where Anais Nin, Henry Miller, James Baldwin, and Ernest Hemingway have been
I’m in Paris for a month, writing and walking in the steps of some literary greats. Yesterday, Mac and I visited Shakespeare and Company, where the likes of Anais Nin, Henry Miller, James Baldwin, and Ernest Hemingway have stood.
I’m also immersed in the English Lake District, where the novel I’m working on, “The Wednesday Daughters,” is set. Since the Lakes are the home of William Wordsworth, I thought I’d share a quote from him to celebrate National Poetry Month this week. It’s about poetry, but is more broadly true of all literature:
I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
One of the wonderful things about Shakespeare and Company is their “love wall.” I left a note there, but you’ll have to go visit to see what it says. – Meg
I do occasional posts highlighting independent booksellers, who are so important to helping new literary voices find their audiences; the independents–especially those in the bay area–were instrumental in helping me find mine. If you have a favorite bookstore, please email me and I’ll do my best to have it featured here.