What is that one thing that’s common between the films Before Sunset, Julie & Julia, and Midnight in Paris? They all feature the iconic Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. But one of the world’s most favourite bookstores today is facing the threat of closure, courtesy the pandemic-induced lockdown. By Amitha Ameen
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— Shakespeare&Company (@Shakespeare_Co) October 28, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has put immense pressure on plenty of businesses and more so on independent businesses around the world. The pandemic has resulted in many companies being forced to shut shop or tremendously scale down to cope with the monetary losses. Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company too has been facing the brunt of slow sales and took to social media to share their turmoil.
“It is true that, like many independent businesses, we are struggling, trying to see a way forward during this time when we’ve been operating at a loss, with our sales down almost 80% since March,” read a statement released by the bookstore.
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Housed in a 17th-century building and located on the banks of River Seine, opposite Notre Dame, the bookstore is situated in the heart of Paris. “We would be especially grateful for new website orders from those of you with the means and interest to do so,” read the statement from the 70-year-old bookstore.
Some of the most famous visitors who’ve been charmed by the bookstore in the past include William Burroughs, Anaïs Nin, Richard Wright, Lawrence Durrell, James Jones, and James Baldwin. With France slated to go into lockdown mode once again, the bookstore needs all the help it can get to stay afloat during these tough times.