Remember this? Dreams do come true! 🙂
I just got back from a wonderful, wonderful trip with my sister and an old friend to Spain and France, and a week in Paris with the Boyfriend.
Of course, we had to make a stop at Shakespeare & Co. Here are a few pictures of my own:
It’s a fantastic English-language bookstore crammed wall-to-wall with new, old, and very old books. And also a tiny room with a typewriter, a funny old British woman serving tea, an out of tune piano, and this small wall where poets, dreamers, and romantics leave messages:
Of course, I couldn’t leave without a souvenir (or two):
Appropriate, I thought, given that I’ve never read Proust, he’s French, and the book is about reading. Plus, it’s so pretty!
a small little thing packed with literary facts, anecdotes, lists, images, definitions, and other goodies for people who love books. For example, incunabula refers to books printed before 1500 — in their ‘infancy’ before Gutenberg — and comes from the Latin for ‘swaddling cloths’. Maybe not a gift for everyone… but perfect for me.
If you go to Paris, be sure to reserve an hour or so for Shakespeare & Co., and when you buy a book, ask them to stamp it. Also check out the store’s weekly author readings! We didn’t go — the week we were there the store was hosting an author I’ve already heard from, and we only had so much time in Paris — but hey, impressive.
So, with 1000+ Google Reader updates, I’m hardly going to catch up on whatever happened while I was gone. What’s been going on in the book world and blogosphere? Any posts or new blogs I should check out? Any news I missed?