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George Whitman: Founder of Iconic Paris Bookstore Shakespeare and Company Dies Aged 98

Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Art News, Read A Book | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on George Whitman: Founder of Iconic Paris Bookstore Shakespeare and Company Dies Aged 98

Shakespeare and Company - George Whitman

George Whitman, the founder of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris – an iconic English-language literary hub and writers’ refuge in the heart of the French capital – has died at the age of 98.

Shakespeare and Company - Store Front Outside“George Whitman died peacefully at home in the apartment above his bookstore,” the store said in a statement.

“George suffered a stroke two months ago, but showed incredible strength and determination up to the end, continuing to read every day in the company of his daughter, Sylvia, his friends and his cat and dog,” it said.

Across the Seine from the Notre Dame Cathedral in the famously literary Latin Quarter, Shakespeare and Company has been known to generations in Paris as a haunt of aspiring writers.

Visiting authors and students would work in the shop, sleep in the stacks, and soak up Paris’s literary atmosphere.

Mr Whitman founded the store as Le Mistral in 1951, later renaming it after the previous Shakespeare and Company owned by Sylvia Beach, which in the 1920s was a gathering place for writers including Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. READ MORE


Mariachi Music Gets World Heritage Listing

Posted: November 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: ART, Art News, Tune | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mariachi Music Gets World Heritage Listing

Mariachis Muertos credit Sean Patrick TraverMexico’s Mariachi music has been added to UNESCO’s – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – list of “intangible cultural heritage” in need of preservation.

Meeting in Bali – Indonesia – from 22 to 29 November, 2011; the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage inscribed 11 new elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 19 on the Representative List of the Inangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

UNESCO recognized Mariachi music “for delivering values of respect for the natural heritage of Mexico” Read the full article »»»»