Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bouquinistes

Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

I heard a really interesting story on NPR this morning about the book sellers who ply their wares on the banks of the Seine in Paris. These people are known as bouquinistes, which I guess means booksellers? I don't really know because I don't speak French. Anyway, rather than steal the story and represent it as my own, I will just point you to the article on the NPR website, here. The audio for the produced for radio version of the story will be available around 9 AM EST.

Anyway, the whole thing also reminded me of an awesome group of bloggers I know. The Bookanistas. Well, I don't actually know all of them, but I do know some of them. Here is a list of links to their blogs in case somehow, for some crazy unknown reason, you haven't heard of them:

Myra McEntire
Michelle Hodkin
Lisa and Laura Roecker

So there you go. Enjoy the article, check out the Bookanistas and have a great day! I'm off to work on something for my crit group.

28 comments:

Shannon said...

Thanks for the links, Matt. All really great Bookanistas!

I'll be sure to check out the article later.

Have a great day!

Shannon

Christina Lee said...

Of course, sounds uber romantic b/c it's French--ha!

Angela Ackerman said...

Nice shout out for the blogging Bookanistas!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

DEZMOND said...

now you could organize a trip for all of us to go together and visit those booksellers near Seine in Paris.

Lisa of In Pencil said...

That's a great article. Kind of sad about the Chinese invasion though.

Kristi Helvig said...

I love NPR! I'll have to check the article out later--the picture is awesome. :)

Kelly said...

Why does everything look/sound better in French?
Even french fries are better than plain potatoes! ;)
And the American Bookanistas are indeed awesome!

Melissa Gill said...

Oh to be in Paris, shopping for books, drinking coffee in a little cafe. Thanks for the links.

Ann Best said...

Thanks for the people links! I'm spending a few days finding new friends in blogger land, so this is wonderful!
Ann Best, Long Journey Home

LTM said...

wow, cool! I'll have to check out the report. Now that I don't commute, I miss their quirky stories~

Booquinistes = fashionistas??? I mean, it is Paris after all. ;p

Old Kitty said...

Oh to be French and living in gay Paris!! Straight Paris too of course! LOL!

Anyway nuff of my silliness!! Go the bouquinstes - however it's pronounced! It's sure to be sexy and very ooh-la-la!!!!

Take care
x

Colene Murphy said...

Awesome! Thanks Matt!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Literature: another reason why Paris is such a romantic city. Thanks for the article, Matthew!

K. M. Walton said...

Cool & The Bookanistas are quite the group!

Elana Johnson said...

Oh my heck! We're famous in France! LOL! Great article, and thanks for giving us a shout out.

Joanna St. James said...

This is why I strongly believe I should get a book deal. I am surrounded by all of these amazing literature and scenery it will be absolutely impossible to write a horrible book

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know most of those ladies!

ali said...

The Bookinistas rock!

Myra McEntire said...

AWWW! You are so awesome to mention us! I'm glad I found your blog!!

Lynnette Labelle said...

Thanks for the links. I'm already following most of these guys, but some of them are new to me.

Lynnette Labelle
www.labelleseditorialservices.com
http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Lisa Potts said...

What a wonderful article! Now if I could only find someone to whisk me off to Paris to enjoy it in person.
Thanks for the link.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Maybe that's what I should do with my life...

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I remember seeing those stalls, but I had no idea they were in such straits! How sad. And how sad they have to revert to selling all the boring, mass produced stuff now!

But how cute that our name is so close. I honestly had no part in naming the group, so can't take a lick of credit. But thank you so much for mentioning us! You are such a sweetheart. <3 <3

JM Leotti said...

Thanks for the link and the mention of the Bookanistas. Um, should I mention I haven't heard of them? Well, I'm a newbie to the blogosphere, so am I excused? :-D

Jemi Fraser said...

The Bookanistas are a terrific group of people!!

Rose Cooper said...

awesome! I know of them, didn't know all the people who made up the group, so this is great. Thanks for the links!

PS- I added your name as character in my book. I changed the last name slightly :)

Christine Fonseca said...

Hey - thanks for the shout out Matt! And the link! Hope crit group was fab.

Anonymous said...

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