Shakespeare and Company bookshop was initially set up in 1919 by American ex-pat, Sylvia Beach at 8 rue Dupuytren. In 1921 it moved to 12 rue de l'Odeon where it was a hub for American ex-pats until it closed during the German occupation in 1941. Sylvia Beach was a great supporter of writers, most notably publishing James Joyce's Ulysses when it was banned in the USA and UK as an obscene book.
I am very pleased his daughter is keep the flame alive. The shop continues to feel like an old fashioned bookstore that welcomes artists and bohemians. There are still many older books crammed into the shelves. You know the ones that have a plain blue or red hardback binding rather than the more modern shiny attention-grabbing paperbacks. Upstairs and writers group seemed to be in session and in another room someone was playing a piano.
Notes: I am not posting photos of the inside of the store (which is just so charming) because there were signs asking visitors not to take photos. I did buy a tote bag and a notebook. For those who are interested in visiting, it is on the left bank of the Seine, just across from the Notre Dame.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
37 rue de la Bûcherie
5th Arrondissement, Paris