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We have more stuff than we could ever need. Every year, TV reports about Black Friday suggest how far society has gone mad with accumulation. The planet is drowning in unnecessary objects and their attendant waste. This bookshelf explores the roots of…

A Nature Book Each Month: Let’s Give Back Nature Its Song

A Nature Book Each Month: Let’s Give Back Nature Its Song

Last year the French Museum of Natural History and the National Scientific Research Centre conducted a series of studies demonstrating how, year on year, the French countryside is becoming ever more silent. They write of a phenomenon of “mass disappearance,”…

A Year in Reading: Sylvia Whitman

A Year in Reading: Sylvia Whitman

“Working in a bookshop every day, seeing much-anticipated new releases being freshly unpacked and incredible vintage paperbacks that have wound their ways onto our shelves, it’s almost impossible not to slip a book into my pocket on the way out…

About Sylvia

Sylvia Whitman has been the proprietor of Shakespeare and Company since 2006. She took up the reins from her father, George Whitman, who founded the bookstore in 1951.

A Biography of a Bookstore

A Biography of a Bookstore

For two years, from 2012 to 2014, I could be found tucked into George Whitman’s former bedroom, his cat, Kitty, on my lap, reading and sorting Shakespeare and Company’s archives. It was the first and the most daunting task in creating…

About Krista

Krista Halverson is the director of Shakespeare and Company bookstore’s new publishing venture and the editor of its first release, Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart. Previously, she was the managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story, the art and literary quarterly published by Francis Ford Coppola and headquartered in San Francisco.

Maggie O'Farrell interviewed by Rose Alana Frith

Maggie O’Farrell interviewed by Rose Alana Frith

Maggie O’Farrell visited Shakespeare and Company in February 2014 to present Instructions for a Heatwave, a novel full of complex familial dynamics, personal struggles and the heatwave of her early childhood. As I sat across from her that evening, at…