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The Book Booth: Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall 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: Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall Edition

Salutations from the stormy coast, where the leaves are beginning to fall, and coating my lawn. One of the bonuses this year for us has been a huge apple crop from our tree. I wish we had a cider press, but it looks like for the winter we will be well supplied with applesauce. Which isn't a bad thing.

As we go to press here, the Nobel committee has not announced the winner for the prize in literature. We'll know next week, it seems. The New Republic looks at potential laureates here.
Candidates for the Nobel Prize for Literature
But we do know now the finalists for this years National Book Awards, which will be presented on November 16th. No big surprises. If I were placing bets at Ladbrokes, I'd go with Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.
National Book Awards Finalists

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction can often fall into obscurity, adorning lists of previous writers so honored. Who reads Allen Drury anymore, though his Advise and Consent won, sold very well and was adapted to both screen and stage? Or Caroline Miller who won in 1934? MacKinlay Kantor who won for his massive novel Andersonville in 1956, has met this fate. Kantor also wrote the novel Glory for Me, which was famously adapted to the screen in The Best Years of Our Lives, a wonderful film that you should watch if you haven't seen it. His grandson Tom Shroder remembers him here for lithub. It is sad reading and I was sorry to see that Kantor became a complete reactionary.
Macaulay Kantor Remembered

One of the perks of becoming a famous and popular author is that he or she actually has some pull in Hollywood productions. Not to mention some financial reward that not many writers get. Here the Hollywood Reporter tells us the current top 25 authors that have great influence in Tinseltown.
Authors with Influence in Hollywood

Planning some off-season Fall traveling? The rates are lower and tourist spots not nearly as crowded as they are in Summer. E. Ce Miller at Bustle has some suggestions for literary places to visit, though I personally wouldn't going to Key West this week.
Literary Places to Visit This Fall

And if you are going to travel, which books should you bring along, or pick up along the way? Legal Nomad has some interesting selections you may want to try.
Travel Books Recommended by a Great Travel Blog

For those of us staying at home, but want to read and discover other places and people, Gulnaz Khan has some suggestions for you at National Geographic. Thanks to Lucian for passing this along to me.
More Travel Book Recommendations

Wow! Emma Bovary is now 160 years old. Madame Bovary was immensely controversial when first published and its author, Gustave Flaubert, prosecuted for writing pornography. Charlotte Jones has this appreciation of the work for the Guardian.
Charlotte Jones on Emma Bovary 

Over at Publishers Weekly, the novelist Mauro Javier Cardenas listed some of his favorite novels with very long sentences. It is a good list, a bit heavy on Latin American writers, and does not include either James Joyce or Marcel Proust.
Favorite Novels with Long Sentences

And I did see many years ago, the poster of this sentence from Proust diagrammed. I wish I'd have bought it.
Proust's Longest Sentence Diagrammed

Finally, for your audio pleasure, enjoy the late and missed Eva Cassidy sing Autumn Leaves, music by Joseph Kosma and English lyric by Johnny Mercer. (The original song in French had a lyric by Jacques Prevert).

Have a magnificent weekend and please share with us what books are delighting you now.


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!


Overnight: RIP Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall



It's sad to have to say goodbye to two people who have meant so much to us throughout our lives but that's what today has brought to us.

Lovely Lauren Bacall has moved on, Robin Williams as well.

Tonight we have two embeds, one each of their work (which don't begin to show you their incredible range of talent.).

More on Lauren Bacall from the BBC:

US film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.

Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have Not.

More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination

Read more here.

Our Political Carnival posts on Robin Williams:

A page of articles about Robin Williams on the BBC website here.

Lauren Bacall's 'Whistle' Line:

Robin Williams on Mork and Mindy

Mork and Mindy Season 1 Episode 21 In Mork We Trust


I Could Have Been Elliot Rodger


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