The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relat
ing 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, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
It is the weekend we honor and celebrate our mothers. And what better occasion to remind everyone, books make a great gift for the women who brought us into this world. My own mother was a voracious reader who helped teach me the joys of the printed word and the pleasures of reading.
My mother was great. However, literature is replete with some not so very good Moms. Jennifer Gilmore over at Publishers Weekly showcases some of the worst.
In other unpleasant news, you may have seen that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has had to go to court to regain her rights to the copyright. This item has been all over the place, but I first saw it at Talking Points Memo.
Ms. Lee’s lawsuit tops the list of literary litigation over MentalFloss. And why am I not surprised that J.D. Salinger is included?
I believe I’ve mentioned before that as a young lad, I devoured comic books and a lot of literature was introduced to me through the great Classics Illustrated. So I am a fan of the graphic novel. The Beat recently posted an article on the five of the best to have been released in the past six months.
And I was not aware of this project but Joyce’s Ulysses is getting an illustrated presence. Publishers Weekly has the story of the illustrator and his arrangement with the Joyce Center in Dublin.
The phenomenon of Showrooming was the subject of an article in the Seattle Times. I understand it and I loathe it. I wouldn’t go so far as to charging customers for the privilege of browsing the the shelves. But I get the temptation some retailers have succumbed to.
PBS has a quiz asking which Shakespearian Character are You. It’s kind of cute, or at least I thought it was, until I took it and discovered I was Rosalind from As You Like It. I don’t see the resemblance.
In the Book Architecture Department, devianART had this interesting idea for a park bench.
A Happy Mothers Day to all you fine Moms. Keep reading and let us know what is on your nightstand this weekend.