year. And who knew that this is the 100th anniversary of that source of stats, profiles and all things baseball Who's Who in Baseball? (100 years ago, Babe Ruth was pitching for the Boston Red Sox). NPR did!
Baseball Stats

With the rise of English as the lingua franca, so to speak, in the world today, there are consequences for both written and spoken language. Minae Mizumura examines this phenomena in her new book, The Fall of Language in the Age of English, which she discussed for Publishers Weekly recently.

Book jacket designs are meant, of course, to draw your eye to a book in your independent bookstore, and pick it up, browse through it and buy it. But the process in getting the "right" cover is not so easy, as MJ Franklin at Mashable shows.
Hausfrau Book Cover Art

Finally, a bit of fun from Buzzfeed. What is the worst thing that can happen to you as book lover?
The list seems pretty exhaustive to me.  Worst Things

Happy Springtime everyone! Enjoy the blooms and let us know what books have enthralled you this past week.


Overnight: The Hemingway Daiquiri (aka 'Papa Doble') - Recipe and Video



We started a new feature this week: The #WeekendCocktailMoment.

Hardybear, aka Sher, posted a great recipe for The Hemingway Daiquiri and, week that it was, I decided to try it out myself.

Here's her post: The Hemingway Daiquiri

I can tell, just from the ingredients, that I'm going to like it and am off to the liquor store as soon as I finish this post. It's been that kind of week.

One thing you will notice in the recipe is that Sher adds a simple sugar syrup. She makes note of the fact that Hemingway preferred his without it. One of the YouTube commenters maintains that Hemingway was a diabetic. I've read a lot about Hemingway through the years and if this is true, it's news to me - I plan to research this.

From the 'About' section of the video on YouTube:

Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler demonstrates how to make Ernest Hemingway's favorite daiquiri.