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.