In a Bookstore in Paris

by Rachel Baker on October 22, 2014

Vanity Fair has a wonderful article about the most famous indie bookstore in the world – Shakespeare and Company, which is located in Paris. The bookstore is sixty-three years old and run by the daughter of the original owner.

The article is long, but worth the read as the conversations range from the history of the store and owners to authors to the state of the book industry and Amazon’s role. I hope that if I ever get to Paris, I’ll have the opportunity to take a trip to Shakespeare and Company to walk the aisles of this renowned bookstore.

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Perhaps the most famous independent bookstore in the world, Shakespeare and Company can feel like something of a literary utopia, where money takes a backseat and generations of writers—Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, William Styron, Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, among others—have found a Paris home. Chronicling the life of its late owner, the eccentric, irascible, and visionary George Whitman, Bruce Handy meets Shakespeare’s greatest asset in the age of Amazon: Whitman’s daughter, Sylvia.

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