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 looks to be a clear summer night in our little town this weekend, and we should be able to see the glorious moonlight this evening as it traverses our southern sky. There is something about a full moon that satisfies the soul. Almost like reading a good book...
It's still two months away from the Nobel Prize announcements, but checking the odds, Haruki Murakami is once again the favorite. (If you are the wagering kind, you'll find the odds here
Murakami's previous novel IQ84 is a huge, ambitious work, but his new work is shorter, and has this appreciation from Laura Miller at Salon. Murakami.
If your curiosity is piqued but want to know more about Murakami's work, check out this summary by Matthew Stretcher at Publishers Weekly of his favorite novels from the author. Murakami novels.
It seems that this year is the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The Guardian offers up this quiz in order to see how much you really know about Tolkien and his magnum opus.
From the department of the creepy, comes this article from BoingBoing regarding William Burroughs and his, umm, er, distaste for centipedes. Caution, it is illustrated. William Burroughs
And H/T to my friend and author Ray Vukcevich, writer of short stories and general whimsy. You can see Ray's webpage here.
Even creepier, though, is this new jacket design for Penguin Classics release of Roald Dahl's Charley and the Chocolate Factory. I mean, huh?
From the files of history department comes a review of this interesting book on the birth of modernist painting in Paris, Sue Roe's In Montmarte:Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris 1900-1910. with another H/T to our friend Lucian!
Now I didn't know this. Many long-term booksellers have taken the seminar offered by the American Bookseller Association. I did, many full moons ago. And it seems that Amazon Chairman of the Board, Jeff Bezos did as well.
Though I don't think we attended together. I'd probably have remembered that. American Bookseller Association Seminar
I do know that I am not the hippest guy around when it comes to social media. And although I know of Tumblr, I have not used it. Perhaps I should.
For Anne Rice fans, who thought that the lamentable Queen of the Damned would be the last film version from her Vampire Chronicles, take heart! More movies may get made!
Finally as we close this weeks post, comes a quiz from MentalFloss. Can you guess what these author's previous line of work was? I couldn't, scoring a dismal 10%.
A most pleasant weekend for you all, with many books. And please let us know what works you are loving!