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.
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!