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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

June 12-14
The Salon du Vinatge is always a fun event in Paris, whether you're shopping for clothing, accessories, vinyls, and home decor, or just to hear the retro DJ tunes and the festive atmosphere. Free entry, at the Halle des Blancs Manteaux (48 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd). 

June 12-14
The Portes d'Or is a chance for all the artistic workshops in the Goutte d'Or (18th arrondissement) to open their doors to the public. Over 80 painters, sculptors, jewelery-makers and many others who live and work in the Goutte d'Or wish to share their creativity. Please come support the community and experience these unique productions. 

June 13-14
The artists of the 5th (Mouffetard) and 13th (Butte aux Cailles/Gobelins) districts knows as Lézarts du Bièvre open their studios to the public for two days, 2-8pm. Free entry. Info points and maps here.

June 14
Get out your fancy hats and picnic baskets for the annual Prix de Diane races at Chantilly Hippodrome (just 45 minutes north of Paris from Gare du Nord). Read more about the event here. 

June 21
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the original owner, Nicolas Fouquet. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and sword-fighting shows. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €17. 

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English Book Shops in Paris

The Abbey Bookshop
29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 5th
M° St-Michel or Cluny-La Sorbonne
Tel 01 46 33 16 24

www.abbeybookshop.net

Canadian expat Brian Spence runs this independent bookshop specializing in new and used books from Canada (in French and English), the UK and the US . He’ll be happy to help you navigate the densely stacked shelves (on two floors) to find what you’re looking for, and can special order books if he doesn’t have them in stock. It’s a great Latin Quarter alternative to that “other” book store around the corner. You may even see me among the stacks of books sipping coffee in winter (Brian always has a pot on for visitors) or procrastinating on a stool outside in the summer. Many author readings and social events are organized throughout the year in partnership with the Canadian Club (the schedule is usually posted on the shop door).

Shakespeare & Company
37 Rue de la Bucherie, 5th 
M° St-Michel
Tel 01 43 26 96 50

http://shakespeareandcompany.com/

Open since 1951, this independent, second-handbook shop is the successor of Sylvia Beach’s original Shakespeare & Co. in St-Germain-des-Prés, which closed during the Nazi occupation. The founder, American expat owner George Whitman, passed away in 2011, passing th store onto his daughter, Sylvia Beach Whitman. They still provide free bunk space in the shop’s library for visiting artists and writers. New and used books, as well as a read-only library upstairs.

The Red Wheelbarrow
Closed in 2013

WH Smith Paris
248 rue de Rivoli, 1st
M° Tuileries or Concorde
Tel 01 44 77 88 99

www.whsmith.fr

This is one of the largest English book stores in Paris (an independent branch of the British bookstore chain), with an impressive magazine selection and English food products upstairs. They host regular author events and readings for free if you get on their mailing list (on the website).

San Francisco Book Company
17 rue Monsieur le Prince, 6th
M° Odéon
Tel 01 43 29 15 70

www.sanfranciscobooksparis.com

A huge used book store on the Left Bank, with the followng categories: "Pocket-book mysteries, fiction, and science fiction, Trade paperback and hardcover fiction, Poetry, plays, theatre , film, music and art, Science, history and philosophy, psychology and sociology, Business and economics, Cooking, sports, children's and travel, First editions, rare, collectible ephemera and more."

Berkeley Books of Paris
8, rue Casimir Delavigne, 6th
www.berkeleybooksofparis.com

I haven't visited this relatively new second-hand bookshop yet, but I've heard they have a good selection of literary fiction and poetry. Buy, sell, or trade your quality English and American books here.

Brentanos 
37 Avenue de l'Opéra, 2nd
This historic bookshop closed in 2009, then reopened with a new owner in February 2010. Only 40% of the shop is devoted to English language books, and the rest of the store is for Paris souvenirs, post cards, etc. 

Galignani's
Rue de Rivoli, 1st

I'm only putting them in here so you don't think I "missed" a spot. But as long as there are other shops selling English books in Paris, you won't see me in this store. Bookstores can't afford to be rude to their quickly-dwindling client base. 

Tea & Tattered Pages
Closed in 2012

Village Voice
Closed in 2012

Discount French Books

Browse the Latin Quarter bookshops for French classics or art and design books on sale. A good place to start is under the ubiquitous yellow canopies of Gibert Jeune at Place St-Michel (M° St-Michel), with several stores dominating the intersection. Many of the discounted books are stacked on tables outside, but there’s also a small English-language section (look for “Langues et Letters”). This is a great place to get inexpensive French notebooks and stationary, as well.

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