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The Book Booth: Mom's Days Edition



Image from: The Autism Site - original from Flickr

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: Mom's Days Edition

A Happy Mothers Day to all you moms and soon-to-be moms out there. May your kids spoil you rotten this weekend! And for those of us who have lost their moms over the years, may we have fond memories.

Like many of you, my mother read to me as a child and instilled the love of stories for me forever. The folks at the Autism Site suggest that we, as adults, should revisit some of those stories. I, for one, loved The Little Engine That Could.
H/T to our friend Lucian for sending the link along.
10 Children's Books Adults Should Re-Read

If you'd rather stick with some more adult fare, Buzzfeed has some very good suggestions for reading from around the world. I'd second in particular, Shadow of the Wind if you haven't read it yet.
Reading from Around the World

The weekend is also a good time to watch some movies. So, again from Buzzfeed, here are some 90 movies that have been adapted from books. I have watched some 56 of these films with varying degrees of enjoyment. How about you?
90 Films Adapted from Books

It's been a good week for those who'd ban books. You may have read that in Moscow, copies of Art Spiegelman's Maus were removed from the city's bookstores. The author talked to NPR recently about the ban.
Maus Banned in Moscow

And then some enlightened literary yahoos in Couer d'Alene Idaho have decided that both Of Mice and Men and The Kite Runner may just corrupt the minds of America's youth. Oh, and Steinbeck used words like "bastard" and "damn". Oh, my virgin ears!
Idaho Town with Pretty Name Bans Books

In happier news, it seems that a cache of old Mark Twain articles written in 1865-66 for the Virginia City newspaper that were considered lost have been found. So if you thought you've read all the Twain there is to read, you're in for a treat. Thanks to good friend, Caleb Bullen for finding.
Mark Twain Dispatches from Virginia City Found

I no longer watch the television much anymore, though I do catch up on some shows via Netflix. But years ago Tammy and I faithfully watched Seinfeld. The writing was always wonderful, if not literary. And Bustle recalls some of the shows more bookish moments here.
Bookish Seinfeld

Sadly we note the passing of mystery writer, Ruth Rendell, who wrote the Wexford novels which were adapted by the BBC. NPR has the obituary here.
Ruth Rendell of the Wexford Novels Has Left Us

Last week, Robert Crawford listed his top ten poems by T.S. Eliot, a rather daunting task. The usual suspects are included, but there are also some surprises. His selections:
Tom Eliot's Top Ten Poems

Crawford did omit my particular favorite of Eliot's, Rhapsody on a Windy Night. You may recognize it as the inspiration for the song Memory from Cats and there is a very melodic feel to the poem. Rhapsody.

Again, a Happy Mothers Day! Please remember that
   books make great gifts for Mom.
So step into your local independent bookseller this weekend, pick up a book or two and let us know what you bought!


Afternoon-Evening Links


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Imagine: Ignorance In Idaho Has A Happy Ending



In 2007, author Sherman Alexie's book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. That's high praise indeed. Yet this semi-autobigraphical novel describing growing up on a Spokane Indian Reservation while attending an all-white secondary school, has ridden into some difficulty recently in Meridian, Idaho.

A few weeks ago, the school board voted 2-1 to ban the book because it contained sexually charged material and mocked the Christian religion. It's not particularly clear which was more offensive to the school board, the "steam" of the material or the "passion" of the Christ. But none the less, banned it became.

Literature might have been knocked to the mat, but it wasn't out for the count.

The Raw Story:

Following the ban, two Washington women held a crowd-sourced fundraiser to purchase copies of the book to distribute to the 350 students who had signed the petition protesting the board’s move. Working with a Boise bookstore, the women were able to purchase enough copies for all of the students with the publisher donating an additional 350 copies to be given away at a later date.

And give them away they did. It was in a public park this past weekend. Well, until a concerned citizen called the police. They came to see what was going on. It seems Junior Mountain View High school student Brady Kissel was distributing free copies of the novel to students who had signed a petition protesting the board’s recent decision.

Fortunately for the young people of Meridian Idaho, and the rather enlightened understanding of the police in that community, "peace" was kept and sanity restored.

The police spoke to student Brady Kissel and determined no harm was being done. The books were distributed. Literature triumphed over close-minded ignorance. And sanity returned to the sleepy community where education won out. Let's hear it for the police in Meridian Idaho.


Friday Links



Ukraine crisis: Kerry accuses Russia of 'destabilisation'

Crimea? Pshaw. CEOs Want to Party With Putin

Rand Paul Reacts To Cliven Bundy’s Racism By Admitting That Voter Fraud Doesn’t Exist

Ranchers like Cliven Bundy are moochers

Christian band Jars of Clay front-man tweets support for marriage equality, backlash ensues

Accused killer and avowed racist had shocking past with a gay male hooker

Idaho denies gay veteran right to be buried with her spouse

Morning Reads from Bill Moyers

Five cities where you can live large, for a little

Human consciousness is simply a state of matter, like a solid or liquid – but quantum

Sean Hannity Claims That He Is The Real Victim of Cliven Bundy’s Racist Comments

GOP lawmaker: Men earn more than women because they work nights and weekends

Tech Millionare Who Beat Girlfriend 117 Times Ducks Jail Despite Damning Video

South Carolina GOP Official Wants To Shut Down Grand Jury Investigating Him For Corruption