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The Book Booth: Black Friday Edition


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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.

The Book Booth: Black Friday Edition

Here's hoping you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday, and that you survived the Black Friday sales at your local shopping mall. What I actually hope is that you skipped Black Friday all together and are enjoying some holiday shopping at your locally owned business. It is, after all, Small Business Saturday today.

Of some interest this past week, we find that since the terrorist attacks in France two weeks ago, the sales of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast have sky-rocketed, especially in its French translation. Which makes some sense inasmuch as it is a late life love letter to the fabled city.
Hemingway's Paris - A Moveable Feast - Sales Soar

From our end of the year lists Department comes this from BookRiot. These are the best literary Ted Talks from 2015. I enjoy a good Ted Talk when I find one and these are pretty darn good.
Literary Ted Talks

But nothing beats the Muppets when it comes to literature.
Sesame Street's Best Literary Moments

As NPR points out, it has been an event-filled year for Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the non-fiction award last week from the National Book Foundation. Here is an illuminating interview with him about his life and work.
Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview

Unless one is writing out-and-out pornography, sex is one of the more difficult topics to write well about in fiction. Noy Holland, whose most recent novel is titled Bird, discusses sex in fiction.
Sex in Fiction

From time to time here, I've pointed out recent discoveries of famous author's lost works. Some belong lost. Others remain of some interest. Well, it seems that a lost play by William Faulkner has been found. It is a comedy called Twixt Cup and Lip and was written soon after the Great War. The Washington Post has the story.
A Newly-Discovered Play by William Faulkner

Book dedications are usually mundane salutes to wives, moms, dads, best friends. But some are a bit more. Distractify has come up with some pretty lively ones here. I especially like the one made to Colin Firth. And thanks to our friend Caleb for sharing the link.
Badass Book Dedications

And when the next Black Friday comes, what will you do? Steely Dan has it covered for you here
Steely Dan

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend. Please do support your local businesses today. And do let us know what book has you in its thralls.


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