It’s Spread to Europe!
October 27th, 2013
I am thrilled to announce that To Join the Lost now is available at Shakespeare and Company, the wonderful English-language bookstore in Paris. Yes, that Paris. They accepted a few copies on consignment when I was there last week. It was a rainy afternoon. I sat outside under the awning for about forty-five minutes afterwards, waiting for the drizzle to subside and basking in the thrill of having my book on those bookshelves. There also was a pretty good view of a chunk of Notre Dame.
Shakespeare and Company is a place steeped in literary history. Well, sort of. A bookstore by that name opened in 1919 on the Left Bank. Through the 1920s, expatriate American and British literati hung out there: Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein. Its owner, Sylvia Beach, published Joyce’s Ulysses. The original store closed in 1940, during the German occupation. It never reopened, but a second store was opened in 1951 (the year before I was born) by George Whitman and it bears the same name; its current owner, Sylvia Beach Whitman, was named for the original store’s founder, and she has worked hard to maintain the same spirit and commitment to writing and writers that made the first store legendary.
I didn’t really expect my book to find a place there, and I am thrilled that it did. But now I find myself in a bit of a quandary. It is there on consignment. That means, if it doesn’t sell out in the next six months (unlikely as that may seem) I need to retrieve the copies. I don’t think I will be able to go back there so soon, although I dearly would love to do so. There are items on the menu of Au Bascou that I haven’t tried yet. I need a contact in Paris who can handle that for me (the book, not the restaurant) next April, if necessary. Volunteers?