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.
Well the Nobel Committee has selected this year's winner and Haruni Murakami will have to wait for another year. The French writer Patrick Modiano took the honors, and as the WaPo points out, he is little known outside of France. And, I have to admit, I had not heard of him before the announcement was made. Patrick Modiano.
For the curious among you who'd like to know more about Modiano, Alexandra Schwartz at the New Yorker provides some context and assessment. More on Modiano.
On the other hand, Jonathon Sturgeon at Flavorwire is completely baffled at this choice by the Swedish judges.
Even more on Modiano.
In other prize news, the venerable Kirkus Review, which has been around since 1933, will now be giving out awards for outstanding books and writers. The first ceremony will be held in Austin on October 23rd. NPR has the story.
In the film adaptation department, Shortlist magazine recently recommended nine films based on books that you may not be aware of. I was happy to see Ridley Scott's The Duelists, a negelcted film with a great performance by Harvey Keitel. Films Based on Unknown Books.
I'm a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's films, and I am also a fan of Thomas Pynchon's novels. It seems Anderson has directed Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, due in theaters in December with a very interesting cast. This is the first work of Pynchon's that I know of to get a film treatment and I look forward to seeing it. Rope of Silicon reports on the critical reaction after a showing at the New York Film Festival. Review of Inherent Vice
For fans of the TED talks, BookRiot has listed its literary favorites here. And it is always fun to see Billy Collins.
Literary TED Talks.
We know about book to film adaptation. How about book to song adaptation? If you've never heard Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights, go listen to it now! And what is Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe but a Fauklner story set to music? The folks at Shortlist recently listed 25 songs that reference books.
Emily Temple at Flavorwire had a good article on the favorite books of fifty iconic celebrities.
Finally have you ever idly doodled or simply wanted to see if you still had some ink in your pen? Medieval copyists did, too. io9 has the story. World's Oldest Book Doodles.
A good weekend for us all, and tell us what books you are currently devouring!