Bhutanese Cuisine, Charity Books Among Winners of 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Gourmand’s 16th Awards took place last night at Paris’ famed music hall, Les Folies Bergeres, following the opening yesterday of the second Paris Cookbook Fair (from which we’ll have our report on Monday). For over two hours Edouard Cointreau’s ever-growing cookbook awards ceremony paid homage to chefs, publishers, photographers and designers, this year with a penchant for …

Sens Critique: Social Book and Culture Reviews, the French Way

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: “It’s all about de-materialization,” says Clément Apap, co-founder of Sens Critique (Critical Sense), a new virtual library for books, films, TV series, graphic novels and music –- which launched in December and has already attracted 85,000 users. Users can join Sens Critique for free or simply adopt the site as something akin to a cultural magazine. …

Paris Opens Chic New Hotel for Book Lovers

In What's the Buzz by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije How lucky that in this digital age some people still find books seductive — seductive enough to build a chic new hotel in Paris with a literary theme. The plush Le Pavillon des Lettres opened late last fall right around the corner from the Elysée Palace in the 8th arrondissement. The 26 rooms in muted tones correspond …

Paris’ Seine-side Bookselling bouquinistes Tout Trinkets, but City Hall Cries “Non”

In Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

• Paris’ Seine-side booksellers — known as bouqinistes — have existed in the city for 300 years and are a must see tourist attraction for book lovers. • Lately, the bouqinistes have started selling souvenir trinkets to augment lackluster booksales — a move that has prompted a crack down by city hall. By Olivia Snaije PARIS: Paris’ antique booksellers, or bouquinistes, …

What is Your Favorite English-language Bookshop Abroad?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes a visit to Paris’ venerable Librairie Galignani, which lays claim to being the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. Opinions and preferences vary as to what is “the best” English-language bookstore abroad — and by abroad, I mean in a non-native English-speaking country. The frontrunner for many is Paris’ Shakespeare & …

A Visit to Paris’s Famous Graves and Tea and Tattered Pages

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Rachel Aydt PARIS: On a bright and sunny Wednesday, we set out to see the catacombs– I should have guessed we wouldn’t be the only tourists heading over to Montparnasse for a glimpse of the deep macabre; problem was, we weren’t exactly expecting the line to literally reach around the block and number into the several hundreds. We had grinned and …

Traveling? Tell Us About Your Favorite Bookstore Discovery

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today Rachel Aydt writes about her recent visit to Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that some of my best memories of travel are associated with visiting bookstores. For me, there’s Cape Town’s Exclusive Books (yes, a chain, but a very good one!), New Orleans’ Faulkner House Book, Belfast’s No Alibis, …

Tell Us About Your Fascinating Friend in Publishing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles Frédéric Grellier, the blind book translator of Paris. Do you have a fascinating friend who works in publishing — a person with an interesting life story or working method? If so, tell us about him or her. Email me with the information and you’ll have our gratitude and you might see them in …