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Dear customers, 

To receive your order for Christmas, please order before the following dates

- November 16 for Deutsche Post
- December 12 for Colissimo / DHL
- December 15 for Click and Collect

Books listed on the website are not necessarily available in store.

Chers clients,

Pour recevoir votre commande pour Noël, merci de commander avant les dates suivantes :

- le 16 Novembre pour Deutsche Post
- le 12 Décembre pour Colissimo/DHL
- le 15 Décembre pour les Click and Collect

Les livres présents sur le site ne sont pas forcément disponibles en boutique.


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Events & Podcasts


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”.

Coco Mellors on Cleopatra and Frankenstein

This week we were joined in the writer’s studio by Coco Mellors, author of one of our biggest selling novels of the year, Cleopatra and Frankenstein.

It’s the story of a woman and a man—Cleo and Frank—who meet in New York on New Year’s Eve 2006, who fall in love despite—or perhaps because of—their very many differences, and whose marriage within months causes not only an earthquake in their own lives, but also sends disruptive aftershocks out into the lives of their friends and families. All of which makes Cleopatra and Frankenstein one of the most devilishly readable debuts of the year.


Billy-Ray Belcourt on A Minor Chorus

On Writing the Queer, Indigenous Experience with Billy-Ray Belcourt

This week we welcome celebrated poet Billy-Ray Belcourt to discuss his innovative and moving debut novel A Minor Chorus.


Jonathan Coe on Bournville

Bournville, Jonathan Coe’s latest novel, ostensibly follows the life of Mary Lamb (née Clarke) from VE Day 1945, when she was a precocious young pianist, to the darkest depths of the recent pandemic, stopping off at some of the events that helped define (and redefine) Britain over the last seven decades. As we hop from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, to the 1966 World Cup, through jubilees and the death of Princess Diana, we live not only alongside Mary, but also her parents, her husband, her children and grandchildren, (and in a wider sense the British people as a whole) seeing these events through their eyes, and feeling their sense of excitement or despair at the changes and upheavals in their world.


Books

Ulysses

Ulysses
27.00 €


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Year of Reading

Shakespeare and Company Year of Reading


Rare Books

Images à la Sauvette

Images à la Sauvette


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

November 2022 new titles


New titles 2022

Saha
21.00 €
Stella Maris
21.00 €
Alone With You in the Ether
Number One Is Walking
The Light We Carry
A Book of Days
34.00 €
How to Stand Up to a Dictator
Aliss at the Fire
16.00 €
Weasels in the Attic
Seven Empty Houses
December Breeze
21.00 €
Humor
16.00 €
Idol, Burning
21.00 €
Scattered Showers
23.00 €
The Philosophy of Modern Song
Surrender
34.00 €
A Private Spy
26.00 €
A Guest at the Feast
23.00 €

Our gift ideas selection


Our gifts selection

The Little Prince
The Story of Art without Men
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
Photographs
350.00 €
Outline
150.00 €
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


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”.

Coco Mellors on Cleopatra and Frankenstein

This week we were joined in the writer’s studio by Coco Mellors, author of one of our biggest selling novels of the year, Cleopatra and Frankenstein.

It’s the story of a woman and a man—Cleo and Frank—who meet in New York on New Year’s Eve 2006, who fall in love despite—or perhaps because of—their very many differences, and whose marriage within months causes not only an earthquake in their own lives, but also sends disruptive aftershocks out into the lives of their friends and families. All of which makes Cleopatra and Frankenstein one of the most devilishly readable debuts of the year.


Billy-Ray Belcourt on A Minor Chorus

On Writing the Queer, Indigenous Experience with Billy-Ray Belcourt

This week we welcome celebrated poet Billy-Ray Belcourt to discuss his innovative and moving debut novel A Minor Chorus.


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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