“Books are my treasures—the best that I’ve got.
Books are like rivers that flow through my head.
Books are like roads,” she just might have said.
“Roads that connect my old self to my new.
Unlocking our hearts to what’s noble and true.”
The story of the venerable Shakespeare and Company and its founder Sylvia Beach as told by the bookstore itself! Sylvia had a love of life, books, and poetry, which she used to transform an old, dusty space into one of the most famous havens for readers and aspiring writers—Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, James Joyce and Simone de Beauvoir to name a few. Stories like these are some of our favorite kinds. Anyone else ever have dreams of opening a bookstore (resident cat and all)?
Sylvia's Bookshop: The Story of Paris's Beloved Bookstore and Its Founder (As Told by the Bookstore Itself!) was written by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Katy Wu and published by Paula Wiseman Books. It’ll be out soon on September 25.