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 must be darn close to being winter. Our little town received a dusting of snow this week and everyone is beginning to issue their "Best Of" lists in the world of lists. The New York Times leads it off with its top ten for 2013 with a list of intriguing works in fiction and non-fiction.
America's best newspaper not actually in American, The Guardian has several top book categories. It is a bit Brit-centric but the books listed are notable and worth paying attention to.
Small Business Saturday came and went last week. Sparked by an idea from Sherman Alexie had, Indies First became a nationwide movement of authors actually working in Independent bookstores and drew a number of well-known writers to support their favorite stores. The Christian Science Monitor had the story here.
Among those shopping on Small Business Saturday was the President, who bought nearly two dozen volumes at DC's Politics and Prose bookshop. The New York Times examined the works POTUS purchased.
It seems the President jumped the gun by bringing his daughters along to shop. Today is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, a movement that seems to be growing. H/T to Paddy!
Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing finds the most interesting photographs. Here he has found some fine images from libraries around the world.And wouldn't it be cool if your library had this beautiful score playing in the background? Though I hope you wont need your snorkel to enjoy.
With the success of some self-published novels, like 50 Shades of Gray, some folks thing that writing may just make them rich. And fast. Not so fast, says crime novelist Ian Rankin. It doesn't quite work that way.
This past week saw the passing of publisher/editor Andre Schiffrin, who helped bring into print many of the most important books of the last 50 years. His New Press has published many fine books and if you see that imprint on a book you may be interested in, you can be assure of its quality.
Finally, have you ever wondered about the process of actually getting a book printed? Paddy passed along this extraordinary photo gallery of how one Sci-fi novel becomes an actual book.
Enjoy your weekend and let us know what books you are enjoying right now!