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The Book Booth: St. Valentines 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: St. Valentines Day Edition

A Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers and sweethearts out there. May you all have a candy tray filled with messaged hearts!

For those of you without a loved one to share the day, perhaps if you were even more interesting than you already are, your love life would spark up. With that in mind, take a look at Emily Temple's list of books that will make you more attractive intellectually. Or maybe not. In any event, Flavorwire has the list here.

The fallout from the news that there is another Harper Lee novel, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, continues. For a more detailed look at the controversy, The New York Times devoted a lengthy article. Mockingird Prequel/Sequel?

But yet more controversy! Who exactly owns the screen rights to the new novel? Well, my guess is Ms. Lee does. But that doesn't stop people in Hollywood from talking. The Los Angeles Times reports. Mockingbird / Watchman Screen Rights?

Still, really, the big media news story this past week was Jon Stewart's announcement that he would be leaving the Daily Show later this year. Surely, we will all miss the caustic humor of Jon Stewart. But who will miss him the most? Why book publicists, of course, says the Washington Post.
Jon Stewart Is Moving On

Americans are woefully ignorant of literature written outside the United States. That so many of us had never heard of Patrick Modiano until he won the Nobel Prize for literature last year is evidence of that. That used not to be true. I remember when South American writing was all the rage and lively discussions were to be had over many European writers. Why this has come to pass, I don't really know. Bill Morris at the Daily Beast tackles the question here.
European Writers / Foreign Fiction

Maybe we should all try to adopt the plan of English writer Ann Morgan, who tried to read a different book from a different country, all within one year. She described how she blogged her activities and turned those posts into a book for the BBC. H/To to Lucian for finding this one.
Read the World!

In the used book business, we get lots of folks looking for out-of-print tomes all the time. Some are very easy to find. Yet others are obscure and difficult to obtain without a lot of cost. Bookfinder.com has come up with its list of the most requested OP titles for the past year. Not a lot of surprises, but I was sort of stunned to see Stephen King titles in the list. Who lets King go out of print? Thanks to our friend Mark McKay for sending the link along.
Stephen King Out of Print? Say It Isn't So!

To become a good Antiquarian bookseller, it takes a good eye and a lot of knowledge about the history of books, including types of paper, printing processes, etc. Susan Halas knows a great deal more than I do and shared the information some time ago here. Another h/t to Lucian.
Things to Know If You're a Newcomer in the Book Biz

Over the years, Margaret Atwood's A Handmaids Tale has been a classic of dystopian literature. Surprisingly for me, at least, the current Freshman class at West Point was required to read the book. And, even more surprisingly, Ms. Atwood ventured to the Academy to discuss the work and take questions from the cadets. Laura Miller at Salon has the story here.
Margaret Atwood at West Point

Perhaps some sort of dystopia is not that far away. And in the wrong hands, technology just might become evil! What of a future where the book cover judges you? A scary thought that is on the verge of happening. As Kevin McCarthy shouted, They're here, they're here!
Dystopia is Already Here

A Happy Valentines Day for us all. And whether the current book you are reading is romantic or not, let us know what good books you have piled up.

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck, February 1, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Womens’ Rights

 

Creationism – - Or Not

  • Ham-Chuck – The Missing Link: 55,000-year-old human skull found in Israel sheds light on migration and sex with Neanderthals
  • Cherry-Picking Science Chuck: Many Americans reject evolution, deny climate change yet find GM food unsafe
  • The Consequence Is Upchuck: Consequence of ‘School Choice:’ Creationism spreading in schools, thanks to vouchers

Education

Fifty Shades Of Bark Raving Mad

LGBT Issues

  • Whooopsie: Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

If Media Is The Message

 

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • True Spew: Who will cheer Adelson Netanyahu Boehner and war with Iran? Evangelicals who want the Middle East to go up in flames.
  • Rich, Rich Spew: Some 60 members of the Republican National Committee, including its chairman, are heading to Israel at the end of the month on a trip fully paid for by an organization described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Upchucking Bry-Bry: WILL GETTING RID OF BRYAN FISCHER GET RID OF THE AFA’S PROBLEM?
  • Lane’s Highway Of Hurl: David Lane, the man behind Rick Perry’s and Bobby Jindal’s ‘Response’ prayer rally and the man whose goal is mobilizing pastors and pews to restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage, is now leading AFA’s all-expenses paid GOP trip to Israel.
  • Highway Hurl II: This is the guy now leading the RNC trip to Israel: David Lane Predicts Car Bombings in LA, DC and Des Moines over Gay Inauguration Prayers
  • Faustian Doo Doo: While Christian Zionist endtimers rally behind Bibi: Netanyahu Hungers For War With Iran
  • Highway Hurl III: “It is His land and I believe He (God) will reclaim it in time,”

LGBT Rights

  • For The Love Of Big Hate Chuck: Mormon Church Wants To Protect LGBT People, But There’s A Catch
  • For The Continuation Of Big Hate Chuck: Despite Its Announcement, The Mormon Church Hasn’t Actually Done Anything For LGBT Equality

Politics Nation

  • The Barf Amendment That Will Never Happen: Jindal: Amend Constitution To Stop Marriage Equality
  • Lend Me Your Barf Bag? Who Fears God More? The Iowa 2016 GOP Race Begins
  • Ban Jindal Poop: Bobby Jindal Endorses Ted Cruz’s Push To Ban Same-Sex Marriage
  • Cruz-ing The Toilet: Iowa Freedom Summit: Ted Cruz Pushes ‘Reigniting the Miracle of America’ Theme
  • Frothy Sputum: “I don’t believe life begins at conception,” Santorum told a crowd during an address at the fourth annual Siouxland Rally For Life. “I know life begins at conception.” Meanwhile, Santorum 2.0 plans to push Republicans to unify as “the party of the worker.”
  • Sshhh. Don’t Let ‘Em Know WhatWe’rPuking: Conservatives At Iowa Freedom Summit Preferred Not To Talk About Gay Marriage
  • Lane’s Highway Hurl III: THE BID TO TURN PASTORS INTO POLITICIANS
  • Quivery Upchuck: Romney urges students to marry young & “have a quiver full of kids”; He even cracks jokes about Joseph Smith’s polygamy”
  • Puking On The Constitution: Ben Carson Says Congress Should Remove Pro-Equality Judges, Which Is Unconstitutional
  • Calling Tina Fey Chuck: Run Sarah Run. Desperate For Cash Sarah Palin Says God Will Tell Her Whether Or Not To Run In 2016
  • Hucking Hard: Huckajesus says he can win because ‘real America’ agrees with his anti-choice, anti-gay views

 

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandal

Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

 

Antidotes

 

 

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck January 25, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other WOmens’ Issues

Creationism

  • Hurling As One: Movie extolling Book Of Genesis as world guide features Huckajesus, Dershowitz, Ken Ham & other nutters.
  • Tetch Of Ham In My Upchuck: Forecast for Ark Park attendance cut by half of what Hamhead claims
  • Papal Smear: Santorum needn’t have flipped about Pope Francis’ birth control remarks when in reality, they toe the same conservative line
  • The Method To Their Upchuck: Inside the Secret History Behind the GOP’s Latest 20-Week Abortion Ban

Education

Fifty Shades Of Lies And Propaganda

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

 

If Media Is The Message

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

LGBT

Politics Nation

Religion Gone Bad, Gone Mad

Scandal

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

Antidotes

 

 

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The Book Booth: Thanksgiving Edition

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Image via Examiner.com (article on Thanksgiving children's books)

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.

It's still a few days away, but it is coming up! Thanksgiving always means good eating, and a long weekend of not going to Black Friday sales or Walmart, but catching up on some good reading. And many thanks to Lucian for covering for me last week when I was suffering from my first cold in a very long time.

Nor where was I? Oh, yeah, there were a few things going on. It seems that Amazon and publisher Hachette have buried the hatchet. I've always been a sucker for a happy ending. PC has the story.  Amazon Hatchette Happy Ending

But not all Amazon endings are happy. Over in Seattle, things are changing rapidly and if you're young and single, not necessarily for the better. Tricia Romano has a few complaints over at Salon.
Seattle for Singles
(H/T to old friend George Carroll for finding this one.)

The National Book Awards were announced during the week, including a lifetime award presented to Ursula LeGuin. Who had a few unkind words for Amazon monolith.  LeGuin

Speaking of Seattle, during the years we lived there, we often rode the public buses, which were more convenient than trying to find parking places when going to work. (My work subsidized my bus pass, and thank you to Seattle University for that?. One of the pleasures in bus riding was being able to get some reading done, not the least of which were the poems placed in the ad areas. Seattle Metro discontinued the practice a while back, but happy to say, poetry has returned!  Seattle

Bruce Springsteen had recently published a childrens book, Outlaw Pete. Well, the Boss appeared not too long ago on The Daily Show to talk about the book and he and Jon Stewart seemed to have a good time.  The Boss and Jon Stewart

If you've been worried about Bryan Cranston's career since the concluding episodes of Breaking Bad, not to worry. He,too, has leaped into the field of Childrens books with a narration of Adam Mansbach's new "kids" book, You Have to F**king Eat.  Eat!

Springsteen and Cranston are not the only celebrities delving into literature of late. Tom Hanks recently published a short story in the New Yorker and has a contract now for a collection of short stories. And there are many more published actors than Mr. Hanks. Word and Film presented some of them here.
Tom Hanks's Short Story

Both SeattleTammy and I are looking forward to seeing Interstellar on the big screen. We would have, in fact, but my cold intervened. For those of you who loved the film, the good news is that the writer of the film, Jonathan Nolan is now developing Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy for HBO.
Asimov

For all you Lord of the Rings nerds, here is a great quiz from MentalFloss where you have to name the top fifty characters by the number of mentions in the trilogy. I sent this one to my close friend John Miller who knows most a great deal about Tolkien and he scored 46. I didn't even try. Who's Who in Tolkien?

With some sadness I will note the passing of LA Times film critic and author Charles Champlin. While he wasn't perhaps in the league with Pauline Kael or Andrew Sarris, his passion for the cinema was always evident and I enjoyed reading him during my LA years. Charles Champlin Has Moved On

Finally on a more upbeat note, David Rosenberg at Slate has this great article on the photographs by Brian David Griffith's on the many great independent bookstores across this nation. The photos give us hope that the death of Indies is exaggerated, and for that, I am thankful.
Independent Bookstores Still With Us

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving good people and please let us know what books you've got going this weekend.

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