Literary Walk with writer & walker Bob Levy
Tuesday, June 24, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Meet at Shakespeare & Co, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
Our tour of Literary Paris begins at Shakespeare & Co, the city’s most popular English-language bookstore. From there we’ll walk along the Seine to the site of the original Shakespeare Bookstore, once owned by Sylvia Beech – who published the complete manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses, despite the threat of censorship.
Earnest Hemingway stars in the next segment of our tour. We’ll see places referenced in A Moveable Feast and learn of his literary colleagues, then proceed to his apartment, not far from James Joyce’s. Also visible in the quartier: sites well known to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ford Madox Ford. From the district of Victor Hugo, we’ll pause at the Pantheon, cross the Jardin du Luxembourg, pass Gertrude Stein’s residence and view the famous literary cafes of Boulevard Montparnasse.
With a nod to the contemporary, we’ll see locations used in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. After passing haunts of William Burroughs, Henri Miller and George Plimpton of Paris Review, we’ll end our tour at the Select Café, where we’ll raise a glass to every Paris writer.