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The Paris Bookseller

by Kerri Maher

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Another novel based on a true story, this one set in Paris at the iconic Shakespeare and Company bookstore.

When bookish young American Sylvia Beach – with the coaxing and support of French bookseller Adrienne Monnier – opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself.

Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending library: Many of the most prominent writers of the Lost Generation, like Ernest Hemingway, consider it a second home. It’s where some of the most important literary friendships of the twentieth century are forged—none more so than the one between Irish writer James Joyce and Sylvia herself. When Joyce’s controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Beach takes a massive risk and publishes it under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company.

Sylvia had no idea back in 1919 what was in store for her through the bookshop – friendship, famous authors, a great love affair, financial commitments, war-time threats but most of all books.  Please watch this extraordinary interview, filmed in 1962, with Sylvia Beach herself chatting about her bookshop.

A fine tribute to a tireless and selfless champion of literary genius. – Kirkus Review

A love letter to books and book lovers everywhere – Kate Quinn

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