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The Book Booth: Valentine's 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.  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: Valentines Day Edition

Ah, the day to remember our loved ones with chocolate, cards and, one would hope, books. Which Buzzfeed reminds us.
Books for Valentine's Day!

If you and your sweetie are at some loss of how to celebrate your together, Bustle has some ideas for you.
How to Celebrate Valentine's Day!

But what becomes of the broken-hearted, as Jimmy Ruffin asked nearly fifty years ago? The last thing that those who have lost at love want to see or hear are books or songs about love; it seems every song on the radio will be about love gone wrong. Susie Steiner, author the novel Missing, has some suggestions for books for dispirited lovers here at the Guardian. To her list, I would add Ann Beattie's Chilly Scenes of Winter, which, at least, provides some hope.
Books for Good People Currently In-Between Significant Others

The big news in books this week was the announcement that there will be a new Harry Potter book coming out this summer.
Harry's Back! (and Hermione and Hagrid and Ron and...)

But as JK Rowling wants to remind us, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is NOT a novel, but a play script, and follows Harry and family nineteen years after the last novel.
More on Your Favorite Wizard's Return (to Stage and Page)

Is the printed page dying? Maybe not, if today's students are to be believed. They seem to prefer real books. Thanks to my buddy John Miller for sending this link along.
So You Think the Dead Tree Content Delivery System is Dead? Think Again

Even famous writers have a few obscure works in their oeuvre. Ernest Hemingway's Across the River and Into the Trees (the title being a paraphrase of what Stonewall Jackson was reputed to have said after his mortal wound at Chancellorsville), would be one of those books. But it may have a second life now that a film adaptation featuring Pierce Brosnan is now in the works.
Across the River and Into the Cinema for Hemingway

The advance word on Jane Mayer's Dark Money, a book detailing the bizarre and very scary world of the Koch Brothers, is positive. I know our library system has many, many holds on it. Salon has a good feature here that will make you want to learn more.
The Koch Brothers' Dirtiest Deeds Exposed

For those of us who loved the film Sorrow and the Pity, about the French resistance movement during the Second World War, should find the new book by Robert Gildea, Fighters in the Shadow, to be of great interest. The New York Review of Books examines it here. H/T to Lucian for finding this link.
Vive la France (et la Resistance)!

To all a very Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy it with your sweetie and good book. And let us know what books you are adoring!

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The Book Booth: Halloween Edition

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Smiling Pumpkin image from Bustle

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: Halloween Edition

Today is the day. All the ghosts and goblins and witches will invade our neighborhoods, demanding candy and other goodies. The full moon has just passed, adding to the overall eerie night. Be careful opening that door! You don't know what creepiness might await you...and just what is that rapping noise coming from the attic?

Still haven't carved that pumpkin? No worries. The folks at Bustle have you covered with these spooky literary ideas.
Literary Pumpkins

For those of you planning to attend a Halloween party tonight and you're stuck for a costume idea, check out these suggestions that are also from Bustle.
Literary Halloween Costumes

Of course you could go to a Halloween party dressed as one of the GOP candidates, any of which could scare you nearly to death. Clown makeup would be a must. Perhaps not so over the top as Pennywise in the novel It. But you certainly would induce coulrophobia among the other guests. In any event, politicians have always been on the receiving end of many an insult. Here is some of the best insults by authors for their political foes.
Writers Insult Politicians

And if visiting haunted homes is your idea of a great vacation, there are plenty of literary ones to choose from, including Shirley Jackson's and H.P. Lovecraft's. One hope Cthulu doesn't answer the door.
Literary Haunted Houses

Although it would be very cool to visit Middle Earth, one really cannot in the physical sense. But if one could, it sure would be handy to have a map annotated by J.R.R. Tolkien.
J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth Map

So you woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across your head, made your way downstairs and had a cup, looked up and noticed you were late...and made the bus in seconds flat...But you forgot your book! No worries! The French have solved that pesky problem. HT to good friend Caleb for the link.
Get Your Short Stories Here!

The Library of America does beautiful reprints from the best in American literature. Christopher Carduff was hand-picked by John Updike to edit Updike's works. Here Carduff chooses the top ten from the authors works for Publishers Weekly. Oddly, he did not mention Couples, which was something of a breakout novel for Updike. But he did pick my favorite, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.
The 10 Best John Updike Books

It is something quite remarkable and good that we currently have a President who loves to read and read fiction. Here is the interview (part 2) that President Obama had with novelist Marilynne Robinson.
Marilynne Robinson Interviews President Obama On His Reading

We note the passing of the much admired novelist Paul West, who has struggled with health issues for some time now. I very much liked his The Very Rich Hours of Count Von Stauffenberg, his richly imagined narrative of the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler. The New York Times has the obituary here.
Paul West Has Left Us at 85

Finally, some book decorating inspirtation. Buzzfeed recently featured these beautiful rooms which prove Virginia Woolf's dictum that books do furnish a room. Enjoy.
How Books Complete Rooms

Have a happy, safe and very spooky Halloween! And by all means let us know what books have given you the chills on these autumn nights.

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The Book Booth: October Chill Edition

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From: Boing Boing

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: October Chill Edition

Fall is in full stride in our little town. The trees are shedding their vibrantly colored leaves, we have the occasional rainfall and in the evenings, there is a chill in the air. Our furnace is once again engaged in the nighttime. And Halloween is right around the corner.

So if you are in the mood for eerie reading, Flavorwire recently offered up the most creepy settings in horror fiction, including titles from both the modern novels and the classics. I might have added Wuthering Heights, but that could just be me.
You Want Creepy?  Here It Is!

Edgar Allan Poe was the 19th century master of the macabre. Here from MentalFloss are nine celebrities performing The Raven for your edification. Be warned. There is a reading by Shatner...
Quoth the Raven

If you'd rather indulge in science fiction and fantasy, author Ann Leckie, whose new novel, Ancillary Mercy, has just been released, picked her favorite novels for Publishers Weekly. She makes some interesting choices and her number one pick is Frankenstein.
The 10 Best Science Fiction Books

Ever see the graphics of a book cover, well, move? Check this out. Henning M. Lederer animated the illustrations for over fifty books and the results are pretty stunning. The ambient music is also fun.
Retro Book Covers Animated !

I've just been introduced to the ElectricLiterature site and it is pretty cool. If you haven't read it before, I think you'll enjoy. Especially the retelling of the Odyssey by Jeff Bender. Good stuff.
Electric Literature!

If it hadn't been before, the graphic book is now approved by academia! In fact Nick Sousanis was recently awarded his doctorate for his dissertation Unflattering and had it published by the Harvard University Press.
Graphic Book Makes It To The Harvard University Press

The author tour and bookstore readings have been a staple in the publishing industry for a long time. But things have changed and nowadays, they are not as routine anymore. Author Noah Charney, who recently completed a tour of his own, explains why at the Atlantic Magazine.
Author Tours and Bookstore Readings a Thing of the Past? 

Once upon a time...ah, the opening line. There are many great ones, ones burned into our collective memories. The Telegraph featured thirty of them recently here. There are a few that I would have added, but no matter. These are good.
The Opening Line (30 Great Ones!)

Finally, to lighten the mood, Buzzfeed had some jokes that all book lovers will understand right away. Enjoy.
Book Jokes

Please indulge yourself in a warm drink to take off the chill. Get comfortable and enjoy a good book this weekend. And please let us know what books that have you enthralled.

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The Book Booth: More Awards Edition

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From: The New Yorker

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: More Awards Edition

Yep, it is that time of year, where awards and nominees for awards are announced. Last week's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, was not particularly controversial; she had been the leading candidate in the betting halls. But, as The Telegraph points out, Vladimir Putin is probably not a fan. Here's some background on the new Laureate.
Who is Svetlana Alexievich?

Then, again, the choice of Alexievich may not suit all tastes. Consider the Amazon reviewers! Here are some classic reviews from Amazon about Alexievich, and other previous winners of the Nobel.
Amazon Reviews of Nobel Prize Winners' Books

And earlier this week, the winner of the prestigious Man Booker was announced. Marlon James is a Jamaican writer, who's long and ambitious novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is well-regarded by critics, and even described as one as a post-post colonial work. The novel deals with the actual assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976, and includes many, many characters and several plot turns.
Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James

On the other hand, Jeff Chu at Vox thinks the Man Booker should have been Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, and he makes a persuasive case. The book is also nominated for the National Book Award, and perhaps will get some recognition there in Novemeber. H/T to my friends Jack John Hall and Marilyn Dahl for the link.
Should A Little Life Have Won the Man Booker?

And speaking of the National Book Awards, the shortlist of nominees is now available. I'm afraid I can't be much help on any of the titles, having read none of them. But my guess is that any or all of them are worth your attention. From Publishers Weekly.
National Book Awards Nominee Shortlist

Most of these writers are no longer in need of writing tips or manuals. But in case you might be, check out these from the novelist William Gass, whose latest work is Eyes: Novellas and Short Stories, and whose previous novels include Omensetter's Luck and The Tunnel. The advice is weird and idiosyncratic. But kind of fun.
Writing Tips from William Gass

Well, it is that time of year, with Halloween looming. The readers at Buzzfeed had these recommendations for great and overlooked horror novels. And I would concur with the selection of M.R. Carey's zombie novel, The Girl with All the Gifts, which is quite good, with thumbs up from both me and Seattle Tammy.
Underrated Horror Books

And I guess these pumpkin spiced lattes are quite the rage this season as well. Quirk Books recently listed some literary characters who probably enjoy quaffing a latte. Though, somehow, Proust's Marcel didn't make the list. I guess he would have stuck with tea along with his madeline cookies.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Drinkers Literature

I've always found Henry David Thoreau as a bit odd and a bit holier than thou. So I read this article by Kathryn Schulz about the mans moral compass very interesting when Lucian passed it along to me. Then, again, other than being an abolitionist, I don't think I'd have been a good transcendentalist.
Kathryn Schulz Trashes Henry David Thoreau in The New Yorker (with good reason)

Finally from the Good News Department, comes a couple of items. First, the powers that be in New Zealand have seen fit to lift the ban on Ted Dawe's young adult novel, Into the River, news of which cheered the author.
NZ Ban on Into the River Lifted

And this is very cool! The Metropolitan Museum of Art now offers as a free download over 400 books for your perusal and enjoyment. Thanks to OpenCulture for alerting us and h/t to my friend Diane Frederick for the link.
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Free Download of Art Books

Have a most pleasant weekend. Try one of those pumpkin-spiced drinks and read some great books. And by all means, let us know what books you are treasuring.

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