Latin Quarter/St. Germaine des Pres:
Shakespeare and Company:
George Whitman wrote:
"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 imagination."
SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY... an English language bookstore
in the heart of Paris, is meeting place for both writers and readers.
Even today, writers have free lodging in rooms above the main store where they map out and put finishing touches on their manuscripts. Many work within the bookstore.
Patrons love the narrow walkways of its interior where sidewalls
and shelves are unevenly stacked with books, each inviting perspective buyers to touch, open, see, sense the word treasures that lie inside. It is the perfect place today to pick up novels by James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and others.
At checkout, be sure to ask them to stamp the interior of the book.
Their stamp reads:
SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY
KILOMETER ZERO PARIS.
Books make great souvenirs for yourself and others.