Paris bookstore helps young authors

16:40, January 21, 2010      

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Screenshot photo shows the bookowner of the bookstore on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. ( Photo)

These days, most bookstores are in the business of retailing books. But in Paris, one bookstore goes out of its way to help young writers from far and wide.

On the left bank of the Seine is a small antiquarian bookstore. A namesake of the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare and Company specialized in selling titles in English literature.

The store opened in the 1920s and was frequented by such promising emigres as Ernest Hemingway. Closed during the Second World War, it reopened in the mid 1940s. The store's owner organized weekly poetry readings and lectures on English literature in a nearby park.

Its current owner has picked up the cause and taken it a step further by providing free food and lodging to aspiring young authors.

The bookstore owner said, "Young writers would like to stay in Paris for the inspiration. But usually they cannot afford the expenses. So we're providing them a place to stay and write."

One writer said, "I'm writing literary reviews on Joyce. I also write poetry."

By providing a refuge among the commercial world of the big chain outlets, the Shakespeare Bookstore in Paris is doing its bit to keep alive the literary dreams of young writers.

Source: CCTV online
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