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Dear Customers,

The bookstore will be closed for our annual inventory on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January.

As a result, orders placed online between the 28th and the 31st will be slightly delayed.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]speareandcompany.com

Thank you for your understanding 

Chers clients,

La librairie sera fermée pour notre inventaire annuel les lundi 30 et mardi 31 janvier.

En conséquence, toutes les commandes passées en ligne entre le 28 et le 31 seront retardées.

Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas à nous écrire sur [email protected]

Merci pour votre compréhension


Independent Bookstore

Events & Podcasts


Bloomcast Holiday Special

This December—six months after saying goodbye—Bloomcast is back for a Holiday Special! Join Alice, Lex and Adam as they answer your questions, play games, tease each other, drink (tea, whiskey, Gimber) and leap off Forty Foot and into Ulysses one more (one last?) time…

Sarah Churchwell on Gone with the Wind, January 6th, and the Lies America Tells

The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells provides a powerful critique of the book and film, and an excoriating analysis of how it has shaped the way Americans understand their country, rewrite their history, and excuse their crimes.


Hunchback of Notre-Dame Special!

To celebrate the launch of our exclusive S&Co edition of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame—as well as a limited-edition gift bundle featuring a signed print of the beautiful cover art—Adam is joined by Krista Halverson, S&Co Publishing Director, and artist Neil Gower, to discuss this extraordinary classic of French literature.

Tom Mustill on How to Speak Whale

How to Speak Whale is an investigation into the possibility, or otherwise, of human cetacean dialogue. It looks into the history of our relationship with these creatures—in some important ways so similar to us, in others, so profoundly different. It lays out our various attempts to interpret their song, and looks at how big data, combined with an open source philosophy might allow us to create a “Google Translate for animals”.


Books

Ulysses

Ulysses
27.00 €


Yearly subscription

Year of Reading

Shakespeare and Company Year of Reading


Rare Books

The boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band
150.00 €


Gifts & Merch

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Bundle

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Bundle

“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”

― James Joyce, Ulysses

Our Merch


Gifts & Merch

Limited Edition Navy Facade Tote

Dark Façade Tote Bag
16.00 €


Gifts & Merch

Shakespeare and Company Oscar Wilde Notebook

Shakespeare and Company Oscar Wilde Notebook

January 2023 new titles


January new titles

The Birthday Party
The Hero of This Book
Nothing is Lost
21.00 €
The Strange Egg
14.00 €
Black Paper
14.00 €
Parisian Days
23.00 €
The Aristocracy of Talent
Maus Now
Really Good, Actually
Dirty Work
16.00 €
Was It for This
18.00 €
Sonnets
16.00 €

Our gift ideas selection


Our gifts selection

The Little Prince
A Ballet of Lepers
27.00 €
Healing Through Words
23.00 €
A Book of Days
34.00 €
Wild Card
21.00 €
The Philosophy of Modern Song

Our signed books selection


Signed Books

I Fear My Pain Interests You : A Novel
The Candy House
19.00 €
Firekeeper's Daughter
Désert Dévorant
125.00 €
Autograph Letter Signed

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Friends of...

Shakespeare and Company

is a nonprofit—created in response to the pandemic and its financial consequences—to support the bookshop’s noncommercial activities, including our free author events, first-floor library, weekly podcast, and writers’ rooms, with views on Notre-Dame, where more than 30,000 poets and authors have stayed the night gratis in Paris since 1951.

Events


23 September 2022 - 1:00 PM
23 September 2022

Join us at Festival America from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September, where Shakespeare and Company will have a pop-up store in the Salon du Livre.
Find out more on the festival website.
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16 June 2022 - 2:00 PM
16 June 2022

We celebrated the centenary of Ulysses with an afternoon at Shakespeare and Company on Thursday June 16th.
To listen to Friends of Shakespeare and Company read Ulysses by James Joyce, click here, or subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.
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Due to ongoing building works we are not currently hosting events. We hope to resume in 2023, and can't wait to see you all then!

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Podcasts


Bloomcast Holiday Special

This December—six months after saying goodbye—Bloomcast is back for a Holiday Special! Join Alice, Lex and Adam as they answer your questions, play games, tease each other, drink (tea, whiskey, Gimber) and leap off Forty Foot and into Ulysses one more (one last?) time…

Sarah Churchwell on Gone with the Wind, January 6th, and the Lies America Tells

The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells provides a powerful critique of the book and film, and an excoriating analysis of how it has shaped the way Americans understand their country, rewrite their history, and excuse their crimes.


Hunchback of Notre-Dame Special!

To celebrate the launch of our exclusive S&Co edition of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame—as well as a limited-edition gift bundle featuring a signed print of the beautiful cover art—Adam is joined by Krista Halverson, S&Co Publishing Director, and artist Neil Gower, to discuss this extraordinary classic of French literature.

History

“I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations.”
George Whitman

Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart

A Brief History of a Parisian Bookstore

Shakespeare and Company is an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame. Since opening in 1951, it’s been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers, becoming a Left Bank literary institution.

The bookshop was founded by American George Whitman at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Kilometer Zero, the point at which all French roads begin. Constructed in the early 17th century, the building was originally a monastery, La Maison du Mustier. George liked to pretend he was the sole surviving monk, saying, “In the Middle Ages, each monastery had a frère lampier, a monk whose duty was to light the lamps at nightfall. I’m the frère lampier here now. It’s the modest role I play.”

When the store first opened, it was called Le Mistral. George changed it to the present name in April 1964—on the four-hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth—in honor of a bookseller he admired, Sylvia Beach, who’d founded the original Shakespeare and Company in 1919. Her store at 12 rue de l’Odéon was a gathering place for the great expat writers of the time—Joyce, Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound—as well as for leading French writers.

Through his bookstore, George Whitman endeavored to carry on the spirit of Beach’s shop, and it quickly became a center for expat literary life in Paris. Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Anaïs Nin, Richard Wright, William Styron, Julio Cortázar, Henry Miller, William Saroyan, Lawrence Durrell, James Jones, and James Baldwin were among early visitors to the shop.

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