Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Paris Bookseller

Today we are celebrating the publication of Kerri Maher's latest novel, The Paris Bookseller. Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy to give away!

THE PARIS BOOKSELLER opens in 1917, as World War I ends and Paris is alive as a thriving center for culture and modernity. With new ideas rapidly taking the post-war world by storm, Sylvia Beach moves to Paris and opens the doors to her new English-language bookshop with the help of fellow writer and bookseller Adrienne Monnier. What starts as a partnership and friendship with Adrienne soon blossoms into a romance, and the women work together to create a haven for English writers and readers.

Sylvia quickly falls in love with James Joyce’s prose, especially his unpublished manuscript, Ulysses. When the contentious novel is banned in the United States for its obscenity, Sylvia takes a massive financial and personal risk, deciding to publish it under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company. She quickly realizes that the success and notoriety of publishing the most influential book of the century comes with steep costs. While many patrons applaud her efforts, some believe she has marred the integrity of Shakespeare and Company as she remains staunchly loyal to Joyce. Even worse, the future of her beloved store is threatened and her most enduring friendships are put to the test when Ulysses’ success leads to Joyce being wooed by other publishers. Now on the cusp of World War II and facing financial ruin, Sylvia must decide how far she will go to keep Shakespeare and Company alive.

“If you ever dreamed you could transport yourself to Paris in the twenties, to Sylvia Beach's famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, where Joyce, Hemingway, and Pound wandered the aisles, this story’s for you. Maher’s magical touch brings to life a woman whose struggles resonate in today’s world, while also examining the intricacies of friendship, fortitude, and the love of the written word.”
—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

The Paris Bookseller is a novel I long to live in, a vivid evocation of the famous female-owned Parisian bookshop Shakespeare and Company which acted as haven and home to the literati of pre-WWII Europe. Heroine and shop owner Sylvia Beach shepherds seemingly all of the great writers of the 20th century with an appealing blend of warmth, wit, frustration, and understanding. Kerri Maher writes a love letter to books, bookstores, and booklovers everywhere.”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

“Kerri Maher vividly transports us back in time to the establishment of the world’s most famous and beloved bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. Its founder, Sylvia Beach is brilliantly portrayed as is her fight to publish one of the greatest novels ever written. Filled with such literary luminaries as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Paris Bookseller is a bibliophile’s dream come true.”
—RenĂ©e Rosen, USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces

Photo by Peter Su (2018)
Kerri Maher is the author of The Girl in White Gloves, The Kennedy Debutante, and, under the name Kerri Majors, This is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and was a writing professor for many years. She now writes full-time and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts. 

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Padmini Rao said...

I loved Catcher in the Rye

Nancy said...

My favorite banned book is Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

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Di said...

I googled for a list of banned books and was flabbergasted with the books that were listed - I have to pick To Kill a Mockingbird

holdenj said...

To Kill A Mockingbird
Looking for Alaska

Mary Preston said...


Anonymous said...

To Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks for your great generosity. Linda May

Toni Laliberte said...

The Catcher In the Rye. Great book!

bn100 said...

not sure

Michelle L said...

Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl

Peggy Russo said...

To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Susan Roberts said...

The Color Purple

Bonnie K. said...

I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and I really liked A Separate Peace.

diannekc said...

To Kill A Mockingbird

Nancy P said...

I don't keep track of which books are banned, so I am not sure. I will read them anyway.

rubynreba said...

To Kill a Mockingbird

Summer said...

To Kill A Mockingbird.