The first time I visited Paris, in 2010, I went first thing to Shakespeare and Company. I loved all the shelves, and the rooms, and the nooks and crannies. It was hard to get me to leave this shop. This is a photo from that visit, with me on the right and my two nieces on the left. I have visited Shakespeare and Company three times now, one each time I've come to Paris.
I always spend time at Les Bouquinistes, the enormous open-air booksellers along the Seine.
I met up with Louise on my first trip to Paris. We visited a few French bookstores in Paris.
On my trip last winter, I was surprised to see a woman carrying books out of her apartment and leaving them on the bench near the street. What was the story there? She even had a French-English dictionary in the pile. Was she giving up on Paris?
I spent an afternoon when I was in Paris last winter exploring English-language bookstores.
My first stop was The Abbey Bookshop. It is owned by a former Canadian (note the flags). The Abbey Bookshop is located on Rue de la Parcheminerie, originally named Rue des Escrivains for the scribes and scriveners who were important to the book profession before they were replaced by parchmentmakers in the late Middle Ages.
I wasn't surprised to learn that it was a bit of a jumble; all good used bookstores are a bit of a jumble.
I didn't take a picture of the front of the second shop I visited. It was a jumble, too.
The third stop was the San Francisco Book Company. I was on the hunt for English versions of French children's classics. There were not any children's books (that I saw) there; this store seemed to stock mainly books about politics.
I did an entire post on this bookstore: A Visit to the Red Wheelbarrow in Paris.
I never did find the children's books I was looking for. Oh well. Next time.
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