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The Book Booth: April Come She Will 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. @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: April Come She Will Edition

Spring has sprung and April is right around the corner. Ah, April, the month of baseball, sunshine, blooming trees, fragrant odors, lawns that need to be mowed. Maybe Eliot was right.

Speaking of smells, there is nothing quite like the aroma of a used bookstore. And if you'd like to keep that smell with you all day, you know can with this new perfume. H/T to my good friend, Caleb Bullen for finding this item that can be yours for a mere eighty dollars.
Eau de Old Books

We're still at the tail end of March and with it, the continuing athletic displays of collegiate hoops, known as March Madness. I am not one to fill out brackets, as I don't really follow the game closely. I'm sure it leads to madness and obsession, much like the characters in the books Flavorwire recently highlighted in an article from Emily Temple.
Madness

Speaking of obsession, one book club in Boston has, for the past 18 years, met to discuss one book and one book only. That book would be Finnegan's Wake. Hats off to such persistence.
Finnegan's Wake Book Club

Some booksellers and librarians clearly have too much time on their hands, producing book/song parodies. These are seriously a lot of fun. Enjoy.
Book/Song Parodies

Back in 1966, Paul Simon asked if the theater was really dead in his song The Dangling Conversation. (I seem to have old Paul Simon songs on the brain this week.) The same question has hung over the novel for well over a century now. Vox recently time-lined the proclamation of the book's demise here.
The Book's Demise? Not So Fast!

If the novel were really dead, and I have serious doubts about it, we could always re-read some favorites. I like to re-read books. I just recently finished re-reading David Hadju's Positively Fourth Street, a fine look at the early days of the folk revival in the early sixties, focussed on the intertwined lives of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Richard and Mimi Farina. But there can be dangers in going back to a well-loved book. Susie Rodarme examined some of those dangers here at Book Riot.
You Can't Read That Book Again (Or Maybe Shouldn't)

Alas, the famed historian of folk and blues music, Samuel Charters, has passed away at age 85. The New York Times had this lengthy obituary.
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You, Samuel Chambers

I have a few items from the intersection of books and politics to share. First off, it seems that Stephen King is no pal of Maine's teabagging governor. Governor LePage recently intimated that King does not pay taxes; King called him out.
King to LePage: Stop Lying

Meanwhile, activists helped to shut down Hancock Air Base in New York state and used oversized books to make their point in a creative display of protest.
Anti-Drone Activists

And who knew that the path to literacy in the Soviet Union could be so much fun? THIS IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. DO NOT OPEN THIS LINK IN FRONT OF CHILDREN. Enjoy. H/t to old pal and publisher, Richard Grabman.
Soviet Erotic Alphabet

In happy news, the great songwriter Elvis Costello has a new memoir in the works, due to be published by a Penguin imprint sometime in October. This news will no doubt please SeattleTammy who is probably Mr. Costello's biggest fan.
Elvis Costello Memoir

May you all have sweet smelling weekends, filled with books and good music. Let us know what books you've got going, and, heck, tell us what music you are loving.

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The Book Booth: Pi Day 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. @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: Pi Day Edition

Yes, it is the day all math nerds look forward to, International Pi Day! Enjoy a good apple pie, and take glory in its irrationality. May pi go on forever, and ever and ever.

We start off with the wild world of literary rumors. There are tons of them, of course, and the more eccentric the writer, the wilder the rumor. Flavorwire recently looked at eight such rumors. You might have a few of your own to add.
Literary Rumors

Some writers are born and some become that way. James Joyce was probably born to write, though he began a course in medicine while he lived in Paris as a young man. It seems that Gabriel Garcia Marquez's initial dream, like that of Anthony Burgess, was to be a musician. But somehow writing got in the way. h/t to Lucian for finding this story.
Accidental Writers

Another case of coming to writing late is the novelist Paul Beatty, who's latest novel is The Sellout. (His earlier novel, White Boy Shuffle, is a great read. Go find a copy.) Here he talks about becoming a writer and his work with Colin Dickerman, over at Work in Progress.
Paul Beatty on becoming a writer

Perhaps coming to the writing trade later in life isn't such a bad thing. Or at least, so contends British novelist, Joanna Trollope. With age comes maturity to put things, those very things you want to say, into perspective. So there is hope for us geezers, after all.
Coming to Writing Late in the Game

Of course the older one gets, the more stories one has to tell. But how to get it out to the public? David Wilson, a co-founder of that fine charity War Child, would like to get his story published. Check out a chapter of his work here and if you've got a few bucks to send his way, please do. I mean he has the recommendations of Sir Tom Stoppard and Brian Eno! h/t to my Second Life friend, Pavl.
Help Davis Wilson (co-founder of War Child) Tell His Story

It seems that Maurice Sendak was one of those who found his calling early. Although I am too old to have been able to enjoy his work as a child, I derived great pleasure in sharing his work with my kid and other children throughout the years. MentalFloss revealed a number of things about the illustrator that you may not know about here.
Maurice Sendak

I talked about Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, and his decade long hiatus from publishing last week. He has hit the interview trail, and you may enjoy this fairly short ( eight minutes) video of him discussing his new work, The Buried Giant, at the BBC. Thanks again to Lucian for sending along the link.
Kazuo Ishiguro Interview

From the Department of the Weird comes this week some books you may just want to pass on as the covers pretty much tell the story. These were collected by Tiffany Willis, founder of the Liberal America blog, who is an "unabashed" member of the Christian Left.
Religious Book Covers That Leave Nothing to the Imagination

From the ridiculous to the sublime, here is a sweet photo essay of some of the most beautiful bookstores from around the world. One of these days, in my old age, I'll visit or re-visit them.
Beautiful Bookstores

Finally, I note the passing of the author of the Discword series, Sir Terry Pratchett. He was a fine, often brilliant, writer with a huge imagination. He will be missed.
Goodbye Terry Pratchett

Enjoy your Pi day and then enjoy St. Patricks Day next week. But in the meantime, let us know what books you want to rave about. A great weekend to you all.

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