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This venerable shrine is a must on any Parisian literary tour. Run by George Whitman for some 60 years before he passed away in 2011 at 98, today it is helmed by his daughter, Sylvia, who was named for Sylvia Beach (who founded the original bookshop in 1919). Many a legendary writer has stopped in over the decades for tea; many an aspiring author has camped out in one of the back rooms (Whitman liked to think of this store as a “writer’s sanctuary”). Today, Whitman‘s presence is still felt at this historic bookshop, which sells used and new books. Check the website for ongoing readings and other events.