La journée sans voiture

By Adam Biles Something odd happened in Paris on Sunday. With the flick of her mayoral pen, and a few strategically erected barriers, Anne Hidalgo banished cars from the city’s most congested thoroughfares — the Avenue des Champs Elysées, Place…

What It's Like to Live Inside the Legendary Paris Bookstore Shakespeare & Co. By Harriet Alida Lye

George Whitman opened the legendary bookshop now known as Shakespeare and Company in the shadow of Notre Dame in Paris in 1951, and having spent all his money on the shop he slept on a pullout couch among the books….

En Bref with Paul Murray

Next up in En Bref is our favourite Irishman and superbly talented funny/serious novelist Paul Murray. Here’s Paul in full flow at his recent terrific event for The Mark and Void, and below are his  answers to our (very) brief questions. Who…

En Bref with Emily St. John Mandel

Next up in En Bref is Emily St. John Mandel, author of the superb (and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning) Station Eleven. Over to you, Emily… Who is your favourite novelist of all time? I’m afraid I can’t possibly pick just…

Notes from the Letterbox

Ahh, it’s so wonderful how many of you are leaving notes in our Message in a Bottle letterbox! They’re such a mix of sweet, funny, inspiring— poetic snapshots of moments of your lives in the bookshop or in Paris. Here…