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A Biography of a Bookstore – Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart – by Krista Halverson (Editor) – Sylvia Whitman (Afterword) – Jeannette Winterson (Foreword)
A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversary.
For almost 70 years, Shakespeare and Company has been a home-away-from-home for celebrated writers—including James Baldwin, Jorge Luis Borges, A. M. Homes, and Dave Eggers—as well as for young, aspiring authors and poets. Visitors are invited to read in the library, share a pot of tea, and sometimes even live in the shop itself, sleeping in beds tucked among the towering shelves of books. Since 1951, more than 30,000 have slept at the “rag and bone shop of the heart.”
This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop–Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others–with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store’s founder, George Whitman. The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.
George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeting place for the Lost Generation and the first publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses. (This book includes an illustrated adaptation of Beach’s memoir.) Since Whitman picked up the mantle, Shakespeare and Company has served as a home-away-from-home for many celebrated writers, from Jorge Luis Borges to Ray Bradbury, A.M. Homes to Dave Eggers, as well as for young authors and poets. Visitors are invited not only to read the books in the library and to share a pot of tea, but sometimes also to live in the bookstore itself–all for free.
More than 30,000 people have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, fulfilling Whitman’s vision of a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore.” Through the prism of the shop’s history, the book traces the lives of literary expats in Paris from 1951 to the present, touching on the Beat Generation, civil rights, May ’68 and the feminist movement–all while pondering that perennial literary question, “What is it about writers and Paris?”
In this first-ever history of the bookstore, photographs and ephemera are woven together with personal essays, diary entries, and poems from writers including Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sylvia Beach, Nathan Englander, Dervla Murphy, Jeet Thayil, David Rakoff, Ian Rankin, Kate Tempest, and Ethan Hawke.
With hundreds of images, it features Tumbleweed autobiographies, precious historical documents, and beautiful photographs, including ones of such renowned guests as William Burroughs, Henry Miller, Langston Hughes, Alberto Moravia, Zadie Smith, Jimmy Page, and Marilynne Robinson.
Tracing more than 100 years in the French capital, the book touches on the Lost Generation and the Beats, the Cold War, May ’68, and the feminist movement—all while reflecting on the timeless allure of bohemian life in Paris.
Krista Halverson is the director of Shakespeare and Company bookstore’s publishing venture. Previously, she was the managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story, the art and literary quarterly published by Francis Ford Coppola, which has won several National Magazine Awards for Fiction and numerous design prizes. She was responsible for the magazine’s art direction, working with guest designers including Lou Reed, Kara Walker, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zaha Hadid, Wim Wenders and Tom Waits, among others.
Jeanette Winterson‘s first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published in 1985. In 1992 she was one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. She has won numerous awards and is published around the world. Her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, was an international bestseller. Her latest novel, The Gap of Time, is a “cover version” of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Sylvia Whitman is the owner of Shakespeare and Company bookstore, which her father opened in 1951. She took on management of the shop in 2004, when she was 23, and now co-manages the bookstore with her partner, David Delannet. Together they have opened an adjoining cafe, as well as launched a literary festival, a contest for unpublished novellas, and a publishing arm.
“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, founder
Drawing on a century’s worth of never-before-seen archives, this first history of the bookstore features more than 300 images and 70 editorial contributions from shop visitors such as Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Kate Tempest, and Ethan Hawke. With a foreword by Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the 400-page book is fully illustrated with color throughout.
Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart by Krista Halverson
Foreword by: Jeanette Winterson
Epilogue by: Sylvia Whitman
Publisher: Shakespeare and Company Paris
Publication date: August 2016
Hardback – ISBN: 979-1-09610-100-9
Photos: Shakespeare & Comp, Jef van Kempen FDM
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Na edities rond Pessoa, Lorca en Slauerhoff staat van in november 2014 tijdens de vierde ‘Literaire Meesters’-editie de Amerikaan Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) centraal.
Hemingway was getuige van diverse sleutelmomenten in de geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw. Hij diende in WOI als ambulancebroeder, deed verslag van de Spaanse Burgeroorlog en was tijdens WOII getuige van D-Day. Over zijn ervaringen schreef hij indrukwekkende romans als For whom the bell tolls en A farewell to arms.
Literaire Meester 2014: Hemingway
24 november t/m 4 december 2014 Utrecht
Zijn stijl is uniek: met sobere en trefzekere zinnen beschrijft hij markante personages, vaak afkomstig uit de marges van de samenleving. In 1952 verscheen zijn meest beroemde boek The old man and the sea; een in alle opzichten volmaakte novelle over de eeuwige strijd tussen de mens en de natuur. In 1954 ontving Hemingway de Nobelprijs voor de Literatuur.
Literaire Meesters: Het festival ‘Literaire Meesters’ presenteert tweejaarlijks een exclusief programma rond meesters uit de wereldliteratuur. In filmvertoningen, theatervoorstellingen, lezingen, literaire diners en muziek krijgt de bezoeker een compleet en vaak verrassend beeld van deze literaire grootheden.
Monty Python-lid Michael Palin treedt op 24 november exclusief voor Literaire Meesters 2014 op tijdens de openingsavond van het festival ‘In het spoor van Hemingway’. In een speciale lezing volgt Palin met zijn gebruikelijke dosis humor en gevoel voor detail de schrijver, jager, vrouwenversierder Hemingway op avontuurlijke reizen langs onder andere de Afrikaanse savanne, het stierenrennen in Pamplona en het marlijn vissen op Key West.
Ieder jaar treden in Key West (Florida, waar Hemingway jaren woonde) meer dan honderd bebaarde mannen met buikjes in safari-outfits en coltruien aan voor de Hemingway look-alike wedstrijd. Een traditie die navolging verdient! Tijdens de Literaire Nachtclub op 4 december nemen de beste Hemingways het tegen elkaar op. Ben/ken jij de beste ‘Papa’ van Nederland? Doe mee en wellicht win jij die felbegeerde Hemingway Bokaal.
The real ‘Papa’ Ernest Hemingway
The Hemingway Look-Alike Society
The Hemingway Look-Alike Society is much more than a bunch of “portly gray bearded old men”. Several years ago the society sought a way to honor the name of Ernest Hemingway while at the same time seeking a higher purpose for this wonderful group of bearded men who gather together every July. Thus the Hemingway Look-Alike Scholarship program was developed to provide students attending Florida Keys Community College a helping hand.
Last year, the HLAS scholarship fund raised close to $23,000, bringing the goal closer of building an endowment fund which will provide scholarships for many years to come.
≡ HEMINGWAY LOOK-ALIKE SOCIETY
Matt Gineo – Papa Hemingway 2011
Charles Bicht – Papa 2010
David A. Douglas – Papa 2009
Tom Grizarrd – Papa 2008
Larry Austin – Papa 2007
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