"On Wednesday 14th December, 2011, George Whitman died peacefully at home in the apartment above his bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, in Paris. He died two days after his 98th birthday."On my first visit to Paris, my mum took me to see Shakespeare & Company. In a lovely spot overlooking the Seine, this is no ordinary bookshop. Tucked in amongst the rows of shelves, beds and blankets wait for any stranded writers who may need a place to lay their head. In exchange for this unorthodox accommodation, visitors simply have to give a few hours of their time, helping in the shop. I've always sort of wanted to stay there, just for the romance of the idea, even though I can perfectly well afford a more comfortable bed in a hostel or hotel.
— from shakespeareandcompany.com
So it was sad to hear of the passing of George Whitman, who founded this Parisian institution. However, his daughter is continuing to run the shop in the same manner, and for as long as the tradition continues, I'm sure George won't be forgotten by the literary community. And if you're in the city, why not pop in and enjoy the atmosphere for yourself?