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Jonathan Coe
Feb 21 • 37 min
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…
Chigozie Obioma on An Orchestra of Minorities
Jan 28 • 60 min
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.
Lucy Ellmann on Ducks, Newburyport
Jan 23 • 60 min
We were joined by Lucy Ellmann to discuss her “extraordinary … astounding … amazing” (Irish Times) new novel, the Booker-shortlisted Ducks, Newburyport.
Guy Gunaratne on In Our Mad and Furious City
Jan 22 • 52 min
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.
Nathan Englander on kaddish.com
Jan 14 • 57 min
We were joined by the brilliant Nathan Englander to discuss his “rollicking, generous-hearted tale of faith, identity and family” (FT) kaddish.com.
John Freeman on Dictionary of the Undoing
Jan 8 • 73 min
We were joined by John Freeman to discuss his extraordinary Dictionary of the Undoing, described by Publishers Weekly “a protest, a poem, and a plea … a pocket manual for informed political dissent and a must-read for all thinking citizens.”
Jeanette Winterson on Frankissstein
Dec 18, 2019 • 68 min
We were joined by Jeanette Winterson for a reading from Frankissstein, her riotous reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic.
Rachel Cusk on Coventry
Dec 12, 2019 • 63 min
We were joined by Rachel Cusk to discuss Coventry, an expansive and eloquent collection of essays from “one of the smartest writers alive” (New York Times).
Deborah Levy on The Man Who Saw Everything
Dec 5, 2019 • 53 min
We were joined by the brilliant Deborah Levy to discuss her electrifying new novel The Man Who Saw Everything.
Lisa Brennan-Jobs on Small Fry: A Memoir
Nov 28, 2019 • 61 min
We were joined by Lisa Brennan-Jobs to discuss her frank, smart and captivating account of growing up in California, as the daughter of iconoclastic Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Amelia Abraham on Queer Intentions: A (personal) journey through LGBTQ+ culture
Nov 28, 2019 • 65 min
We were joined by journalist Amelia Abraham to discuss her “eloquent, empathetic and passionate” (Owen Jones) debut Queer Intentions: A (personal) journey through LGBTQ+ culture. She was in conversation with novelist Yelena Moskovich.
Nina Leger on The Collection
Nov 21, 2019 • 57 min
We were joined by one of the most interesting and provocative voices in French literature, Nina Leger, discussing her prize-winning novel The Collection.
An evening with the OuLiPo
Nov 21, 2019 • 73 min
Parisian members of the OuLiPo read and discussed selections from the English-language anthology All That Is Evident Is Suspect: Readings from the Oulipo: 1963 - 2018.
With Paris in Mind: An evening with young Parisian artists
Nov 6, 2019 • 55 min
We hosted the launch of With Paris in Mind: Talking with Artists of This Generation​, the first book by ​Will Mountain Cox​, cofounder of international literature magazine the ​Belleville Park Pages. Will was joined by Yotam Ben-David, Bianca Bondi and…
James Gregor on Going Dutch
Oct 28, 2019 • 53 min
We were joined by the wonderful James Gregor to read from and discuss Going Dutch, his “novel of simply unremitting goodness” (Gary Shteyngart).
Sinéad Gleeson on Constellations: Reflections From Life
Oct 23, 2019 • 62 min
We were joined by Sinéad Gleeson to discuss her “utterly magnificent. Raw, thought-provoking and galvanising” (Eimear McBride) essay collection Constellations: Reflections From Life
Casey Cep on Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
Oct 10, 2019 • 69 min
We were joined by Casey Cep whose Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee brings the incredible story of a Reverend serial killer and his murder trial to light, interwoven with a vivid, elegiac account of Harper Lee’s quest to write…
David Wallace-Wells on The Uninhabitable Earth
Oct 8, 2019 • 73 min
We were joined by David Wallace-Wells to discuss The Uninhabitable Earth, one of the most devastating but galvanising climate-change books to be written in recent years.
Lauren Elkin, Stephanie La Cava and Saskia Vogel in conversation
Oct 3, 2019 • 67 min
Riffing on Permission, Saskia Vogel’s debut novel about love, loss, BDSM and the roles women play in the patriarchy, authors Lauren Elkin (Flâneuse, the forthcoming Art Monsters) and Stephanie La Cava (the forthcoming The Superrationals) joined Vogel for…
Poetry in the Library: Richard Scott
Oct 3, 2019 • 37 min
We were joined by Richard Scott for a reading from his first book Soho.
Dorian Lynskey on The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984
Sep 24, 2019 • 64 min
We were joined by Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 for a riveting evening delving into the history and influence of one of the 20th century’s most important novels
Greta Bellamacina with poets from New River Press
Sep 16, 2019 • 58 min
We were joined by Greta Bellamacina for the launch of Poemas (2015-2018), her latest collection, published in a bilingual (English/Spanish) edition by Valparaíso. She was joined by poets from New River Press reading from current and forthcoming releases.
Sara Pascoe on Sex Power Money
Sep 12, 2019 • 65 min
We were joined by award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe to discuss her attempt to understand the things that really matter to humans - Sex Power Money.
Philip Hoare on Leviathan
Aug 1, 2019 • 69 min
We were joined by Philip Hoare to revisit his modern classic Leviathan, the story of the writer’s obsession with whales and his fascination with Moby-Dick.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan on Starling Days
Aug 1, 2019 • 45 min
We were joined by the Desmond Elliot-shortlisted author of Harmless Like You to read from her moving new novel Starling Days.
Caroline Criado Perez on Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Jul 18, 2019 • 70 min
We were joined by Caroline Criado Perez to discuss one of the most powerful and important books this year, the brilliant Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.
Elif Shafak on 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
Jul 11, 2019 • 59 min
We were joined by “one of the best writers in the world today” (Hanif Kureishi ), Elif Shafak to discuss her haunting and beautiful new novel 10 Minutes 38 seconds in this Strange World.
Desperate Literature Salon
Jul 4, 2019 • 58 min
We celebrated the winners of the 2nd annual Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, a prize for innovative and experimental fiction based out of the Madrid bookshop Desperate Literature.
Valeria Luiselli on Lost Children Archive
Jun 28, 2019 • 66 min
We were joined by Valeria Luiselli to discuss her “impossibly smart … highly readable and important” (Tommy Orange) new novel Lost Children Archive.
Paris as Textual Space
Jun 25, 2019 • 63 min
Paris as fetishised object, as lived-in place, as site of experiential process; as a written entity. Andrew Gallix and Andrew Hodgson talk literary engagement with the city of Paris, to mark the publication of two edited collections on the topic. They…
Miriam Toews on Women Talking
Jun 25, 2019 • 57 min
We were joined by Miriam Toews to discuss her “amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel” (Margaret Atwood), Women Talking.
Niven Govinden on This Brutal House
Jun 18, 2019 • 55 min
‘Vivid prose reinventing ideas of motherhood, belonging and taking us into the community of drag balls and protest, both personal and political’ Jenni Fagan We were joined by the exceptional Niven Govinden to discuss his vital fifth novel This Brutal…
Josh Cohen on Not Working
Jun 17, 2019 • 65 min
We were joined by Josh Cohen to discuss his brilliant Not Working: Why We Have to Stop, a book about how inactivity works – and how it can be a necessary and creative condition for a life worth living.
Kristen Roupenian on You Know You Want This
Jun 6, 2019 • 53 min
We were joined by Kristen Roupenian, the author of “Cat Person”—“the short story that launched a thousand theories” (The Guardian), discussing her new collection, You Know You Want This.
Tommy Orange on There There
Jun 4, 2019 • 51 min
We were joined by Tommy Orange, author of one of the most celebrated debut novels in recent years, the stunning There There.
Ayşegül Savaş on Walking on the Ceiling
Jun 4, 2019 • 55 min
We were joined by Ayşegül Savaş to read from and discuss her “quiet, intense, and moving.” (LitHub) début novel, Walking on the Ceiling.
Daisy Johnson on Everything Under
Jun 3, 2019 • 46 min
We were joined by Daisy Johnson, the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, to discuss the novel which earned her that accolade, Everything Under.
The White Review
Jun 3, 2019 • 69 min
We were joined by Daniel Levin Becker, Nina Leger and Daniel Medin to discuss the politics of translation.
Will Storr on The Science of Storytelling
Jun 3, 2019 • 38 min
We were joined by the brilliant Will Storr to unpick The Science of Storytelling.
40 Years of Granta magazine, with Ian Jack & Sigrid Rausing
May 14, 2019 • 67 min
To celebrate forty years of Granta magazine we were joined with editor Sigrid Rausing and former editor Ian Jack.
Tash Aw on We, the Survivors
May 2, 2019 • 65 min
We were joined by Tash Aw to discuss his devastating new novel We, the Survivors.
Ben Okri on The Freedom Artist
Apr 25, 2019 • 63 min
We were joined by Man Booker-winner Ben Okri to discuss his new novel, The Freedom Artist, an impassioned plea for freedom and justice, set in a world uncomfortably like our own.
Damian Barr on You Will Be Safe Here
Apr 25, 2019 • 62 min
We were joined by the wonderful Damian Barr, author of the bestselling memoir Maggie & Me, to discuss his astonishing début novel You Will Be Safe Here.
Marilyn Hacker on Blazons
Apr 25, 2019 • 43 min
We were joined by Marilyn Hacker, for a reading from Blazons, collecting a quarter century’s work by one of the most elegant and pertinent poets working in English.
Poetry in the Library: A K Blakemore & Martha Sprackland
Apr 25, 2019 • 50 min
We were joined by two cutting-edge Offord Road Books poets, A K Blakemore & Martha Sprackland.
Viv Albertine on To Throw Away Unopened
Apr 11, 2019 • 48 min
We were joined by Viv Albertine to discuss of her second volume of memoirs, the brilliant and moving To Throw Away Unopened.
Madeline Miller on Circe
Apr 4, 2019 • 59 min
We were joined by the brilliant Madeline Miller to read from and discuss her feminist slant on the Odyssey, Circe.
Yvan Alagbé on Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures
Mar 28, 2019 • 54 min
We were joined by graphic novelist Yvan Alagbé to discuss his extraordinary experiment in visual storytelling, Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures.
Par Mer et Par Terre/By Water, by Land
Mar 28, 2019 • 61 min
Par Mer et Par Terre/By Water, by Land: Transformation, Translation and Travels in Language and Culture. We were joined by Abbi Patrix, Erica Wagner and Vigga Bro for an exceptional storytelling performance and discussion in our café.
Ariana Harwicz on Feebleminded
Mar 28, 2019 • 63 min
We were joined by Ariana Harwicz to celebrate the translation of her stunning second novel Feebleminded.
John Baxter on A Year in Paris
Mar 14, 2019 • 56 min
We were joined by the incomparable John Baxter to discuss his new book A Year in Paris.
Meena Kandasamy on When I Hit You
Mar 7, 2019 • 63 min
We were joined by poet, fiction writer, translator and activist Meena Kandasamy to discuss her acclaimed second novel When I Hit You.
Special Edition Podcast: A.M. Homes reads I Am Waiting by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Feb 28, 2019 • 4 min
Throughout the month of March we’ll be celebrating the centenary of a dear friend of the bookshop, the poet, publisher, artist and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Every event this month will begin with a reading of one of Ferlinghetti’s poems, something…
Poetry with Jenni Fagan & Scarlett Sabet
Feb 26, 2019 • 50 min
This Valentine’s Day we were joined by Jenni Fagan reading from her recent collection There’s A Witch in the Word Machine, and Scarlett Sabet launching her new collection Camille.
Joe Dunthorne on The Adulterants
Feb 26, 2019 • 51 min
We were joined by Joe Dunthorne to read from and discuss his “blisteringly funny” (Paul Murray) novel The Adulterants.
Yelena Moskovich on Virtuoso
Feb 7, 2019 • 55 min
We were joined by Yelena Moskovich for a reading from her second novel Virtuoso, a dreamlike story of love and loss in the post-communist diaspora.
Freeman’s launch with Deborah Landau, Leïla Slimani & John Freeman
Jan 28, 2019 • 54 min
To celebrate the publication of the new issue of Freeman’s, we were joined by two of its contributors—Deborah Landau and Leila Slimani—for a discussion on the theme of Power, chaired by editor John Freeman.
Bruce Handy on Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature As an Adult
Jan 17, 2019 • 62 min
We were joined by Bruce Handy to discuss Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature As an Adult his profoundly pleasurable exploration of classic childhood books. In collaboration with NYU.
Catherine Barnett and Helen Schulman
Jan 15, 2019 • 59 min
To begin 2019 we were joined by poet Catherine Barnett, reading from her recent collection Human Hours and novelist Helen Schulman, discussing her new novel Come With Me.
An Evening with Michael Morpurgo
Jan 10, 2019 • 78 min
For our last event of 2018 we were joined by one of our greatest storytellers, the wonderful Michael Morpurgo.
Carol Ann Duffy on Sincerity
Dec 18, 2018 • 47 min
We were joined by Carol Ann Duffy for a reading from her extraordinary new collection of poems, and her final as Poet Laureate, Sincerity.
Poetry in the Library: James Womack
Dec 18, 2018 • 53 min
We were joined by poet and translator James Womack, whose On Trust: A Book of Lies Sean O’Brien called “a witty, eloquent, troubling collection.”
Jonathan Coe on Middle England
Dec 6, 2018 • 63 min
We were joined by the exceptional Jonathan Coe to discuss of his latest satirical masterpiece, Middle England.
Rachel Cusk on Kudos
Dec 6, 2018 • 64 min
We were joined by the brilliant Rachel Cusk for an exploration of the third book in her highly-acclaimed literary trilogy, Kudos.
Daniel Trilling on Lights In The Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe
Nov 29, 2018 • 65 min
Daniel Trilling joined us to discuss his fantastic second book Lights In The Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe, an unflinching look at the refugee crisis and its geopolitical causes.
Amit Chaudhuri on The Origins of Dislike
Nov 22, 2018 • 65 min
We were joined by Amit Chaudhuri to discuss of his essay collection The Origins of Dislike, which tackles questions of art and the artist, and the relationship between the two.
Marina Benjamin on Insomnia
Nov 13, 2018 • 54 min
We were joined by Marina Benjamin to discuss her latest book Insomnia, a beautifully written insight into the struggles of living with a sleeping disorder.
Poetry in the Library: Sophie Collins on Who is Mary Sue?
Oct 25, 2018 • 48 min
We were joined by one of the most exciting new poets of recent years, the fabulous Sophie Collins read from her highly-praised debut Who is Mary Sue?.
Laurence Scott on Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality
Oct 23, 2018 • 62 min
We were joined by the brilliant writer and academic Laurence Scott, to discuss his latest book Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality.
Annie Ernaux on The Years
Oct 11, 2018 • 65 min
Since its publication in 2008, Annie Ernaux’s The Years has captivated audiences. We were joined by Ernaux almost ten years later, as this hailed masterpiece receives its English translation. Joining the conversation was Annie Ernaux’s American publisher…
Karthika Naïr & Joëlle Jolivet on Metro Lands: Over & Underground in Mumbai & Paris
Oct 11, 2018 • 58 min
We were joined by Karthika Naïr and Joëlle Jolivet to discuss their new collaboration Over & Underground in Mumbai & Paris, a look into the arterial workings of two cities - Paris and Mumbai - that beautifully pairs Naïr’s poetry and Jolivet’s…
Fiona Sampson on In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
Oct 3, 2018 • 60 min
We were joined by Fiona Sampson to discuss her new book In Search for Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein - an insightful biography of one of the world’s most influential and innovative writers.
Gaël Faye on Small Country
Sep 27, 2018 • 47 min
To launch our autumn events season we were joined by the author of one of the most fêted debuts of recent years, Gaël Faye, discussing his prizewinning, best-selling novel Small Country.
Richard Powers on The Overstory
Sep 26, 2018 • 62 min
We were joined by the fantastic Richard Powers to discuss his latest Booker-longlisted novel The Overstory.
Patrick deWitt on French Exit
Sep 20, 2018 • 53 min
We were joined by bestselling, Bookser-shortlisted author Patrick deWitt, to discuss his brilliant and dark new novel French Exit.
Sarah Churchwell on Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream
Sep 20, 2018 • 60 min
We were joined by Sarah Churchwell to discuss her powerful and timely new book Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream.
Harriet Alida Lye on The Honey Farm
Jul 24, 2018 • 53 min
We were joined by former writer-in-residence, Harriet Alida Lye to discuss her “mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving” (Iain Reid) début The Honey Farm.
Feel Free: Nick Laird & Zadie Smith
Jul 17, 2018 • 60 min
We were joined by Nick Laird and Zadie Smith to discuss their new collections—of poetry and essays, respectively—both entitled Feel Free.
Ishion Hutchinson & Hannah Tinti
Jul 16, 2018 • 51 min
We were joined by Ishion Hutchinson and Hannah Tinti for a summer’s evening of poetry and prose.
Freeman’s Panel: With Mariana Enrĺquez, Xiaolu Guo, Nadifa Mohamed & John Freeman
Jul 12, 2018 • 73 min
We were delighted to be joined by John Freeman for an evening of discussion with another panel of brilliant writers: Mariana Enrĺquez, Xiaolu Guo & Nadifa Mohamed
Michael Moorcock, in conversation with Hari Kunzru
Jul 12, 2018 • 61 min
We were joined by one of the titans of Science Fiction, Michael Moorcock, in conversation with renowned novelist Hari Kunzru.
Jenny Zhang on Sour Heart
Jul 5, 2018 • 62 min
We were joined by Jenny Zhang, the author of one of the most lauded débuts of the last year, the “gorgeous and grotesque” (Slate), Sour Heart.
Rebecca Solnit
Jun 28, 2018 • 64 min
We were joined by writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit.
Nicole Krauss on Forest Dark
Jun 28, 2018 • 38 min
We were joined by the bestselling, twice Orange Prize-shortlisted, National Book Award-nominated, Nicole Krass, to discuss her vibrant tale of transformation and self-discovery, Forest Dark.
A View of the Empire at Sunset: Coffee with Caryl Phillips
Jun 26, 2018 • 37 min
We were joined by award-winning writer Caryl Phillips to discuss A View of the Empire at Sunset, his beautiful, heartbreaking novel about the life of Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea.
Marcel Theroux on The Secret Books
Jun 19, 2018 • 53 min
The brilliant Marcel Theroux returned to Shakespeare and Company to discuss his new novel The Secret Books.
Carlo Rovelli on The Order of Time
Jun 14, 2018 • 58 min
We were joined by world-renowned theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli to discuss his mind-bending new work, The Order of Time.
Marwan Hisham & Molly Crabapple on Brothers Of The Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War
Jun 14, 2018 • 54 min
We were joined by former S&Co Tumbleweed Molly Crabapple and, by video link-up, journalist Marwan Hisham to discuss their collaboration on the vital new work Brothers Of The Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War.
Poetry with Salena Godden and Scarlett Sabet
Jun 7, 2018 • 66 min
We were joined by two of the most formidable voices from Britain’s spoken word scene, Salena Godden and Scarlett Sabet.
Heidi Sopinka on The Dictionary of Animal Languages
May 29, 2018 • 47 min
We were joined by Heidi Sopinka for a reading from The Dictionary of Animal Languages, a thrillingly elegant yet raw evocation of a woman clawing her way to a creative life, inspired by the life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.
Desperate Literature Salon
May 22, 2018 • 48 min
We celebrated the first year of Desperate Literature’s literary prize and the launch of Eleven Stories, the collected prize shortlist, with readings from winner Ed Cottrell, runner-up Gordon Collins and shortlisted writers Jay G Ying and Georgia…
Nikesh Shukla on The One Who Wrote Destiny
May 22, 2018 • 67 min
Editor of the groundbreaking collection The Good Immigrant—a collection of writing by twenty British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers and artists reflecting on race, immigration and being ‘other’ in Great Britain, which was called “an important,…
Joanna Walsh on Break.up
May 22, 2018 • 57 min
We were joined by Joanna Walsh to discuss her boundary-pushing new work Break.up.
Amy Sackville on Painter to the King
May 17, 2018 • 56 min
We were joined by Amy Sackville to discuss her long-awaited third novel Painter to the King, a stunning fictional portrait of Diego Velázquez.
Jesmyn Ward on Sing, Unburied, Sing
May 15, 2018 • 64 min
We were joined by the 2017 National Book Award winner, Jesmyn Ward, for a reading from the powerful yet intimate, dark yet hopeful, Sing, Unburied, Sing.
Andrew McMillan: Le corps des hommes
Apr 19, 2018 • 29 min
We celebrated the publication of Le corps des hommes, a bilingual edition of Andrew McMillan’s multi-award-winning début collection, physical, translated into French by acclaimed writer Philippe Besson. In association with Editions Grasset.
Agnès Poirier on Left Bank
Apr 12, 2018 • 65 min
We were joined by journalist and writer Agnes Poirier to discuss Left Bank, her captivating portrait of those who lived, loved, fought, played and flourished in Paris between 1940 and 1950, and whose intellectual and artistic output still influences us…
Reni Eddo-Lodge on Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Apr 5, 2018 • 61 min
We were joined by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge to discuss her powerful and provocative book on race and racism in modern Britain, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.
Leila Slimani on Lullaby
Mar 29, 2018 • 52 min
We were joined by Leila Slimani, winner of the 2016 Prix Goncourt (France’s most prestigious literary prize) to mark the English release of Lullaby, the intense and gripping literary thriller, that took France by storm.
Alicia Drake on I Love You Too Much
Mar 22, 2018 • 59 min
We were joined by Alicia Drake to discuss I Love You Too Much, her sharp, beautiful novel about the loneliness of childhood set in one of the most elegant districts of Paris.
Johann Hari on Lost Connections
Mar 22, 2018 • 69 min
We discussed depression and anxiety with Johann Hari, author of the new book Lost Connections called “wise, probing and deeply generous” by Naomi Klein and “a brilliant, stimulating, radical take on mental health” by Matt Haig.
Jeremy Gavron on Felix Culpa
Mar 6, 2018 • 49 min
We were joined by Jeremy Gavron—“one of our more innovative, quietly inventive and exciting novelists” (Ali Smith)—to read from and discuss his extraordinary new work, Felix Culpa, a novel made out of lines taken from a hundred great works of literature.
Eddie Izzard on Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
Feb 22, 2018 • 61 min
In January 2018, we were joined by world-renowned comedian, actor, writer, runner, and activist Eddie Izzard. In Paris developing a brand new stand-up show (in French!), for one afternoon only Eddie Izzard swapped the comedy club for the bookstore to…
Brian Dillon on Essayism
Feb 22, 2018 • 59 min
For our second event of 2018 exploring the burgeoning yet slippery form of the essay, we were joined by Brian Dillon whose book Essayism - his essays on essays - is already considered a classic of the form.
Ariana Harwicz on Die, My Love
Feb 22, 2018 • 54 min
We were joined by Argentinian writer Ariana Harwicz, and her translator Carolina Orloff, to read from and discuss Die, My Love, a profound and bruising novel about Motherhood, womanhood, the mechanization of love, the inexplicable brutality of having…
Mohsin Hamid on Exit West
Jan 29, 2018 • 61 min
We were joined by Booker-shortlisted novelist Mohsin Hamid to discuss his urgent and lyrical new book Exit West. In association with éditions Grasset.
Sara Baume on A Line Made by Walking
Jan 18, 2018 • 52 min
We were joined by one of Ireland’s most exciting young novelists, Sara Baume, to discuss her new book A Line Made By Walking. In association with éditions Noir sur Blanc.
Poetry with John Freeman and Deborah Landau
Jan 16, 2018 • 37 min
John Freeman’s first poetry collection charts the impact of place on human experience. In Beirut, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Rome, and the foothills of a childhood hometown, Freeman navigates legacies of ruin and construction, illness and memory. Warm,…
Nathan Englander on Dinner at the Center of the Earth
Jan 11, 2018 • 44 min
Nathan Englander joined us to read from and discuss his “glorious…devastating… beautiful” (NPR) new book, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. In collaboration with NYU.
Backlisted presents: An Evening of Great Lost Books
Jan 4, 2018 • 68 min
Backlisted is the podcast that gives new life to old books - in the words of the Paris Review, “the sense that the next book I pick up could change my life.” We were joined by the show’s hosts, author Andy Miller and publisher John Mitchinson, for an…
Alex Preston & Neil Gower on As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books
Jan 2, 2018 • 54 min
We were joined by Alex Preston to discuss As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books, a visually stunning exploration of birds in literature, from Ovid to Ted Hughes.
Preti Taneja on We That Are Young
Jan 2, 2018 • 47 min
We were joined by Preti Taneja to discuss her reworking of King Lear set in modern-day India.
Philip Hoare on RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR
Dec 19, 2017 • 59 min
Philip Hoare joined us to discuss the astonishing RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR a portrait of the subtle, beautiful, inspired and demented ways in which we have come to terms with our watery planet.
Denis Hirson on Ma langue au chat
Dec 12, 2017 • 65 min
We were joined by writer Denis Hirson and musician Steve Potts for an evening of poetry and jazz.
Granta: Canada — with Falen Johnson, Catherine Leroux, Alexander Macleod and Rosalind Porter
Nov 28, 2017 • 77 min
150 years after Canada’s confederation, we were joined by Granta magazine and three leading Canadian writers to celebrate ‘CanLit’ in all its many guises.
Poetry: Margo Berdeshevsky reads Before the Drought
Nov 28, 2017 • 52 min
We were joined by Margo Berdeshevsky to launch her “marvelous, deeply humane collection” Before the Drought
Andrés Barba on Such Small Hands
Nov 28, 2017 • 57 min
We were joined by one of Spain’s most innovative fiction writers, Andrés Barba, for a reading from his deeply unsettling new work Such Small Hands.
Anne Golaz on Corbeau
Nov 23, 2017 • 51 min
For the first event of our Photobook Week 2017, and in association with Photo Saint Germain, Too Many Pictures and MACK Books, we were joined by Anne Golaz, who was in conversation with Michael Mack about her new book, Corbeau.
Pierre Senges on The Major Refutation
Nov 14, 2017 • 45 min
At the vanguard of experimental French fiction for years, Pierre Senges’s mind-blowing work is finally available to English readers. He joined us to read from and discuss his work, The Major Refutation.
Callan Wink on Dog Run Moon: Stories
Nov 2, 2017 • 48 min
To mark the French publication of Dog Run Moon: Stories by our friends at Albin Michel, we were joined by Callan Wink to discuss the collection that has seen him compared to Richard Ford, Annie Proulx, and Kent Haruf.
Poetry: Aja Monet reads My Mother was a Freedom Fighter
Oct 26, 2017 • 61 min
Poetry doesn’t come much more powerful than Aja Monet’s. She joined us to read this year’s My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter.
Will Self on Phone
Oct 26, 2017 • 50 min
We were joined by Will Self to discuss the final instalment in “one of the most ambitious and important literary projects of the 21st century” (Observer), his new novel Phone.
2017 Man Booker Prize-winner George Saunders
Oct 19, 2017 • 25 min
To celebrate the 2017 Man Booker Prize-winner George Saunders we’ve prepared this special edition of our podcast, recorded during his visit to the bookshop in March 2017. To hear the full version of the podcast visit our events archive at…
Alan Hollinghurst on The Sparsholt Affair
Oct 18, 2017 • 59 min
We were joined by Booker Prizewinning novelist Alan Hollinghurst to discuss his magisterial new work The Sparsholt Affair.
Gary Younge on Another Day in the Death of America
Oct 12, 2017 • 63 min
We were joined by award-winning Guardian journalist Gary Younge to discuss Another Day in the Death of America, his powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.
Nathan Hill on The Nix
Oct 12, 2017 • 56 min
Nathan Hill’s The Nix was one of the most celebrated début novels of the last year. We found out why when he joined us at the bookstore.
Joshua Cohen on Moving Kings
Oct 10, 2017 • 53 min
We were joined by one of the rising stars of American fiction, the brilliant Joshua Cohen.
Poetry with Adam Crothers & Kerrie O’Brien
Sep 28, 2017 • 46 min
We were joined by two of the most lauded young poets at work today, Adam Crothers and Kerrie O’Brien.
Jenni Fagan on The Sunlight Pilgrims
Sep 28, 2017 • 47 min
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Kamila Shamsie on Home Fire
Sep 28, 2017 • 59 min
We were delighted to be joined by the brilliant Kamila Shamsie to discuss her Booker-longlisted new novel, Home Fire.
Will Storr on Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us
Sep 21, 2017 • 68 min
We were joined by journalist and novelist Will Storr to discuss Selfie, his new book that tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately – our self.
Laurent Binet on The 7th Function of Language
Sep 14, 2017 • 51 min
We were joined by one of France’s most exciting writers, Laurent Binet (HHhH), to celebrate the English publication of his second novel The 7th Function of Language.
Omar Robert Hamilton on The City Always Wins
Sep 12, 2017 • 50 min
We were delighted to be joined by writer and film-maker Omar Robert Hamilton to discuss his electrifying novel The City Always Wins, set on the streets of Cairo at the height of the Arab Spring.
Sam Jordison on Enemies of the People
Sep 12, 2017 • 64 min
We were thrilled to be joined by writer and journalist Sam Jordison discussing his hilarious and scathing new book, Enemies of the People.
Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida
Aug 24, 2017 • 63 min
We were thrilled to be joined by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida at Shakespeare and Company.
Poetry: Ishion Hutchinson reading House of Lords and Commons
Jul 17, 2017 • 33 min
Poetry: Ishion Hutchinson reading House of Lords and Commons by
Freeman’s launch with Edwidge Danticat, Marie Darrieussecq & John Freeman
Jul 12, 2017 • 63 min
We were joined by renowned literary critic John Freeman to launch issue 3 of his journal, in the presence of two distinguished contributors, Edwidge Danticat and Marie Darrieussecq.
Hari Kunzru on White Tears
Jul 10, 2017 • 64 min
We were joined by Hari Kunzru to discuss his electrifying new work White Tears. Two twenty-something New Yorkers: Seth, awkward and shy, and Carter, the trust fund hipster. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Rising fast on the New…
Viet Thanh Nguyen on The Refugees
Jul 5, 2017 • 60 min
We were delighted to be joined by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016, Viet Thanh Nguyen. In association with Editions Belfond.
Katie Kitamura on A Separation
Jul 5, 2017 • 57 min
We were joined by Katie Kitamura to discuss her “riveting, unsettling and beautifully written” (Roddy Doyle) new novel A Separation.
Rutger Bregman on Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There
Jun 29, 2017 • 45 min
We were joined by visionary political thinker Rutger Bregman to discuss his groundbreaking work Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There. In association with Editions Seuil.
Colson Whitehead on The Underground Railroad
Jun 26, 2017 • 56 min
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. In association with Albin Michel. We were joined by Colson Whitehead, to discuss his “brutal, vital, devastating novel” (Observer) The Underground Railroad.
Valeria Luiselli on Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions
Jun 22, 2017 • 60 min
We were thrilled to be joined Valeria Luiselli to discuss her powerful and timely new book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions.
Nell Stevens on Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
Jun 14, 2017 • 53 min
A young would-be writer travels to a frozen island in the Falklands, with only penguins for company, to craft her debut novel … That writer was Nell Stevens, who joined us to talk about Bleaker House … not the novel she hoped to write, but the honest and…
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan on Harmless Like You
Jun 1, 2017 • 49 min
We’re delighted to welcome one of the most compelling young writers at work today Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, to discuss her début novel Harmless Like You.
Georgi Gospodinov on The Story Smuggler
May 31, 2017 • 57 min
In association with the American University of Paris, we were very pleased to be joined by one of Bulgaria”s best-known writers, Georgi Gospodinov.
Michael Rosen on The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case
May 10, 2017 • 61 min
We were joined by novelist and poet, former Children’s Laureate and the author of 140 books Michael Rosen for a discussion of his fascinating new work The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case.
Celebrating Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists
May 4, 2017 • 53 min
We were joined by Sigrid Rausing and Francis Geffard to celebrate and discuss Granta Magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists 3.
Mark O’Connell on To Be a Machine
May 4, 2017 • 61 min
We were joined by Mark O’Connell, a stunning new non-fiction voice to discuss the urgent question…what next for mankind?
A Celebration of Nairn’s Paris with Andrew Hussey
May 2, 2017 • 55 min
On the occasion of its return to print with Notting Hill Editions, we revisited a classic work about our city, Nairn’s Paris, in the company of author and academic Andrew Hussey, who penned a new introduction to the work.
Mathias Malzieu on Diary of a Vampire in Pyjamas
Apr 25, 2017 • 61 min
We were thrilled to be joined by musician and writer Mathias Malzieu to discuss his profound and moving memoir Diary of a Vampire in Pyjamas.
Carlo Rovelli on Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity
Apr 25, 2017 • 61 min
Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture? We were joined by theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli for a mind-bending discussion of his major new work, Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum…
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Apr 3, 2017 • 67 min
We were joined by one of the most celebrated and controversial writers at work today, Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the epoch-defining My Struggle and the newly published Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game.
Kapka Kassabova on Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe
Mar 30, 2017 • 58 min
We were joined by writer, poet and essayist Kapka Kassabova to discuss her timely and fascinating new work Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe.
George Saunders on Lincoln in the Bardo
Mar 27, 2017 • 76 min
We were joined by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, George Saunders to discuss his astonishing first novel Lincoln in the Bardo, as well as performing arts company Word for Word who treated us to a dramatic reading from the book. Word for Word…
Frédéric Beigbeder on Manhattan’s Babe
Mar 9, 2017 • 55 min
Writer and critic Frédéric Beigbeder joined us to celebrate the English translation of his latest novel, Manhattan’s Babe, a nostalgic and bittersweet love story that gives a fictionalized account of the true-life love story of up-and-coming writer J.D.…
Luke Kennard on The Transition
Mar 9, 2017 • 54 min
We were joined by award-winning poet Luke Kennard for a discussion of his first foray into novel writing, The Transition, a book The Guardian described as “a dystopia in a velvet glove”.
Florence Noiville on A Cage in Search of a Bird
Mar 2, 2017 • 59 min
We were delighted to be joined by author and journalist Florence Noiville to discuss her most recent novel A Cage in Search of a Bird with editor and literary critic Daniel Medin.
Edouard Louis on The End of Eddy
Feb 22, 2017 • 62 min
We were joined by Edouard Louis to discuss his exhiliarting début The End of Eddy.
Eimear McBride on The Lesser Bohemians
Feb 22, 2017 • 52 min
We were thrilled to welcome back Eimear McBride to read from her follow up to the modern classic A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, the equally extraordinary The Lesser Bohemians.
Sara Pascoe on Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body
Feb 17, 2017 • 53 min
We were joined by the author of one of our Books of 2016, writer, stand-up comedian and actor Sara Pascoe to discuss the provocative and inspiring Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body.
An Introduction to Experimental Writing with Rob Doyle
Feb 16, 2017 • 56 min
Rob Doyle, author of Here are the Young Men and This is the Ritual, offered us a whirlwind tour through the work of some of the great risk-taking, playful and inventive authors who have looked beyond conventional literary forms. Cut-ups, metafiction,…
Annabel Abbs: Why was Lucia Joyce Erased from History?
Feb 8, 2017 • 60 min
We were joined by Annabel Abbs, author of the critically acclaimed debut The Joyce Girl, to discuss the reasons why Lucia Joyce has been erased from history.
David Bellos on The Novel of the Century
Feb 7, 2017 • 58 min
We were joined by renowned translator-biographer David Bellos to discuss his captivating new work about the writing of Les Miserables, The Novel of the Century.
Poetry in the Library with Francis Coffinet & James Haenlin
Feb 6, 2017 • 52 min
For the first poetry night of 2017 we were joined by Francis Coffinet and James Haenlin. Francis and James read from two works recently published in bilingual versions in the United States: Epreuves chamaniques (Shamanesque ordeals) and Les fleuves du…
Whit Stillman on Love & Friendship
Jan 31, 2017 • 59 min
We were delighted to be joined by writer-director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) to discuss his re-imagining of Jane Austen’s novella Love and Friendship as both a book and motion picture.
Christophe Galfard on The Universe in Your Hand
Jan 19, 2017 • 56 min
Internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard joined us for a wonder-filled evening and discussion of The Universe In Your Hand, his book that became an instant classic on its publication in 2015.
Freeman’s Panel: Literature under Trump. With John Freeman, Aleksandar Hemon & ZZ Packer
Jan 11, 2017 • 83 min
For our first event of 2017, we were joined by John Freeman, Aleksandar Hemon and ZZ Packer for a discussion of how literature in the United States could be impacted by four years of President Donald Trump.
Jeanette Winterson on Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
Jan 10, 2017 • 58 min
For our final event of 2016 we were delighted to be joined by our dear friend, Jeanette Winterson, reading from Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days.
Nadja Spiegelman on I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This
Jan 10, 2017 • 53 min
We were joined by Nadja Spiegelman who discussed her compelling memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This with author and critic Lauren Elkin.
Elaine Sciolino on The Only Street in Paris & John Baxter on Saint-Germain-des-Près
Jan 6, 2017 • 55 min
Elaine Sciolino on The Only Street in Paris & John Baxter on Saint-Germain-des-Près by
Andy Miller: Read Y’Self Fitter
Jan 5, 2017 • 57 min
We were joined by author and critic Andy Miller (The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life) for an introduction to Read Y’Self Fitter, a ten-step programme to cure oneself of bad reading habits.
Dan Gunn & George Craig on The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1966 - 1989
Dec 7, 2016 • 60 min
As the monumental project to collect The Letters of Samuel Beckett came to a close, we were delighted to be joined by two of the collection’s editors George Craig and Dan Gunn to read from and discuss the fourth and final volume.
Lauren Collins on When in French
Nov 29, 2016 • 55 min
We were thrilled to be joined by New-Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins to talk about When in French: Love in a Second Language, a book that The Guardian said “brims with intelligence, humour and curiosity”.
Anne Sebba on Les Parisiennes
Nov 24, 2016 • 69 min
We were delighted to be joined by Anne Sebba at Shakespeare and Company for a discussion about her book Les Parisiennes - How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s.
An evening with Edwin Frank, editor of New York Review Books
Nov 17, 2016 • 58 min
Edwin Frank, editor of New York Review Books, and Daniel Medin, professor at the American University in Paris and co-editor of Music & Literature and the Cahiers Series, joined us to discuss the program and history of New York Review Books.
New River Press Poets
Nov 8, 2016 • 66 min
Join us as we welcome six poets from New River Press, one of the UK’s edgiest and most exciting poetry imprints.
Thad Carhart on Finding Fontainebleau
Nov 7, 2016 • 48 min
Tonight, the author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank returns with his new book Finding Fontainebleau - An American Boy in France.
Bruce Robinson on They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper
Nov 3, 2016 • 54 min
This Hallowe’en join us as we welcome the legendary writer and director of Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson, to discuss They All Love Jack, the tale of a gripping quest to discover the identity of history’s most notorious murderer and a literary high-wire…
Mary Norris on Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Nov 3, 2016 • 62 min
Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker’s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to Shakespeare and Company.
Philippe Sands on East West Street
Oct 20, 2016 • 58 min
Join us for an evening with Philippe Sands, discussing his powerful and vital new work East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney on The Nest
Oct 17, 2016 • 52 min
We’re thrilled to welcome Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney to read from her New York Times bestselling début, The Nest.
Making Sense of the US Elections: Tocqueville, Twain, & Trump
Oct 13, 2016 • 68 min
Join us for a freewheeling discussion of the 2016 elections with Lex Paulson, a veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign and U.S. Congress, currently professor of rhetoric at Sciences Po-Paris. In addition to talking through the polls and strategies of the two…
Scarlett Sabet and Nathan Loceff
Oct 13, 2016 • 41 min
Join us for an evening with two scintillating young poets, Scarlett Sabet, launching her new collection The Lock and the Key, and Nathan Loceff, launching his first book of poetry and flash-fiction Joys of the Capital.
DBC Pierre on Release The Bats
Oct 12, 2016 • 55 min
We’re delighted to welcome the 2003 Booker-Prize winner, DBC Pierre to discuss his provocative new work on the fiction-writing process, Release the Bats.
Andrew Lees on Mentored by a Madman:The William Burroughs Experiment
Oct 6, 2016 • 57 min
In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career. Lees draws on Burroughs’ search for an addiction cure to discover a…
Ann Beattie on The State We’re In
Sep 30, 2016 • 52 min
Join us for an evening with one of the masters of the short story, Ann Beattie, reading from her extraordinary new collection The State We’re In.
An evening with CB Editions: Will Eaves, Beverley Bie Brahic, Lara Pawson & Charles Boyle
Sep 30, 2016 • 59 min
We’re thrilled to be celebrating one of the most consistently innovative and interesting of independent publishers, CB Editions. Guests will include Will Eaves, Beverley Bie Brahic, Lara Pawson and publisher, Charles Boyle.
Adam Biles on Feeding Time
Sep 29, 2016 • 61 min
Our events host swaps seats for the night to read from and discuss his début novel, Feeding Time, chosen by The Observer as a Fiction Pick for 2016.
Lauren Elkin on Flâneuse
Sep 28, 2016 • 53 min
Where better than Paris to celebrate Lauren Elkin’s superb Flâneuse? Pull on your mental walking boots and prepare yourself for an intellectual stroll like no other.
Launch of Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of The Heart
Sep 27, 2016 • 98 min
Join us as we celebrate the worldwide launch of our bookstore’s very own memoir, Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of The Heart. “I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter,…
Garth Greenwell on What Belongs to You
Sep 26, 2016 • 54 min
For our first event of la rentrée join us for an evening with Garth Greenwell whose brilliant and provocative What Belongs to You has been taking the world by storm.
Zadie Smith & Robin Coste Lewis
Aug 23, 2016 • 62 min
For our final NYU event this summer we’re delighted to welcome the extraordinary poet Robin Coste Lewis and to welcome back the inimitable Zadie Smith.
Etgar Keret & Paul Muldoon
Aug 17, 2016 • 51 min
For our second NYU event of 2016 we are thrilled to welcome two of the most interesting writers at work today, Etgar Keret and Paul Muldoon.
Celebrating 50 years of Modern Poetry in Translation
Aug 10, 2016 • 72 min
Join us as we celebrate five decades of the wonderful Modern Poetry in Translation, with poets, Timothy Ades, David Constantine, Helen Constantine, Sasha Dugdale, Jennie Feldman, Nikola Madzirov, Caroline Maldonado and Stephen Romer.
Freeman’s launch with Valeria Luiselli, Aleksandar Hemon, Édouard Louis & John Freeman
Aug 9, 2016 • 63 min
For the first of this year’s events with our friends at NYU we are thrilled to be joined by John Freeman to launch issue 2 of his anthology, Freeman’s, along with three of its contributors, the hugely talented Valeria Luiselli, Aleksandar Hemon and…
Marlon James on A Brief History of Seven Killings
Jul 19, 2016 • 53 min
We’re thrilled to welcome 2015 Booker Prize Winner, Marlon James, to read from the magnificent A Brief History of Seven Killings. This event was made possible thanks to our friends at Marlon James’ French publisher Albin Michel.
The Happy Reader with Frederick Wiseman
Jul 18, 2016 • 54 min
To celebrate the launch of the summer issue of The Happy Reader we are honoured to be joined by one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, in conversation with The Happy Reader’s editor-in-chief Seb Emina.
Poetry with Sam Hamill and Salah Al-Hamdani
Jul 13, 2016 • 52 min
Join us for an evening of radical poetry with American poet and publisher Sam Hamill and Iraqi poet, actor and playwright Salah Al-Hamdani.
Olivia Laing on The Lonely City:Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Jul 6, 2016 • 56 min
We’re thrilled to be joined by one of the most interesting and innovative writers at work today, Olivia Laing, to read from and discuss her essential new work The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone.
Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
Jul 5, 2016 • 63 min
Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of America’s most acclaimed writers (who also happen to be married and parents to four children), take to our stage to discuss fiction, memoir, parenting, creativity and the overlap between them all.
Janine di Giovanni on The Morning They Came For Us
Jun 21, 2016 • 64 min
Janine di Giovanni on The Morning They Came For Us by
Marie Darrieussecq on Men
Jun 20, 2016 • 49 min
We’re very excited to welcome one of the most electrifying contemporary French novelists Marie Darrieussecq to discuss her Prix-Medicis winning novel Men.
Poetry with Martin Espada & Andrew Johnston
Jun 6, 2016 • 44 min
Our participation in the Festival Quartier du Livre continues with a night of poetry with two of the most powerful poets of the day, “the Pablo Neruda of North American poets” Martin Espada and New Zealand native Andrew Johnston.
Deborah Levy on Hot Milk
Jun 2, 2016 • 55 min
For the final event in the Festival Quartier du Livre, we’re delighted to welcome back Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy to talk about her stunning new novel Hot Milk.
Katy Masuga on The Origin of Vermilion
May 31, 2016 • 47 min
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Katy Masuga’s début novel The Origin of Vermilion.
Poetry with Jack Hirschman & Heather Hartley
May 30, 2016 • 62 min
We’re positively buzzing to be welcoming back two of our favourite poets, Jack Hirschman and Heather Hartley to read from, respectively,The Viet Arcane and Adult Swim. Very different in their poetic style, Jack and Heather are both known for the power and…
The Art of Criticism - Edmund Gordon in conversation with Lauren Elkin
May 18, 2016 • 57 min
For this month’s installment of the Art of Criticism we’re delighted to welcome Edmund Gordon, lecturer in literature and creative writing at King’s College London and a regular reviewer for a variety of UK publications including the Sunday Times, the…
Sarah Bakewell on At the Existentialist Café
May 17, 2016 • 63 min
Where better to discuss Sartre, Beauvoir, Existentialism and apricot cocktails than Shakespeare and Company? And who better to converse with than Sarah Bakewell, author of the superb At The Existentialist Café.
Claire-Louise Bennett on Pond
May 10, 2016 • 52 min
We’re delighted to present Claire-Louise Bennett on her extraordinary and highly-praised debut collection, Pond (Fitzcarraldo Editions), currently shortlisted for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize.
Don DeLillo on Zero K
May 6, 2016 • 17 min
To mark the forthcoming release of Don DeLillo’s astonishing Zero K, we’ve prepared this special edition of our podcast, recorded during his visit to the bookshop in February 2016. To hear the full version of the podcast visit our events archive at…
Frédéric Lenoir on Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide
May 4, 2016 • 54 min
What is happiness? If anybody has the answer, it’s French philosopher Frédéric Lenoir, here tonight to discuss his best-selling investigation Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide, recently published in English.
Granta Magazine: New Irish Writing with Sara Baume, Lucy Caldwell, Sally Rooney and Sigrid Rausing
Apr 29, 2016 • 56 min
We’re thrilled to welcome Granta Magazine to Shakespeare and Company to launch the 2016 spring issue, New Irish Writing. It is not only a celebration of Ireland’s exceptional writers but also a snapshot of where a rich and independent literary tradition…
A Celebration of Shakespeare with Alan Riding and Friends
Apr 29, 2016 • 64 min
It doesn’t take much to convince us to celebrate Shakespeare, so we couldn’t let the 400th anniversary of the bard shuffling off his mortal coil pass without raising a glass to the be-all and the end-all of English literature. Join Master of Ceremonies,…
Emma Beddington on We’ll Always Have Paris
Apr 29, 2016 • 56 min
We’re delighted to celebrate the launch of Emma Beddington’s warm and witty memoir We’ll Always Have Paris, a book for anyone who has ever worn a Breton T­-shirt and wondered, however fleetingly, if they could pass for une vraie Parisienne.
Man Booker International Prize Panel with music by Lail Arad
Apr 29, 2016 • 72 min
Join members of the Man Booker International Prize panel just days after the announcement of the shortlist of the competition that celebrates the best in international fiction. We’re on brand new territory tonight as, for the first time, the £50,000 prize…
Alex Pheby on Playthings
Apr 12, 2016 • 63 min
We’re delighted to host Alex Pheby to read from his historical “neuronovel” Playthings currently shortlisted for the prestigious Wellcome Book Prize. Paul Schreber is a man who wants to go home – but can’t. He is a man crippled by an illness he doesn’t…
The Art of Criticism - Dr. Jane Goldman in conversation with Lauren Elkin
Apr 7, 2016 • 60 min
For this installment of the Art of Criticism we are delighted to welcome Dr. Jane Goldman. Poet, critic, and Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Jane Goldman is the author of a number of studies of Virginia Woolf and modernism…
Ben Rawlence on City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Mar 22, 2016 • 64 min
At a time when the plight of refugees is making the front pages on a daily basis, join us for an evening with author and researcher Ben Rawlence who will be discussing his essential new book City of Thorns.
Poetry in Translation with Seamus Hogan & Nikola Madzirov
Mar 21, 2016 • 48 min
Tonight we’ve paired up a fantastic poet and translator to read from and discuss their work.
Chloe Aridjis and Homero Aridjis on The Child Poet
Mar 16, 2016 • 51 min
The Child Poet is an evocative memoir of a child’s dreams, in a stunning translation by the author’s daughter. A celebration of the poet’s life before 1951. Imminent fatherhood helped revive memories that had, for two decades, lain dormant. This work,…
Sandra Spanier on The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 3
Mar 16, 2016 • 63 min
We’re delighted to welcome Professor Sandra Spanier, General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway to celebrate the publication of Volume 3. This book covers the years 1926 - 1929 a period of particular interest to any fans of…
Dominique Fabre on Guys Like Me
Mar 15, 2016 • 27 min
Few people know Paris like French author Dominique Fabre, which is why we’re so delighted to welcome him to read from his minutely-observed novel, Guys Like Me, a beautiful ode to our city.
Writers on Writers: Ithamar Handelman Smith presents David Vogel
Feb 29, 2016 • 55 min
We’re excited to launch a new series of events. Writers on Writers, in which one author sings the praises of another. To kick us off, Ithamar Handelman-Smith, writer, columnist and filmmaker will present poet and novelist David Vogel, author of Viennese…
Don DeLillo
Feb 22, 2016 • 61 min
We are honoured to welcome author Don DeLillo in the run-up to the launch of his latest novel Zero K. Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Zero K, Underworld, Falling Man, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the…
Paul Ewen on Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author
Feb 18, 2016 • 55 min
Would you like to know how to be a public author? Francis Plug has the answers. At least, he has some answers. Find out what those are as Plug’s alter ego, Paul Ewen, reads from a novel The Sunday Times called, “A brilliant, deranged new comic creation……
James Shapiro on 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
Feb 15, 2016 • 61 min
What better way to kick off commemorations of 400 years since the Bard’s passing with one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare scholars James Shapiro, talking about his compelling new book 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear.
Rob Doyle on This is the Ritual
Feb 10, 2016 • 56 min
Following on from the success of his first novel, Here are the Young Men, join as as Rob Doyle reads from his provocative new short story collection This is the Ritual.
Yelena Moskovich on The Natashas
Feb 5, 2016 • 46 min
We’re thrilled to introduce Yelena Moskovich, in store to present her much-lauded and intoxicating debut, The Natashas.
Steve Toltz on Quicksand
Jan 29, 2016 • 52 min
We’re delighted to welcome Booker-shortlisted author Steve Toltz to read from his brilliantly anarchic second novel, Quicksand. This event has been organised in association with Steve’s French publisher, Belfond.
Coffee with Darragh McKeon
Jan 29, 2016 • 53 min
Join us for our first ever coffee morning in our new café. We are delighted to welcome Darragh McKeon. Born in 1979, Darragh grew up in the midlands of Ireland. He has worked as a theater director and lives in New York. His first novel All That Is Solid…
Jean-Philippe Blondel on The 6:41 to Paris
Jan 25, 2016 • 56 min
We’re excited to welcome French writer Jean-Philippe Blondel to read from the English translation of his bestselling novel The 6:41 to Paris.
Luc Sante on The Other Paris
Jan 19, 2016 • 55 min
Join writer and critic Luc Sante as he takes us on a vivid journey across the seamy underside of Paris, and discover how the working and criminal classes shaped the city over the past two centuries.
Freeman’s launch with Aleksandar Hemon, Ishion Hutchinson, Etgar Keret and Kamila Shamsie
Jan 12, 2016 • 64 min
Join us as we kick off our 2016 events programme with a stunning line-up of writers, here to celebrate the launch of Freeman’s, a new journal of the best new writing. Hosted by NYU and John Freeman the event will feature contributions from Aleksandar…
Ethan Hawke on Rules for a Knight
Jan 7, 2016 • 34 min
We are very excited to welcome actor and author Ethan Hawke to read from his beautiful new book Rules for a Knight. All swords to be checked in at the door!
John Baxter on A Paris Christmas
Dec 21, 2015 • 51 min
Join audience favourite John Baxter as he regales us with memories of yuletide dinners past from A Paris Christmas. A delicious seasonal treat!
Naomi Klein on This Changes Everything
Dec 21, 2015 • 32 min
In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, her most provocative and optimistic book yet, Naomi Klein has upended the debate about the stormy era already upon us, exposing the myths that are clouding the climate debate. You have been told the…
The Happy Reader Salon
Dec 16, 2015 • 65 min
Join The Happy Reader and Penguin Books for the launch of issue 5, the 2015 winter issue. This season the magazine is caught up in a fascination with department stores in general, and the magic of Émile Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames in particular. This…
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on The Cosmopolites
Dec 14, 2015 • 48 min
As all eyes turn to Paris for the COP21 Climate Conference, we’re excited to introduce journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian speaking about her new book The Cosmopolites - The Coming of the Global Citizen.
Joanna Walsh on Hotel and Vertigo
Dec 7, 2015 • 56 min
We’re delighted to welcome Joanna Walsh, who will be discussing her two recently published titles, Hotel (Bloomsbury) and Vertigo (Dorothy Project). This event will be chaired by writer and critic Lauren Elkin.
Poetry with Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Nair
Nov 23, 2015 • 54 min
Drawing on two decades worth of award-winning poetry, Marilyn Hacker’s generous selections in A Stranger’s Mirror include work from four previous volumes along with twenty-five new poems, ranging in locale from a solitary bedroom to a refugee camp. In a…
Jeanette Winterson on The Gap of Time
Nov 9, 2015 • 64 min
Jeanette Winterson on The Gap of Time by
Writing the City: Jon Day, Lara Feigel, and Lauren Elkin
Oct 28, 2015 • 57 min
Writing the City: Jon Day, Lara Feigel, and Lauren Elkin by
Ben Aitken on Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island
Oct 28, 2015 • 53 min
Ben Aitken on Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island by
Anthony Sattin on A Winter on the Nile
Oct 26, 2015 • 57 min
Anthony Sattin on A Winter on the Nile by
Philosophers in the Library: Launch of Salvage
Oct 14, 2015 • 69 min
Philosophers in the Library: Launch of Salvage by
The Art of Criticism: Juliet Jacques in conversation with Lauren Elkin
Oct 14, 2015 • 56 min
The Art of Criticism: Juliet Jacques in conversation with Lauren Elkin by
Karen Mulhallen and Nancy Huston on Code Orange
Sep 28, 2015 • 47 min
Karen Mulhallen and Nancy Huston on Code Orange by
Eimear McBride on A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
Sep 23, 2015 • 46 min
Eimear McBride on A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by
Max Porter on Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
Sep 15, 2015 • 53 min
Max Porter on Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by
Christos Tsiolkas
Sep 10, 2015 • 60 min
Christos Tsiolkas by
Paul Murray on The Mark and the Void
Aug 4, 2015 • 21 min
Paul Murray on The Mark and the Void by
Zadie Smith and Nick Laird
Jul 9, 2015 • 56 min
Zadie Smith and Nick Laird by
Lydia Davis and Jonathan Safran Foer
Jul 6, 2015 • 61 min
Lydia Davis and Jonathan Safran Foer by
Geoff Dyer
Jul 3, 2015 • 52 min
Geoff Dyer by
Greg Proops on The Smartest Book in the World
Jun 17, 2015 • 54 min
Greg Proops on The Smartest Book in the World by
Maureen McLane (feat. A Tribute to Wallace Stevens)
Jun 5, 2015 • 49 min
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