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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: Odd and Curious Facts Edition
Well, it isn't exactly Ripley's Believe It or Not, but I found a few things this week that my surprise. Or not. And who, on this fine and pleasant weekend morning, doesn't want some amusement?
We all know that it takes some books some time to get published and editors often don't know what they have until it gets published somewhere else. It took James Joyce years to get Dubliners published. And Ulysses was essentially privately published. Literary history has many examples of books that were rejected outright as Litreactor notes here.
Books by Authors Who Refused to Take 'No' for an Answer
We all like to read stories that reflect our own lives in some way (though I'm in the midst of reading Melville and have no desire to become a whaler), and Marley Dias, an 11 year old black girl, is no exception. She managed to collect and donate 1000 books that featured young black girls, truly inspiring and landed her a spot on Larry Wilmore's show. H/T to my friend Caleb for finding the link.
The Image of Black Girls in Literature (from Books Collected by a Black Girl)
Then there is the truly obsessed reader. Since 1999 Michael Orthofer has graded the books he has read at his website, The Complete Review, and the number totals more than 3500 books so far. Which is pretty amazing. Admittedly, I read slowly, so I am impressed. The New Yorker profiled Mr. Orthofer here.
Michael Orthofer's Impossible Quest to Read and Review the World
As those of you who have patiently looked at my weekly articles here know, I like good jacket art. Buzzfeed recently featured some new designs for some old classics, and the result is impressive.
New Book Jacket Designs for Old Classics
With so many ads delivered to us these days electronically, we forget that in the days of yore, before radio and tv, not to mention the internet, most advertisements appeared in print, either in newspapers or magazines. Bookriot featured a few of those book ads from 1910. Remember any of these?
Book Ads from 1910
Looking for a gift for your book lover friends, but afraid to get a book they may all ready have? Take a gander at some of the cool items that Mallory McInnis has found at, again, Buzzfeed.
Great Non-Book Gifts for Book Lovers (Accio Books!)
Finally, as I'm sure you have seen, Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away at age 89. NPR appreciated her here.
Nell Harper Lee Leaves This World at the Age of 89:
Enjoy your weekends with lots of reading and many books. And please let us know what books you are loving this week.