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Best Books, Music & Movies in Paris

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At first glance, Shakespeare and Company is nothing more than another English bookstore. But just a few steps inside the door, you start to see why the storefront is just as much a museum as it is a legendary bookshop. Between the books stacked to the ceiling, there are notes, announcements and fliers left from visitors all over the world. Since 1919, the name Shakespeare and Company has been a refuge to writers. The original bookstore was the stomping grounds of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce and others. Today, writers from all over the world come to share their work. Unknown writers have a place here, too; Shakespeare and Company lends sleeping space in exchange for a couple of hours of work in the store.

Le 29 is a bookshop specialized in photography, in which you will find 3500 references (monographs, essays, emerging artists’ folios). In this bookshop, you are free to visit the photography exhibition and buy some prints if you wish. There is a good selection of numbered (limited edition) and signed prints by various artists. Le 29 has a very well assorted department dedicated to children and teenagers, and it organizes workshops for children every Saturday. On the second floor, a photo lab is at your disposal for retouches and printing. Le 29 has very good quality printing and framing.

This is a friendly bookstore in the heart of the Latin Quarter that specializes in Canadian (French and English) as well as Anglo-American authors. Down in the vaulted cellar is the Canadian Club, a place for everyone interested in Canadian literature and culture to meet over a cup of tea and conversation. Keep an eye out for the cockleshell relief above the door that marks this spot as part of the Pilgrim's Way. This shell, a symbol of Saint James, once lined the path of the faithful, all the way to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. Ask for a calendar of author's signings and readings.

WHSmith is an absolute gift for non-French-speaking tourists to Paris. W.H. Smith has crossed the Channel (it's a chain in the UK), and now sits on the famous rue de Rivoli alongside the Tuileries gardens. Most of the English-language magazines and daily papers can be found here, even on Sundays, as well as travel guides, paperbacks, videos, gifts, children's books, and a large greeting card section. Book signings and other such events are regularly organized.

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