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La librairie Ulysse in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

You know them from previous posts, and events about French License. Now the Ulysse bookstore in Paris carries The Chairfather photo book as well.

Why haven’t you made it to the Ulysse bookstore yet?  It’s smack dab in the center of Paris.  In the middle of the Seine.  On the main street of the Ile Saint Louis.  Perhaps you needed a map to find it.  And all the maps of the world were already inside!

They call themselves kilometre zero, because from their door you can set out to discover the rest of the planet.  Do you know where is the island of Saint Lucie?  Not the Isle of Lucy, you goof!  It’s one of the lesser visited islands in the Caribbean.  Well, I asked and Ulysse had a map of it, right down to all the street names.  The last time I visited, a regular came in for information on travel to Yemen.  Where else can you find such treasures in Paris?  Nowhere, I tellzya!

Travel is their speciality, and exotic destinations their strong suit.  Catherine and Dominique are extremely helpful, and can procure a map or guidebook out from their shelves like a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat.

Librairie Ulysse

Open Tuesday-Friday 2 p.m.-8 p.m. 

26, rue Saint Louis en l’Ile, 75004 Paris, France

Tel: +33 143 251 735

http://www.ulysse.fr/

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Brentano’s bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book and French License a tragicomedy travel memoir

Brentano’s is BACK!
The iconic shop on the Avenue de l’Opera was for many, many years, one of the top sources of English-language literature in Paris. Then, due to an ownership change, they got rid of the books, and concentrated exclusively on souvenirs for tourists. It does make sense, because the location gets tons of foot traffic from travelers on one of the most beautiful Haussmannian streets, with wide sidewalks inviting you to stroll.
But those of us who stayed, and others who remember the Brentano’s brand as a sure-fire destination to get books in our mother-tongue, were saddened to see the books go. Well, today they’re back in force, with thousands of titles. Your favorite authors from back home mix with locals like me.

Now, at the shop, you can get your French License and accept an offer you can’t refuse from The Chairfather ! If you find them among the wide selection displayed in these photos, let me know, and I’ll send you a personalized message with an authentic electronic signature! How’s that for a souvenir?

Brentano’s

37 Avenue de l’Opera

75002 Paris

0142608737

metro Pyramides

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The Abbey Bookshop in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

You can get lost in here.  The Abbey Bookshop is tucked in a side street a hop skip and a jump from Notre Dame.  But the single-door entrance is a portal to another world.  Much like the room of requirement in Harry Potter, a hole in the wall goes on and on on the inside. The Abbey bookshop now carries both French License and The Chairfather.

This independent bookshop carries a mix of new and used, almost exclusively in English.  Travel, cooking, history, novels and a vast section of French interest and memoirs written by expats like me.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.  It probably is, you may just need to ask for Brian’s help to find it!

Ask him for your copy of French License!

The Abbey Bookshop

29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris

Métro stop: Cluny-La Sorbonne (ligne 10) or St-Michel

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday

+33 1 46 33 16 24

www.abbeybookshop.net

 

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Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

Shakespeare and Company was one of the first to carry French License. When I stopped by, they had sold out. They graciously welcomed several more copies of my first book, as well as copies of my second book, The Chairfather. Find out more about them at the Bookstore!

Like Troy McClure, you may remember me from such films as Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

Shakespeare and Co. writes a history with many chapters, several locations, and a cast of thousands over nearly 100 years. The great English-language writers of the past and present have visited, and at least one is actually living upstairs at any given time. You’ll find today’s version of the bookstore welcoming, with nooks strewn about to get intimate with a title. When you can’t put a book back on the shelf, simply throw some crumpled euros down on the counter and continue nose-down, feeling your way by braille to their café bench awaiting you. The literature dream state here is strong.  A warm beverage and an hour later you’ll finally look up, suddenly conscious that the real world is around you once again.

Shakespeare and Company
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Open daily, 10am to 11pm

Métro St. Michel

http://shakespeareandcompany.com/

 

 

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La librairie Lamartine in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

Lamartine was kind enough to welcome French License in their shop. Now you can also find The Chairfather at the Bookstore!

This institution in the 16th arrondissement carries tons of books, stationery and pens. Mostly books in French, but they do have an extensive English-language section. Come on down and check out what they have for you in their well-lit and welcoming boutique!

Librairie Lamartine

118 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris

tel: +33 1 47 27 31 31

http://www.lamartine.fr

 

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Le Gai Rossignol bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

So, I’m wandering in the Marais, and I happen upon the Gai Rossignol bookstore. They have lots of maps and travel guides and photo books outside to entice tourists. Many out-of-town folks happen by, because it’s close to the City Hall and cool sites.

Knowing they’re a sister store to Le Merle Moqueur, I pop in and ask if they’d be interested in carrying The Chairfather which is popular among tourists. The bookstore is very welcoming and they agree.

I’m filling out the paperwork, and noticing they have lots of quirky gifts, gags and impulse buys to bring a smile. I’m about to leave when I notice that my book is right next to another, called “The Big Penis Book.” In fact, that title’s cover art is literally pointing its business at me.

Who knows, maybe it’ll drive traffic. You can check out both here:

Le Gai Rossignol
9 rue Saint Martin
75004 Paris

https://www.lemerlemoqueur.fr/le_gai_rossignol/

 

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Le Merle Moqueur bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

I’m really pleased that an independent bookstore very close to the south entrance of the Père Lachaise cemetery is now carrying my book The Chairfather. It’s called “Le Merle Moqueur” or the mockingbird. They’re part of a handful of little jewels of book shops in the capital, dedicated to readers looking for something fun and off the beaten path. My titles are also in another of their stores with a different name, that I’ll introduce you to another day. Meanwhile, if you’re in the neighborhood of the metro Alexandre Dumas, come check out this bookstore.

Le Merle Moqueur

51 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris

https://www.lemerlemoqueur.fr/

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C’était un rendez vous

42 years ago this month, a famous short film was shot at around 5 a.m. in Paris.  Adrenaline rush assured. Here it is in its entirety…

The driver got up to 200 km/h on the way to the Arc de Triomphe.  It was meant to be shorter, but a truck blocked the street he planned to take.  He had just one thought in his head “the film is about to run out.”  It would have been stupid to take all those risks and miss the money shot at the end.

For the anniversary of the film, here are some links you can check out:

Streetview animation from approx. 1500 screenshots

The ‘making of’ and other links from Luminaire, in French.

Website of Claude Lelouch

Here’s the route finished in just 8 minutes:

 

This anecdote features prominently in my travel memoir French License.  Read a sample.  Buy the book.  Keep a copy in your glovebox just in case.

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The Chairfather funny photo book now available at the Père Lachaise métro kiosk in Paris

As you emerge from underground at the Père Lachaise métro station, you immediately spy two things: a café and a kiosk. The café is called the Brasserie au Rond Point, and it’s everything you want in a traditional French bistro from the belle epoque. I like to go there for a ‘démi’ or half-pint beer and a ‘croque madame’ or grilled ham & cheese sandwich. I prefer it to the ‘croque monsieur’ because the ‘madame’ comes with a sunny-side-up egg on top. The Brasserie has honored many of the Père Lachaise residents with collages. They’ve put a lot of care and creativity into these little ‘windows’ to the lives of the personalities. The one above is for my favorite ‘locataire’ Georges Méliès.

Now that your belly is full, you’re ready to grab your guide and head out for a lovely walk while listening to amazing stories. Just across the street is the entrance to the Père Lachaise cemetery. On the island in-between, you’ll find one of those distinctly Parisian kiosks selling magazines, newspapers, and sometimes books. It’s very popular for tourists who want a street plan of the city, or seek the latest showtimes for theater, concerts and cinema.

However, some less-informed vacationers go there asking for a map of the cemetery…

Didn’t they read my blog post about the 5 kinds of folks you meet at Père Lachaise?!?! Don’t be Dora the Explorer!

Now, they don’t have to, because the kiosk sells my book, The Chairfather! Inside the book, they’ll find links to my VoiceMap tours. Visual and audio, together, now that’s what I call a prepared pedestrian!

Kiosk

67 boulevard de Menilmontant
75020 Paris

Brasserie au Rond Point

65 boulevard de Menilmontant

75011 Paris

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The Chairfather funny photo book now available at the Gambetta kiosk in Paris

Just steps from the Gambetta entrance to the Père Lachaise cemetery, you’ll find one of those distinctly Parisian kiosks selling magazines, newspapers, and sometimes books. It’s very popular for tourists who want a street plan of the city, or seek the latest showtimes for theater, concerts and cinema.

However, some less-informed vacationers go there asking for a map of the cemetery…

Didn’t they read my blog post about the 5 kinds of folks you meet at Père Lachaise?!?! Don’t be Dora the Explorer!

Now, they don’t have to, because the kiosk sells my book, The Chairfather! Inside the book, they’ll find links to my VoiceMap tours. Visual and audio, together, that’ll wise them up, and take them right to the sights they want to see, lickety-split! (That last comment wasn’t a reference to Colette, really.)

Get smart at the kiosk!

7 Place Gambetta
75020 Paris

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