"Romeo & Juliette in Paris"

pastel 20" x 13" 2004

While exploring the Latin Quarter in Paris, I found the beloved bookshop now called Shakespeare and Company, rich in history. The original store, founded by Sylvia Beach at a different location, was frequented by Joyce, Hemingway, Stein and was forced to close during the war. This current shop, founded by George Whitman, continues the tradition of being a haunt for writers and artists. It was named after the original, along with our Berkeley store and others noted on the sign. On this stage next to the Seine, a little romantic drama began to unfold and I caught it with my camera. This is my ode to St. Valentine and graces the February 2004 issue of the East Bay Monthly. ( for history and visuals, see www.shakespeareco.org )