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The Book Booth: Dad's Day Edition



The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing.  It is written by @SeattleDan and SeattleTammy, operators of an on-line bookstore (which you can find here) , who have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Dad's Day Edition

Sunday is the day we honor our fathers, although we probably should be doing that daily and not on some Hallmark appointed day. If your dad is still with us, give him a call, send him a card, take him to lunch. And if he's no longer here, think some good thoughts about the ol' man.

My dad is the king of the pun. And he's been known to tell a joke or two. From Bustle, here are some literary Dad jokes from some contemporary writers.
Literary Dad Jokes!

One of the things my dad did when I was a teenage would-be intellectual and lover of arts was to indulge my interests by getting me subscriptions to magazines like Ramparts and Avant-Garde. It just so happens the old issues of the latter have now been digitized and are available on-line. H/T to my friend, Ray V. for sharing the link.
Ramparts and Avant-Garde Now Online

If your plans for the weekend include lazing about and watching movies, you may want to check out these recommendations from Public Books. I've seen most of these and recommend them myself. By the way, Turn: Washington's Spies is available for streaming on Netflix and it is a very interesting take on the Revolutionary war.
Revolutionary War Spies - on Netflix.

Speaking of the American Revolution, last Sunday the musical Hamilton swept the Tony Awards, winning eleven. If your curiosity has been piqued about Alexander, take a look at this New Yorker article about the books that he (and Aaron Burr) checked out from the Society Library back in the day.
What Did Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Read?

Who could have predicted the rise of Donald Trump? Well, in a way, Sinclair Lewis did in his novel It Can't Happen Here. But as Cory Doctorow points out, Neal Stephenson did as well, 22 years ago in his novel Interface.

One of the great novels of the past 25 years or so is Don DeLillo's Underworld. The opening of the novel, the day the Giants beat my beloved Dodgers on Bobby Thompson's home run and the fate of that very baseball is one of the most breath-taking pieces of writing that I've read. Here DeLillo talks about the origin of the book with the Guardian.
Don DeLillo Discusses Underworld

I have been reading David Halberstam's mammoth history The Fifties and just finished his chapter on the Beats. So I was pleased to come across this illustrated poem of Allen Ginsberg's A Supermarket in California, his poem addressed to Walt Whitman.
Allen Ginsberg's A Supermarket in California

With some sadness comes the report of the passing of Spanish language translator Gregory Rabassa at age 94. His translation of One Hundred Years of Solitude was so good, Gabriel Garcia Marquez declared it greater than the Spanish language edition.
Gregory Rabassa, Marquez Translator

And if you're looking for weekend reading, why not try a work in translation. Daniel Saldana Paris, author of Among Strange Victims, deems these works originally written in Spanish as essential.
Best Spanish Language Books in Translation

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. Have a great day and please let us know what novels you are now savoring.


The Book Booth: Another Odds and Ends 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.

We are still awaiting the arrival of the spring sun here in our little town. Of course with the rain, we have all too much time to read and ponder the books we have not read yet. Buzzfeed, in the wake of Donna Tartt's Fiction Pulitzer this year for her novel The Goldfinch, wonders how many of these winners you have read. For me, it was shockingly few.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer winning The Grapes of Wrath. The Guardian offered this quiz on both the book and its author.

Last week we mourned the passing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez at age 87. It seems he has left behind a manuscript that may or may not get published. YahooNews had the story.

It is no secret that Garcia Marquez was indebted to William Faulkner for much in his writing. Tyler Coates at Flavorwire has this rather exhaustive list of the best Southern novels ever written. Again, I have not begun to read enough of them.

And, of course, the American Southern novel is a specific literary genre. The Guardian is running a series of articles on genres that is very interesting. Here Juliet McKenna discusses Science Fiction.

Here Elizabeth Edmondson explores Jane Austen, who, it is contended, was unaware that Ms. Austen was unaware that she was writing "literature".

In the genre of crime thriller, there is no better example than Detroit's Elmore Leonard. For those of you who may enjoy a trip to the Motor City, you might want to check out this article from Grantland which explores both Leonard and his city.

For many writers having a "home" muse is a huge plus. Sometimes it just in offering a stable environment for the writer and for others in having a sympathetic editor. HuffPo picked some of their favorite literary couples here.

Well, it is the weekend, and you have a million things you need to get done. Still, you'd like to read a really good book. Emily Temple at Flavorwire had these fifty suggestions. The article includes some great cover art as well. Enjoy one of these today at your local independent bookstore!

I don't follow Amazon best seller lists and I'd recommend finding titles that you want from the aforementioned independent store or your local library. But it is nice to see this one book, All God's Dangers, receive some notice after an article published in New York Times talked about it.

I find many of the Buzzfeed quizzes (which animal are you; what historical period are you, etc.) are very dependent on contemporary cultural references that I don't know. Especially if they emanate from the TV machine. However this one doesn't. So go find out what book type you are here. I seem to be a hardcover book. And that's ok.

Have a fine weekend. Enjoy your time off and let yourself get into a book. And please let us know what