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Wednesday 3rd September 7:00pm

lucky usWe're delighted to kick off our autumn season of events with the wonderful Amy Bloom, who will be discussing her dazzling new novel, Lucky Us.

When Eva's mother abandons her on Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common - except, they soon discover, a father. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Iris and Eva become one another's family. Iris wants to be a movie star; Eva is her sidekick. Together, they journey across 1940s America from scandal in Hollywood to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island, stumbling, cheating and loving their way through a landscape of war, betrayals and big dreams.

Amy Bloom is the author of three collections of stories, Come to Me, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and Where the God of Love Hangs Out, and two novels, Away and Love Invents Us. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

Monday 8th September 7:00pm

snowdenIn partnership with the international  literature festival Berlin, Shakespeare and Company is proud to be hosting the Paris edition of the Worldwide Reading in Support of Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden, taking place internationally on Monday 8th September.

On 6th June 2013, the Guardian published the first of a long series of articles exposing the extent of mass surveillance being conducted by states and corporations worldwide, in particular the American National Security Agency (NSA) and British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Edward Snowden alone was responsible for disclosing these shocking violations to the public. A former employee of the NSA, Snowden had become increasingly disillusioned and alarmed by the scope of surveillance and the illegal methods being used. Unsuccessful attempts to influence the system from within pushed Snowden to take the only other route available to call attention to these infractions: whistleblowing. Knowing he might never again see his friends, family, or country, Edward Snowden left his life and all comforts behind in the United States, carrying with him nothing except for four laptops containing some of the National Security Agency’s most highly classified secrets.

These leaks were shared with the world through careful collaboration with responsible newspapers. They have sparked a long overdue global debate about democracy and human rights in the digital age. As a result, governments around the world are increasingly being forced to review their own surveillance systems and, in some cases, acknowledge their complicity with the NSA.

Edward Snowden disclosed his identity soon after the first leaks were published because he wanted to protect anyone else from being implicated. He said: “I have no intention of hiding who I am, because I know I have done nothing wrong.”

This worldwide reading calls on the United States Government to recognize that Edward Snowden's revelations are of essential importance for the safeguarding of democracy in the digital age, and thus that his actions must be seen to be covered by the Universal Unwritten Rule of the Ethical Right. Washington should therefore immediately lift all legal charges and complaints against Snowden, so that he can return home safely as a free man. It also demands that the Member States of the European Union, in recognition of the importance of his revelations, immediately grant Edward Snowden asylum in the EU, for as long as he may need it and at least until the US Government has lifted all charges against him. Finally, it asks that the Nobel Committee consider Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his amazing, selfless service towards democracy, freedom, and peace for all of us.

The Paris reading will be performed by writer and scholar Marina Warner.

The international literature festival Berlin website: http://www.literaturfestival.com/

Wednesday 10th September 3:00pm

kate stablesChildren’s Hour—music, rhythm, and stories for kids. Bring your children (2-6 year-olds, siblings welcome too) to the library at Shakespeare and Company for an hour of music, songs, and stories in English (for all nationalities, even those who don't speak English). Led by the magic Kate Stables, mum and singer/songwriter from This is the Kit, this lovely event has become an institution. There will be instruments to play and a lot of noise to make! Four euros donation appreciated.

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you try and email Kate at katestables@gmail.com to confirm your place, and also that each child is accompanied by only one adult where possible. Thanks, all!

Thursday 18th September 6:00pm

movThe Bard-en-Seine Readings

Throughout 2014, in honour of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, we’re hosting the Bard-en-Seine Readings. The goal is simple: to revisit and celebrate some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays. So, once a month, we will be hosting informal read-throughs in the library, which will be recorded and sent out as podcasts in this very newsletter.

For September, the play will be The Merchant of Venice and the reading will take place on Thursday 18th at 6pm, in the library.

If you’d like to take part, please email Milly Unwin at milly@shakespeareandcompany.com, and tell her whether you’d prefer a larger or a smaller role. Parts will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and we’ll let you know a week in advance of the reading whether you have a role. No preparation necessary, and we’ll provide the scripts. Please note that, due to space restrictions, the Bard-en-Seine Readings will only be open to those taking part.

The allocated plays for each remaining month of 2014 are as follows:

October – Hamlet

November – Twelfth Night

December – Anthony and Cleopatra

Please check the newsletter and website each month for dates and times, and details of how to apply.

Monday 22nd September 7:00pm

pureWe’re very excited to announce Andrew Miller will be joining us to discuss his brilliant, Paris-based novel, Pure.

* The 2011 Costa Book of the Year *

Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

“Pure is a near-faultless thing: detailed, symbolic and richly evocative of a time, place and man in dangerous flux. It is brilliance distilled, with very few impurities.”—The Telegraph

Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. His first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. He has since written five novels: Casanova, Oxygen, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, The Optimists, One Morning Like a Bird, and Pure.

In collaboration with Piranha editions.

Wednesday 24th September 3:00pm

kate stablesChildren’s Hour—music, rhythm, and stories for kids. Bring your children (2-6 year-olds, siblings welcome too) to the library at Shakespeare and Company for an hour of music, songs, and stories in English (for all nationalities, even those who don't speak English). Led by the magic Kate Stables, mum and singer/songwriter from This is the Kit, this lovely event has become an institution. There will be instruments to play and a lot of noise to make! Four euros donation appreciated.

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you try and email Kate at katestables@gmail.com to confirm your place, and also that each child is accompanied by only one adult where possible. Thanks, all!

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