Archive for War and Peace

The Book Booth: Groundhog Day 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.  It is written by @SeattleDan and SeattleTammy, operators of an on-line bookstore (which you can find here) , who have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Groundhog Day Edition

Yes, once again it is time for the large rodent in Pennsylvania to let us know if we have six more weeks of winter coming, or if we'll have an early spring. It's all "grounded" in science, of course, and we all should pay great attention. Or end up like Bill Murray in the movie and have to do it over and over again.

Do you want to read classic literature but, you know, those pesky words get in the way? Well, the folks at MentalFloss have the solution! Yes, you can now get these posters of Alice, Peter Pan and Huck Finn that do away with verbiage and go straight to the punctuation marks!
Simplified Classics (No Words!)

I'm sure some of you have manuscripts laying about the desk, that you know are sure-fire bestsellers and monuments to Literature. Get those pages out! But before you do, review these mistakes many, many writers make before their submissions.
Beginning Writers' Mistakes

Of course some novice writers are prone to over-writing. Or working with a blind editor. Here are fifty over-wrought sentences from a new novel, published by a company known for quality, that, well, are not going to make Proust or Joyce sweat.
Overwritten Sentences

To cleanse the palate, here are some quotes on writing from Virginia Woolf. We celebrated the 134th anniversary of her birth this past week.
Virginia Woolf on Writing

Now this new production of War and Peace looks intriguing. It is produced by Harvey Weinstein, who has done much quality filmmaking. I've never seen the Soviet-era production, which is supposed to be great, but the American one from the fifties, although noble in attempt, had lots of problems, including the casting of Henry Fonda as Pierre when he was about twenty years too old for the part.
War and Peace Casting

It's the end of the month, and time to restock on books! Go visit your local independent bookstore. But failing that, you can read some great books set in bookstores! HuffPo has a list that you'll want to check out.
Great Books Set in Bookstores

Have a great weekend, filled with words and punctuation marks and please let us know what delightful books you are enjoying this weekend.


The Book Booth: December Is Here 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: December is Here Edition

Yes, the leaves have fallen for the most part. In fact at my computer station, usually nicely shaded by Magnolia leaves, is now aglow with sunlight that pierces my eyes on sunny days. Who knew I'd need shades to play on the internets?

And it is holiday shopping season. Christmas music is ubiquitous in all the stores and we can only hope we can make it through the month without hearing Frosty the Snowman over and over again. But it is easy enough to get over the holiday blahs with some good books. Bustle recommended these Christmas stories to help inspire a good Yule.
Yule Stories

Small Business Saturday has come and gone. I hope you were able to visit one or more of your local independent businesses. President Obama did his part, patronizing Upshur Street Books in DC with his daughters and buying an armload of books.
A Literate World Leader: President Obama's Christmas Shopping List

If you've been waiting to do shopping for yourself or others, you might want to consider these titles that Buzzfeed recommends as good December reading. The Gold Eaters by Ronald Wright has piqued my interest. And Isabel Allende is a fine writer.
More Great Books to Read This December

The latest craze has been adult coloring books. There is something meditative and pleasant about coloring. Except if you worry too much about going outside the lines. Or if you are a man who worries about indulging in childish pursuits. Good fortune, though, there are coloring books for men!
Adult Coloring Books (Yes, You Read That Right!)

Well, there is a bit of controversy over the new BBC production of War and Peace. I've read the book, albeit some time ago, and I just don't remember this part.
The BBC Rewrites Tolstoy?

About 99% of all writers, especially those who are young, cannot support themselves by writing alone. Those day jobs are important to keep going. Here is what some writers did for a living before becoming famous. H/T to Lucian for the link.
How Authors Kept Body and Soul Together While Writing Masterpieces

Ancient Rome has long been a source of fascination to me. It was the area of history I concentrated on in college and I enjoy whatever novels or histories that come along. Here NPR has interviewed Cambridge Classics professor, Mary Beard, about her new history SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. And like her, I really loved I, Claudius.
Interview with Cambridge Classics Professor & Author Mary Beard

Hoping that you are enjoying the season! Please let us know what books you are enjoying and what books you plan to give as gifts!