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.
I hope everyone enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday and meals and feel contented this fine day. And I hope you all didn't participate in the Thursday night box-store shopping frenzy. Today is Small Business Saturday. I would ask all of you to please patronize your local businesses and keep your towns and cities vibrant. You know the small business people. They are your friends and neighbors and add so much to the character to wherever you live.
It is the gift-buying season and if you're reading this post, then I'll bet books are high on the list. The Guardian recently asked a number of authors what their favorite books were for the past year and I'm sure some the suggestions here will intrigue.
In the bygone days of yore, authors often endorsed other products than books, like they were celebrities or something. In this post from Flavorwire, it seems Ballantine Ale was the alcohol of many a writer.
However, if you were planning to purchase a copy of the rare Bay Psalm Book for a loved one this year from Sotheby's, you're out of luck. It's already been sold. Via Paddy.
Paddy also found these cool bookcases, which I would guess are bit more affordable.I also love the name of this site...Geeksaresexy. Darn tootin'!
It seems that some of J.D. Salinger's early and unpublished stories are available on line. I haven't read them, but sometimes I suspect that some stories remain in the drawer for a reason.
The Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien was published earlier this year. The average reader probably doesn't know O'Brien well, which is lamentable as his quirky works are a lot of fun. The editors of the Short Fiction have a list at Publishers Weekly of some of the works that wouldn't exist without Mr. O'Brien.
And speaking of the obscure, another list from Flavorwire featured ten works that time has forgotten. To be honest, some of these I've never heard of but my curiosity has been piqued.
Here's an interesting article of minor literary history. It seems Dorothy Parker published a story in the New Yorker entitled Lolita, three weeks before Nabokov novel was published in Paris. Parker's story had a middle-aged man, a young bride and jealous mother in it. Here is the background.
I do admire the authors of children's literature. I wouldn't have the first idea of where to begin. But as MentalFloss shows, many of the classic tales come from the bed-time story telling time.
Finally for all you Michael Connelly fans, Harry Bosch will be coming, it seems,to the silver screen of your TV machine with Titus Welliver playing Harry.
So a great weekend, everyone! If you go out shopping, don't forget your local independent bookstore. And don't forget to let us know what you're reading!