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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.

Latest Episodes

An extract from Pond, read by Claire-Louise Bennett

For this episode, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with the brilliant Fitzcarraldo Editions to bring you an exclusive extract from the audiobook of their modern classic Pond, performed by its author Claire-Louise Bennett. You can buy the audiobook from the publisher’s website www.fitzcarraldoeditions.com, and of course you can buy a physical copy of Pond from our online store, www.shakespeareandcompany.com where you can also find all manner of new and rare books, gifts, and tote bags, which we ship from Paris to wherever you are in the world. About Claire-Louise Bennett Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire in the southwest of England. Her short fiction and essays have been published inThe Stinging Fly,The Penny Dreadful,The Moth,Colony,The Irish Times,The White Reviewandgorse. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and has received bursaries from the Arts Council Ireland and Galway City Council. Pondis her first collection of stories. Music, as always, by Alex Freiman from his album, Play it Gentle, available on our online store: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/search?q=Alex+freiman&type=books

36 min1 w ago
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An extract from Pond, read by Claire-Louise Bennett

Renga through a Lockdown with Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Naïr

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. * 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. * Marilyn Hackeris the author of fourteen poetry collections, includingBlazons( 2019) andA Stranger’s Mirror(2015),a book of essays,Unauthorized Voices (2010),a collaborative book,Diaspo/Renga,written with Deema K. Shehabi (2014) andseventeenbooks oftranslations of French and Francophone poets, most recently Samira Negrouche’sThe 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, includingThe Honey Hunter, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Shehas helmed the scripts of several dance productions, such as the multiple-award-winningDESH(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, includingGranta, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Magazine, Indian Literature, The Wolf,andThe 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 collaborativeOver 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/

22 minAUG 5
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Renga through a Lockdown with Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Naïr

Lindsey Tramuta on The New Parisienne

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

67 minJUL 18
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Lindsey Tramuta on The New Parisienne

John Freeman reads from The Park

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. * 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

23 minJUN 2
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John Freeman reads from The Park

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

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

42 minMAR 13
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Joris-Karl Huysmans at the Musée d’Orsay, with Andy Miller

Jonathan Coe

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.

37 minFEB 21
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Jonathan Coe

Chigozie Obioma on An Orchestra of Minorities

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.

60 minJAN 28
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Chigozie Obioma on An Orchestra of Minorities

Lucy Ellmann on Ducks, Newburyport

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

60 minJAN 23
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Lucy Ellmann on Ducks, Newburyport

Guy Gunaratne on In Our Mad and Furious City

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.

52 minJAN 22
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Guy Gunaratne on In Our Mad and Furious City

Nathan Englander on kaddish.com

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

57 minJAN 14
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Nathan Englander on kaddish.com

Latest Episodes

An extract from Pond, read by Claire-Louise Bennett

For this episode, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with the brilliant Fitzcarraldo Editions to bring you an exclusive extract from the audiobook of their modern classic Pond, performed by its author Claire-Louise Bennett. You can buy the audiobook from the publisher’s website www.fitzcarraldoeditions.com, and of course you can buy a physical copy of Pond from our online store, www.shakespeareandcompany.com where you can also find all manner of new and rare books, gifts, and tote bags, which we ship from Paris to wherever you are in the world. About Claire-Louise Bennett Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire in the southwest of England. Her short fiction and essays have been published inThe Stinging Fly,The Penny Dreadful,The Moth,Colony,The Irish Times,The White Reviewandgorse. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and has received bursaries from the Arts Council Ireland and Galway City Council. Pondis her first collection of stories. Music, as always, by Alex Freiman from his album, Play it Gentle, available on our online store: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/search?q=Alex+freiman&type=books

36 min1 w ago
Comments
An extract from Pond, read by Claire-Louise Bennett

Renga through a Lockdown with Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Naïr

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. * 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. * Marilyn Hackeris the author of fourteen poetry collections, includingBlazons( 2019) andA Stranger’s Mirror(2015),a book of essays,Unauthorized Voices (2010),a collaborative book,Diaspo/Renga,written with Deema K. Shehabi (2014) andseventeenbooks oftranslations of French and Francophone poets, most recently Samira Negrouche’sThe 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, includingThe Honey Hunter, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Shehas helmed the scripts of several dance productions, such as the multiple-award-winningDESH(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, includingGranta, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Magazine, Indian Literature, The Wolf,andThe 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 collaborativeOver 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/

22 minAUG 5
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Renga through a Lockdown with Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Naïr

Lindsey Tramuta on The New Parisienne

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

67 minJUL 18
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Lindsey Tramuta on The New Parisienne

John Freeman reads from The Park

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. * 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

23 minJUN 2
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John Freeman reads from The Park

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

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

42 minMAR 13
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Joris-Karl Huysmans at the Musée d’Orsay, with Andy Miller

Jonathan Coe

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.

37 minFEB 21
Comments
Jonathan Coe

Chigozie Obioma on An Orchestra of Minorities

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.

60 minJAN 28
Comments
Chigozie Obioma on An Orchestra of Minorities

Lucy Ellmann on Ducks, Newburyport

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

60 minJAN 23
Comments
Lucy Ellmann on Ducks, Newburyport

Guy Gunaratne on In Our Mad and Furious City

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.

52 minJAN 22
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Guy Gunaratne on In Our Mad and Furious City

Nathan Englander on kaddish.com

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

57 minJAN 14
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Nathan Englander on kaddish.com

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