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 here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
It seems everyone is taking the Ice Bucket challenge and it is certainly for a worthy cause. Why even certain authors are participating... Ice Bucket Authors
An ice bucket may have been more appropriate for King's protagonist in The Shining, Jack Torrance. That novel and several other good ones are featured in Mark Watson's list of great novels with hotel settings. Not listed is Vicki Baum's Grand Hotel, published back in the late twenties. How soon they forget. Hotel Novels
The World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon3) was held last week and by all accounts, it was well attended and enjoyable. During the conference, the Hugo Awards were announced and you can view the winners here. SciFi Winners
Also announced at the Convention, and good new for fans of The Time Traveler's Wife, is that the author Audrey Niffenegger will be writing a sequel. The Bookseller has the news. Sequel
The Italian novelist Italo Calvino was known for his stories of whimsy and the fantastic, and very well worth reading today. Here he offered fourteen reasons why one should read the classics.
For the fantastic, look no further than Susan Hoerth's book sculptures! Here fairy tale characters jump out from their texts. Book Sculptures
There are defenders of "the canon" who absolutely hate Harry Potter. Well, screw 'em. The novels will hold up, in my opinion, for a very long time and be enjoyed immensely for young adults (as well as old adults). And the influence of the series cannot be denied. Here is an analysis on how the books have affected the Millennials from the New Statesman, with a h/t to our friend Lucian. Harry Potter's Influence on the Real World
So you've written your novel and it has been published and lo, and behold, your publisher thinks so highly of the work that you are off on a book tour to help promote sales. Sounds like fun, doesnt' it? Novelist Lesley Kagan begs to differ. Book Tour Stories
Here's another article by Laura Miller at Salon about the Amazon/Hachette contremps that continues unabated. This one is particularly good as it gives a good context for what is happening. Amazon & Hachette: Still Duking it Out
And you know me. Please patronize your local independent bookstore. Tom Roberge of New Directions publishers gives some very compelling reasons for doing so. Why You Should Buy Your Books from your Local Independent Bookstore.
I hope your ice buckets are chilling some favorite drink of yours this weekend, and that is near where ever it is you happen to be reading. And do tell us what book that might be! Happy Weekend everyone.