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Recorded live from our bookshop, in the heart of Paris, conversations and readings with internationally acclaimed authors. Discover exciting new fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and delve into our archives for events with Zadie Smith, Eddie Izzard, Don DeLillo, Rebecca Solnit, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dave Eggers, Rachel Cusk, Marlon James, Edouard Louis, Sara Pascoe, Richard Powers, Sally Rooney and many, many more. Hosted by Adam Biles.

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Recorded live from our bookshop, in the heart of Paris, conversations and readings with internationally acclaimed authors. Discover exciting new fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and delve into our archives for events with Zadie Smith, Eddie Izzard, Don DeLillo, Rebecca Solnit, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dave Eggers, Rachel Cusk, Marlon James, Edouard Louis, Sara Pascoe, Richard Powers, Sally Rooney and many, many more. Hosted by Adam Biles.

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Think

By rfsjr1 - Jan 09 2020
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Read Think Dialogue Reach Grow - the antithesis of the 140 character soulless vacuum we live in - an oasis.

The host’s ‘sort of’ tic is bad.

By Iambic12345 - Jun 09 2019
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Otherwise, SO good.

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34 Ratings
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Think

By rfsjr1 - Jan 09 2020
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Read Think Dialogue Reach Grow - the antithesis of the 140 character soulless vacuum we live in - an oasis.

The host’s ‘sort of’ tic is bad.

By Iambic12345 - Jun 09 2019
Read more
Otherwise, SO good.
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Shakespeare and Company

Latest release on Aug 04, 2020

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Recorded live from our bookshop, in the heart of Paris, conversations and readings with internationally acclaimed authors. Discover exciting new fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and delve into our archives for events with Zadie Smith, Eddie Izzard, Don DeLillo, Rebecca Solnit, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dave Eggers, Rachel Cusk, Marlon James, Edouard Louis, Sara Pascoe, Richard Powers, Sally Rooney and many, many more. Hosted by Adam Biles.

Rank #1: 2017 Man Booker Prize-winner George Saunders

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To celebrate the 2017 Man Booker Prize-winner George Saunders we’ve prepared this special edition of our podcast, recorded during his visit to the bookshop in March 2017. To hear the full version of the podcast visit our events archive at www.shakespeareandcompany.com

Oct 19 2017

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Rank #2: Rebecca Solnit

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We were joined by writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit.

Jun 28 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #3: Madeline Miller on Circe

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We were joined by the brilliant Madeline Miller to read from and discuss her feminist slant on the Odyssey, Circe.

Apr 04 2019

59mins

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Rank #4: Elaine Sciolino on The Only Street in Paris & John Baxter on Saint-Germain-des-Près

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Jan 06 2017

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Rank #5: John Baxter on A Year in Paris

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We were joined by the incomparable John Baxter to discuss his new book A Year in Paris.

Mar 14 2019

56mins

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Rank #6: Feel Free: Nick Laird & Zadie Smith

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We were joined by Nick Laird and Zadie Smith to discuss their new collections—of poetry and essays, respectively—both entitled Feel Free.

Jul 17 2018

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Rank #7: Lauren Collins on When in French

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We were thrilled to be joined by New-Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins to talk about When in French: Love in a Second Language, a book that The Guardian said “brims with intelligence, humour and curiosity”.

Nov 29 2016

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Rank #8: Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida

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We were thrilled to be joined by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida at Shakespeare and Company.

Aug 24 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #9: Rachel Cusk on Kudos

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We were joined by the brilliant Rachel Cusk for an exploration of the third book in her highly-acclaimed literary trilogy, Kudos.

Dec 06 2018

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Rank #10: Pierre Senges on The Major Refutation

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At the vanguard of experimental French fiction for years, Pierre Senges’s mind-blowing work is finally available to English readers. He joined us to read from and discuss his work, The Major Refutation.

Nov 14 2017

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Rank #11: Rachel Cusk on Coventry

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We were joined by Rachel Cusk to discuss Coventry, an expansive and eloquent collection of essays from “one of the smartest writers alive” (New York Times).

Dec 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Mohsin Hamid on Exit West

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We were joined by Booker-shortlisted novelist Mohsin Hamid to discuss his urgent and lyrical new book Exit West. In association with éditions Grasset.

Jan 29 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #13: Jeanette Winterson on The Gap of Time

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Nov 09 2015

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Rank #14: Laurent Binet on The 7th Function of Language

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We were joined by one of France’s most exciting writers, Laurent Binet (HHhH), to celebrate the English publication of his second novel The 7th Function of Language.

Sep 14 2017

51mins

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Rank #15: Granta: Canada — with Falen Johnson, Catherine Leroux, Alexander Macleod and Rosalind Porter

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150 years after Canada’s confederation, we were joined by Granta magazine and three leading Canadian writers to celebrate ‘CanLit’ in all its many guises.

Nov 28 2017

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Rank #16: Viet Thanh Nguyen on The Refugees

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We were delighted to be joined by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016, Viet Thanh Nguyen. In association with Editions Belfond.

Jul 05 2017

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Rank #17: Deborah Levy on Hot Milk

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For the final event in the Festival Quartier du Livre, we’re delighted to welcome back Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy to talk about her stunning new novel Hot Milk.

Jun 02 2016

55mins

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Rank #18: Jeanette Winterson on Frankissstein

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We were joined by Jeanette Winterson for a reading from Frankissstein, her riotous reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic.

Dec 18 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #19: Josh Cohen on Not Working

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We were joined by Josh Cohen to discuss his brilliant Not Working: Why We Have to Stop, a book about how inactivity works – and how it can be a necessary and creative condition for a life worth living.

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #20: Nathan Hill on The Nix

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Nathan Hill’s The Nix was one of the most celebrated début novels of the last year. We found out why when he joined us at the bookstore.

Oct 12 2017

56mins

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Renga through a Lockdown with Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Naïr

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We were delighted to welcome Karthika Naïr and Marilyn Hacker back to the bookshop. During lockdown, Marilyn and Karthika began writing Renga — a collaborative form of Japanese poetry — to each other, building up a beautiful and compelling body of work that engages with both the micro and the macro of this unprecedented moment. This meeting was the first time that these close friends had been in the same room as each other for several months, and their readings ring with the sorrow of separation but also the joy of rediscovery.

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Renga through a Lockdown: Shortly after France declared a full lockdown in March 2020, Marilyn Hacker invited Karthika Naïr to join her in creating a renga. Renga, literally “linked poem”, is the ancient Japanese form of collaborative poetry, which has evolved a little through the ages. Poets take turns to compose alternating tanka (5-7-5 and 7-7 syllabled-lines in the stanza) and each poet begins their opening line with word/s or idea/s from the preceding poem. Marilyn and Karthika’s renga are chronicles of their daily lives through the months of lockdown, triggered as much by immediate experiences in Paris as by echoes and concerns from friends and family in the US, Lebanon, India and elsewhere. And while both live in Paris, the distance between their homes (one in the 3rd arrondissement, the other in the 10th) - usually one of a few miles - seemed to multiply in this new world, with neighbourhoods transforming into distinct, new, terrain. 

If you’d like to see a video of some of these readings, keep an eye on the social media of the Bengaluru Poetry Festival.

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Marilyn Hacker is the author of fourteen poetry collections, including Blazons ( 2019) and A Stranger’s Mirror(2015) , a book of essays, Unauthorized Voices (2010),  a collaborative book, Diaspo/Renga, written with Deema K. Shehabi (2014) and  seventeen books of translations of French and Francophone poets, most recently Samira Negrouche’s The Olive Trees’ Jazz (2020). She received the 2009 American PEN Award for poetry in translation, and the international Argana Prize for Poetry from the Beit as-Sh’ir/ House of Poetry in Morocco in 2011. She lives in Paris. 

Find more of Marilyn’s work here:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/marilyn-hacker

Karthika Naïr is the author of several books, including The Honey Hunter, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. She has helmed the scripts of several dance productions, such as the multiple-award-winning DESH (2011), Akram Khan’s dance solo. Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, her reimagining in verse of the Mahabharata, won the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Award for Book of the Year (Fiction), and was highly commended at the 2016 Forward Prizes (UK). Naïr’s poetry has been widely published in anthologies and journals across the world, including Granta, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Magazine, Indian Literature, The Wolf, and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. She is a 2012 Sangam House Fellow, a 2013 Toji Foundation Fellow and was awarded a Villa Marguerite Yourcenar Fellowship in 2015. Her latest book is the collaborative Over and Under Ground in Mumbai & Paris (2018), a travelogue in verse, written with Sampurna Chattarji, and illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet and Roshni Vyam.

Find more of Karthika’s work here:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/150393/remaindering-habits
And here:
https://www.danceumbrella.co.uk/2017/08/29/six-degrees-otherness-part-2/

Aug 04 2020

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Lindsey Tramuta on The New Parisienne

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We were delighted to be joined by Lindsey Tramuta to discuss her second book The New Parisienne—her fascinating follow-up to The New Paris—in which she explores the women and ideas shaping the French capital. We have a limited number of signed copies of The New Parisienne available in our online store: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/s/9781419742811/the-new-parisienne-the-women-ideas-shaping-paris

Jul 17 2020

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John Freeman reads from The Park

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Welcome back to the Shakespeare and Company Podcast. We’re thrilled to return with a reading from a dear friend of the bookshop, John Freeman, reading from his new book of poetry The Park, a collection inspired by the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

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Thanks for listening! We're now able to ship orders again. If you want to support Shakespeare and Company through this tough period, and bring a little taste of the bookshop to wherever you are in the world, please consider placing an order for a book or a gift, subscribing to a Year of Reading, or purchasing a gift voucher for future use. Visit our website www.shakespeareandcompany.com

Jun 01 2020

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Joris-Karl Huysmans at the Musée d’Orsay, with Andy Miller

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In this episode Adam Biles joins Andy Miller—one of the presenters of the brilliant Backlisted podcast and author of The Year of Reading Dangerously—on a visit to the recent Huysmans exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, picking up their discussion of Huysmans’s novel A Rebours, begun two years earlier on episode 57 of Backlisted.

Listen to Backlisted: https://www.backlisted.fm

Find out more about the Husymans exhibition at Musée d’Orsay:

https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/events/exhibitions/in-the-museums/exhibitions-in-the-musee-dorsay/article/huysmans-critique-dart-47721.html?tx_kleemobileredirection=1&cHash=3f98abcf21

Mar 12 2020

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Jonathan Coe

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In the first of a special series of podcasts, we sat down with Jonathan Coe a few days after the UK left the EU, to catch up about the European reception to his novel Middle England, his hopes and fears post-Brexit, and the dangers when politics and nostalgia mix.

Feb 21 2020

37mins

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Chigozie Obioma on An Orchestra of Minorities

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We were joined by Chigozie Obioma to discuss the mesmerising epic An Orchestra of Minorities, his second novel to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Jan 28 2020

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Lucy Ellmann on Ducks, Newburyport

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We were joined by Lucy Ellmann to discuss her “extraordinary . . . astounding . . . amazing” (Irish Times) new novel, the Booker-shortlisted Ducks, Newburyport.

Jan 23 2020

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Guy Gunaratne on In Our Mad and Furious City

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We were joined by Guy Gunaratne for a reading from his searing debut In Our Mad and Furious City, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Jan 22 2020

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Nathan Englander on kaddish.com

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We were joined by the brilliant Nathan Englander to discuss his “rollicking, generous-hearted tale of faith, identity and family” (FT) kaddish.com.

Jan 14 2020

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John Freeman on Dictionary of the Undoing

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We were joined by John Freeman to discuss his extraordinary Dictionary of the Undoing, described by Publishers Weekly “a protest, a poem, and a plea . . . a pocket manual for informed political dissent and a must-read for all thinking citizens.”

Jan 08 2020

1hr 13mins

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Jeanette Winterson on Frankissstein

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We were joined by Jeanette Winterson for a reading from Frankissstein, her riotous reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic.

Dec 18 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rachel Cusk on Coventry

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We were joined by Rachel Cusk to discuss Coventry, an expansive and eloquent collection of essays from “one of the smartest writers alive” (New York Times).

Dec 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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Deborah Levy on The Man Who Saw Everything

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We were joined by the brilliant Deborah Levy to discuss her electrifying new novel The Man Who Saw Everything.

Dec 05 2019

53mins

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs on Small Fry: A Memoir

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We were joined by Lisa Brennan-Jobs to discuss her frank, smart and captivating account of growing up in California, as the daughter of iconoclastic Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Nov 28 2019

1hr 1min

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Amelia Abraham on Queer Intentions: A (personal) journey through LGBTQ+ culture

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We were joined by journalist Amelia Abraham to discuss her “eloquent, empathetic and passionate” (Owen Jones) debut Queer Intentions: A (personal) journey through LGBTQ+ culture. She was in conversation with novelist Yelena Moskovich.

Nov 28 2019

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Nina Leger on The Collection

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We were joined by one of the most interesting and provocative voices in French literature, Nina Leger, discussing her prize-winning novel The Collection.

Nov 21 2019

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An evening with the OuLiPo

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Parisian members of the OuLiPo read and discussed selections from the English-language anthology All That Is Evident Is Suspect: Readings from the Oulipo: 1963 - 2018.

Nov 21 2019

1hr 13mins

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With Paris in Mind: An evening with young Parisian artists

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We hosted the launch of With Paris in Mind: Talking with Artists of This Generation​, the first book by ​Will Mountain Cox​, cofounder of international literature magazine the ​Belleville Park Pages. Will was joined by Yotam Ben-David, Bianca Bondi and Adam Naas.

Nov 06 2019

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James Gregor on Going Dutch

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We were joined by the wonderful James Gregor to read from and discuss Going Dutch, his “novel of simply unremitting goodness” (Gary Shteyngart).

Oct 28 2019

53mins

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Sinéad Gleeson on Constellations: Reflections From Life

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We were joined by Sinéad Gleeson to discuss her “utterly magnificent. Raw, thought-provoking and galvanising” (Eimear McBride) essay collection Constellations: Reflections From Life

Oct 23 2019

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Think

By rfsjr1 - Jan 09 2020
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Read Think Dialogue Reach Grow - the antithesis of the 140 character soulless vacuum we live in - an oasis.

The host’s ‘sort of’ tic is bad.

By Iambic12345 - Jun 09 2019
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Otherwise, SO good.