Shakespeare & Company Bookstore


Text by Philippa Brangam, photo courtesy of Christina Douzmanian

Henry Miller aptly described Shakespeare & Co as a Wonderland of books. On stepping through the door out of the hustle and bustle of the busy Latin Quarter it is easy to see what he meant. The piles of books over two floors almost insulate the outside noise from coming through, and provide a literary sanctuary. The manner in which a particular book may catch your eye seems to come from an almost cosmic destiny. Many a love affair between author and reader has begun inside these walls. Here books are king. Painted over the doorway at the top of the staircase is the slogan ‘Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise’. For those who have visited will know that Shakespeare & Co is much more than just a bookshop, it is an institution which has been upheld for almost a hundred years. 

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0fr. Librarie, galerie... criminally left off our 20 art bookstore list.

At least that's what they said:

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Date: 2009/3/18
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For your information 0fr is one of the best boostore in Paris (Fashion, photo, graphism design, interior design and more than 200 magazines like self service, frame, id ...)
Hope you come to visit us
kinds regards

0fr 20 rue Dupetit-Thouars 75003 Paris

And we agree, it is at least the fourth best art bookstore in the 3eme.

20 Art Bookstores

Medium_artazart 1. Artazart, 10e
2. Librairie des Archives, 3e
3. Artcurial, 8e
4. Iconofolio / Le Livre d’art, 12e
5. Art et Littérature, 14e
6. Librairie Ambiphoque, 5e
7. Courant d’Art, 6e
8. Bookstorming, 3e
9. La Hune, 6e
10. Violette & Co, 11e
11. Les Mots à la bouche, 4e
12. Assouline, 6th
13. Librairie Flammarion Centre (in the Centre Pompidou), 4e
14. Librairie du Palais de Tokyo, 16e
15. La Monté en l’air, 20e
16. Jean Touzot Librairie Internationale, 6e
17. Librairie Leks, 1er
18. Librairie Olivier de Serres, 15e
19. Librairie Fischbacher, 6e
20. Yellow Korner 3e

Photo features Artazart off the Quai de Jemmapes and Canal St Martin,

Kitchen 93

684067364_7fdca26ba9 This publishing house prints high quality books essential to the urban art scene. They also hold an exhibition space dedicated to photography, graffiti, and graphic arts. The Kitchen 93 gallery has featured artists such as Scien and Klor from 123 Klan, Gilbert and Luis, and le 9e Concept.

Check out the Kitchen 93 site for upcoming exhibitions and publications. We recommend their book "Une Nuit" that binds dozens of photographed graffs initially posted on billboards and street signs.

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Paris BD Shop Profile: Librairie Super Héros

Adrian K Sanders writing for I V Y paris


There may not be a better place to buy bande dessinée in Paris than Librarie Super Héros. It is situated smack dab in the middle of the city (about 30 meters north of Centre Pompidou) on Rue St. Martin.

Easy to get to and super friendly, Librarie Super Heros boasts one of the larger (and better organized) collections of alternative, import and quality BD. Like many book and BD shops, Librarie Super Héros has a staff selection, called Les coups de coeur, but unlike many book and BD shops, these selections feel personal and don't feel like push new releases or old stock.

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Shakespeare and Co. Announce Lineup of 2008 Literary Festival

Shakespeare In cooperation with Shakespeare and Company, FestivalandCo is pleased to announce its third literary festival, "Real Lives:Exploring Memoir and Biography".

This year's theme is inspired by the increasing popularity of memoirs and biographies and by the questions these genres never fail to provoke, namely: Where is the frontier between fact and fiction, truth and interpretation? How does one construct a perspective without constructing a 'lie'?

The internationally acclaimed author line-up for this year's festival includes Paul Auster, John Baxter, Alain de Botton, Veronica Buckley, Carolyn Burke, Jung Chang, Susannah Clapp, Béatrice Commengé, Rachel Cusk, Antonia Fraser, Victoria Glendinning, Richard E. Grant, A.C. Grayling, Anton Gill, A.M. Homes, Alistair Horne, Siri Hustvedt, Ian Jack, Tété-Michel Kpomassie, Hermione Lee, Daniel Mendelsohn, Catherine Millet, Amélie Nothomb, Darryl Pinckney, Marjane Satrapi, André Schiffrin, Diana Souhami, and Jeanette Winterson.

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Shakespeare and Company, recommendations and upcoming readings for April

Shakespeare_2 George Whitman and Sylvia Beach Whitman photograph by Pascal Gely.

Owned and operated by the Whitman family since 1951, the Parisian institution Shakespeare and Company has been providing Anglophones a literary haven for decades. At 91 years of age, owner and founder George Whitman still keeps an eye on the shop with his daughter Sylvia Beach Whitman.

The shop is packed with books in every corner, nook and cranny. In addition to a great selection, they have monthly readings and the line up is very impressive.

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La Belle Hortense - Alcohol and Intellectualism

Belle_hortense This is one of the best bars in the Marais and famously the place where Catherine Millet's "La Vie Sexuelle de Catherine M" was launched.  Combining books (it's a librairie) and wine is a great french combination if you ask me, plus there is a little gallery in the intimate lounge at the rear of the premises.   Just the place to meet an old flame....or pick up a new one.   Books stocked include french literary classics and tomes on art, psychoanalysis, history and culture.

La Belle Hortense
31 rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris

The Paris Writers Workshop July 2008 - A New Era!

Deco_a We are delighted to announce a new era for the Paris Writers Workshop, France’s oldest continuing creative writing event.  The brand new expanded ten-day program of Master Classes, Workshops, readings, signings, and face-to-face consultations with major agents and publishers will be a treat for the participants and the Workshop also inaugurates an annual $5000 prize for a work of fiction by a writer who has not previously had book publication......

This year’s faculty includes Nuala O’Faolain, Nahid Rachlin, Vijay Seshadri, Cole Swensen, Catherine Texier, Susan Tiberghien, Ann Snodgrass, Patrick McGilligan, Kevin Jackson and Karen Weir-Jimerson.  Jonathan Lloyd, CEO of the world-wide Curtis Brown Literary Agency, and Patrick Janson-Smith, London-based agent and former publisher of Doubleday/Transworld, will be special guests and available for private consultations with those looking to be published.  Sidebar events will include daily readings performances and Literary Walks. 

I must admit I'm most excited about the "Surrealist Dinner" the winner of the inaugural $5000 Paris Prize for First Fiction will be announced.  Maybe the Isabella Blow-esque lobster hat can have an outing!

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La Musardine

  Paris' erotic bookstore is just the thing if you feel like some titillation. It's all here: essays, novels, bande dessinée (French comic strips) and nude and erotic photography, (both gay and straight versions).

La Musardine
122 rue du Chemin-Vert

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