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 was quite a week in the world of books. Foremost, we lost one of America's great literary lights in the passing of Maya Angelou, whose works will endure. The New York Times had this appreciation which is well worth your time: Maya Angelou
USA Today featured these quotes from Ms. Angelou as well as some other links about her life and work.
In much happier news, LaVar Burton has begun a Kickstarter campaign to revive Reading Rainbow, and it seems to have been very successful, and something of which I'm sure Maya Angelou would have approved. Check out his video here, and for some of you of a certain age, it just might bring a tear to your eyes.
Still in search for books to read this summer? The New Republic has some interesting selections. And any list that include Haruki Murakami can't be all bad.
If there are books you've missed in the past that you've been meaning to get to, BuzzFeed has these suggestions for Summer reading, including some short novels like Death in Venice or The Lover, all worthwhile reading.
If your tastes are more literary, Claire Fallon at HuffPo has a list of some fine younger writers you could check out here.
You may want to add Hilary Clinton's new memoir Hard Choices to your reading list. The book will be published on June 10th and deals in the main with her years as the Secretary of State. She will also be doing an author tour (which can be pretty grueling) and some signings. USA Today suggests that this could be step one for her in the 2016 campaign.
John Dickerson at Slate had these thoughts on the memoir, and does see the book as part of a campaign launch. Dickerson Slate article.
Perhaps you loved a book in the past and wish there had been more. MentalFloss has a list of sequels you may not have known existed, and to which you can add to your summer reading. Though you wont catch me reading any sequels to GWTW. Life is too short.
Hey, maybe that Tory government in England isn't so American-Friendly! Ari Shapiro at NPR has this story of three American works now dropped from the curriculum, including To Kill a Mockingbird. Harumph! I say.
Here is yet another BuzzFeed quiz for you. It asks how many of the listed 99 titles you have read. But the really cool thing about this quiz has to be the original dust jacket art! Take a gander.
Our weekend forecast here is for splendid weather for our little town, and I hope you have the same. Read lots and by all means, tell us what books you are enjoying.