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Continuing from part 1 … as some of you may know, we have been putting up photos of bookstores from around the world. In addition to those posts that are linked in part 1, here are a few more that you can jump to: House of Books in Moscow, Alexandra in Budapest and the MIT Press in Boston.


La Rive Gauche is the left bank or southern bank of the Seine which includes the arrondissements 5 (Latin Quarter), 6 and parts of 7 – generally known for its bohemian and anti-establishment roots. My hotel was right next to the University of Paris, La Sorbonne main building and not far from the Panthéon.


Many of the bookstores are actually publishers – Editions Ivrea evolved from Editions Champ Libre which was founded after the May 1968 student riots in this same area of Paris.


Editions Champ Libre and its founder Gerard Lebovici were famous for their associations with the socialist/communist writers and political movements. Gerard Lebovici was assassinated in the 1980’s.


Just around the corner from my hotel is the Cinema du Panthéon, and down the street is a bookstore dedicated to the arts of film making. By the time I finished my meetings, it was dark already. So do excuse the lack of interior photos and the rather reflective window shots.


It is rare to find a specialist bookstore these days.

Voila – La Librairie du Cinema du Pantheon.


I remember one in the midst of the NY Broadway theaters – 46th between Broadway and 8th Ave ?


It sells movie posters, postcards … and some specialist DVDs are available – films about films.


“Paris In Cinema”, “Ciné Quiz”  … brain food for movie buffs

paris-books-25Monroe and Kubrick books …


A series of monographs published by the Cahier du Cinema, titled “Anatomy of an Actor” – Clooney, Brando, Pacino, Kidman, De Niro.


There are even film books written for kids, and movie guides for age 3-8 and age 9-12 !  – “200 films for you to see before becoming tall”.


There were other specialist bookstores in the area, e.g., philosophy by J Vrin


… Science and fantasy fictions … Galactic stories


… books on Asia


and law books by Dalloz.


Among all these bookstores is a shop that provide photocopying and digital scanning services.


I am sure there are a lot more bookstores in the area but I had to leave … my French needs to get better first before I come back to browse.




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