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: The Days Dwindle Down Edition
Just when you think that summer will never end, well, the rains return. The air is cooler. And did I see that some of the trees are already turning color? With the overcast skies, I guess seeing this weekend's full moon won't be possible.
In Spokane, last weekend and while it was still plenty hot, the WorldCon was held and, finally, the Hugo Awards were announced. Alison Herman has a review of the controversy here at Flavorwire.
Hugo Awards Controversy
Among the winners was Chinese author Cixin Liu whose novel The Three Body Problem took top prize. But all in all, there were five awards not given at all.
Five Hugo Awards Not Awarded This Year
And among the big loser were both the Sad and the Rabid Puppies, whose agenda to get some meaty right-wing fiction recognized, failed badly. At least their efforts have prompted some rule changes.
Hugos: Sad and Rabid Puppies
Arthur Chu attended the WorldCon and had these thoughts on the Hugos for Salon magazine. H/T to Lucian for sending the link along.
The Future of the Hugos Does Not Belong to the Right Wing
Jonathan Sturgeon recently provided a list at Flavorwire of the best books ever assigned in High School. It's an interesting list, but I cannot remember any of these were ever read in my alma mater.
Best High School Book Assignments
The Great Gatsby was one of those works I did read in high school, and I'm glad it was. Now it seems that there are some unpublished works from Scott Fitzgerald. Lots of writers have stories and drafts shoved into a drawer somewhere. And with good reason. The Guardian asks if we should care if there is work from the great writers that largely goes unseen.
Unpublished Stories and Drafts: Should We Be Interested?
Nearly twenty years ago, the Thurber Awards were established to honor the best in humor writing and the past winners have included Jon Stewart and David Sedaris. But a woman humorist has never won. This year may just see that change.
Thurber Awards for Humor: Will A Woman Win This Year For the First Time?
The literary sensation this year in Great Britain is a novel by Paul Kingsnorth entitled The Wake. And, no, other than sharing a loving affinity for language, it isn't like Finnegans Wake. The story is about the Norman conquest and its aftermath in England, with not a few words in Olde English. I am intrigued. NPR has the story.
I missed this earlier in the summer. The New Yorker asked several writers what they planned on reading during the warmer days and the list is interesting. If you still need to fill in your summer reading list, you may want to get some ideas.
It's Still Summer! Writers' Reading Lists!
Enjoy these final days of summer. September is just around the corner. Schools will re-open. We will have the last meals cooked on the grill. But we will always have books. Let us know what books you're loving.