Talk bookstores, Paris, and remarkable women with Kerri Maher

Geek out over bookstores, Paris in the early 20th century, and a most remarkable woman! Author, and former bookseller, Kerri Maher joins us to talk about her newest novel, The Paris Bookseller, her love letter to bookstores, and to the woman who fought to print the book that became one of the 20th century’s most important pieces of literature. Register Free Here.


About the Book

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Sylvia quickly falls in love with James Joyce’s prose, especially his unpublished manuscript, Ulysses.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.

Maher not only captures the life of a brave and inspiring bookseller, but also transports readers to the electric cultural atmosphere of Paris in the early 20th century. Sylvia’s romantic relationship with Adrienne Monnier is exquisitely rendered, and offers an insightful look into what it meant to be a lesbian in Paris in the early to mid-twentieth century. Maher’s descriptions of a society grappling with the effects of World War I while simultaneously entering an age of modernism will captivate readers, as will cameo appearances from much-beloved literary figures.

 

About the Author

Kerri Maher shines at bringing to life the true stories of influential women – in 2018, Maher published The Kennedy Debutante, an enthralling love story about Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, John F. Kennedy’s sister; The Girl in White Gloves, about the life of Grace Kelly, followed in 2019. Now, THE PARIS BOOKSELLER (Berkley Hardcover; on sale January 11, 2022), chronicles the story of Sylvia Beach, the American woman behind the much-loved Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and her courageous triumph over censorship while publishing James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses.

A former bookseller herself, Maher was first inspired by Beach’s story while working in the conservation department of Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, preserving rare texts. THE PARIS BOOKSELLER is her love letter to bookstores, and to the woman who fought to print the book that became one of the 20th century’s most important pieces of literature.

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Talk bookstores, Paris, and remarkable women with Kerri Maher
Jan 18 2022 - 7:00pm

Geek out over bookstores, Paris in the early 20th century, and a most remarkable woman! Author, and former bookseller, Kerri Maher joins us to talk about her newest novel, The Paris Bookseller, her love letter to bookstores, and to the woman who fought to print the book that became one of the 20th century’s most important pieces of literature. Register Free Here.


About the Book

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.

Maher not only captures the life of a brave and inspiring bookseller, but also transports readers to the electric cultural atmosphere of Paris in the early 20th century. Sylvia’s romantic relationship with Adrienne Monnier is exquisitely rendered, and offers an insightful look into what it meant to be a lesbian in Paris in the early to mid-twentieth century. Maher’s descriptions of a society grappling with the effects of World War I while simultaneously entering an age of modernism will captivate readers, as will cameo appearances from much-beloved literary figures.

 

About the Author

Kerri Maher shines at bringing to life the true stories of influential women – in 2018, Maher published The Kennedy Debutante, an enthralling love story about Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, John F. Kennedy’s sister; The Girl in White Gloves, about the life of Grace Kelly, followed in 2019. Now, THE PARIS BOOKSELLER (Berkley Hardcover; on sale January 11, 2022), chronicles the story of Sylvia Beach, the American woman behind the much-loved Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, and her courageous triumph over censorship while publishing James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses.

A former bookseller herself, Maher was first inspired by Beach’s story while working in the conservation department of Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, preserving rare texts. THE PARIS BOOKSELLER is her love letter to bookstores, and to the woman who fought to print the book that became one of the 20th century’s most important pieces of literature.

The Paris Bookseller By Kerri Maher Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593102183
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - January 11th, 2022