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.
A Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there and fond remembrances for those who have left us. I hope you all enjoy a fine day of being treated to some of the nicer things in life. And speaking of Dads, the Christian Science Monitor featured some memorable fathers in literature. It's a good list, and I wholeheartedly recommend Richard Russo's Empire Falls which you'll find on the list here.
If you're still looking for a book gift for Dad, and he happens to be the rugged type, he may just enjoy Ernest Hemingway. Nancy Sindelar, who recently published a book on Papa's influences, posted this list of the best of his work and I would rank the books pretty much as she has. Including the rather high ranking for To Have and Have Not, which is usually dismissed as important.
Powells Books in Portland, Oregon, has a high profile already in our business. And it deserves it, being both huge and good in its selection of titles. And it remains an independent. Well, it turns out they have a big fan in the person of Stephen Colbert, no less.
This week we have not one, but two different quizzes on matching the title to the book jacket. The first, from The Guardian, isn't so daunting.
This quiz, from Publishers Weekly, however, is tough. Good luck to you, if you are playing along at home. Quiz.
We now have a new US Poet Laureate! Charles Wright is well-deserving of the post and the honor. The New York Times had this appreciation of his career. Charles Wright
Former poet laureate Donald Hall is now 86 and not writing much these days. He has a lifetime of fine poetry and books about baseball behind him. But he was moved to write a short poem about US Senate candidate Scott Brown. And it seems Donald Hall has little use for the man.
I've always thought poems should be read aloud. They are written for the ear and not the eye. So in that regard, The Guardian has a list of its favorite recordings of poems read aloud by their authors. And I did not know that Tennyson lived long enough to be recorded. How very cool.
Do you have trouble keeping literary movements straight? Have no fear, MentalFloss has found a way to explain all those realisms and other isms here for you. Literary movements.
Lucian was kind enough to pass along this article to me and I like it. It sums up my attitude about reading, readers and books. Don't listen to those who would have you read only books on the canon. Read whatever you want and the rest be damned. From Jezebel
A Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. And happy reading. Tell us what you are currently loving!