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The Book Booth: The Days Dwindle Down 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: 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 Now it seems that there are some unpublished works from Scott Fitzgerald.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Unpublished Stories and Drafts: Should We Be Interested?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.
The Wake

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.


The Book Booth: Yet Another Full Moon Edition



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, 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 looks to be a clear summer night in our little town this weekend, and we should be able to see the glorious moonlight this evening as it traverses our southern sky. There is something about a full moon that satisfies the soul. Almost like reading a good book...

It's still two months away from the Nobel Prize announcements, but checking the odds, Haruki Murakami is once again the favorite. (If you are the wagering kind, you'll find the odds here🙂

Murakami's previous novel IQ84 is a huge, ambitious work, but his new work is shorter, and has this appreciation from Laura Miller at Salon.  Murakami.

If your curiosity is piqued but want to know more about Murakami's work, check out this summary by Matthew Stretcher at Publishers Weekly of his favorite novels from the author. Murakami novels.

It seems that this year is the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The Guardian offers up this quiz in order to see how much you really know about Tolkien and his magnum opus.

From the department of the creepy, comes this article from BoingBoing regarding William Burroughs and his, umm, er, distaste for centipedes. Caution, it is illustrated. William Burroughs

And H/T to my friend and author Ray Vukcevich, writer of short stories and general whimsy. You can see Ray's webpage here.

Even creepier, though, is this new jacket design for Penguin Classics release of Roald Dahl's Charley and the Chocolate Factory. I mean, huh?

From the files of history department comes a review of this interesting book on the birth of modernist painting in Paris, Sue Roe's In Montmarte:Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris 1900-1910. with another H/T to our friend Lucian!

Now I didn't know this. Many long-term booksellers have taken the seminar offered by the American Bookseller Association. I did, many full moons ago. And it seems that Amazon Chairman of the Board, Jeff Bezos did as well.

Though I don't think we attended together. I'd probably have remembered that. American Bookseller Association Seminar

I do know that I am not the hippest guy around when it comes to social media. And although I know of Tumblr, I have not used it. Perhaps I should.

For Anne Rice fans, who thought that the lamentable Queen of the Damned would be the last film version from her Vampire Chronicles, take heart! More movies may get made!

Finally as we close this weeks post, comes a quiz from MentalFloss. Can you guess what these author's previous line of work was? I couldn't, scoring a dismal 10%.

Authors' Day Jobs.

A most pleasant weekend for you all, with many books. And please let us know what works you are loving!


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