On June 14 Elaine Lewis gave a reading and signed her new book, Left Bank Waltz, at the Abbey Bookshop. It’s a true story about her struggle to open — and keep open — the Australian Book Store on the Quai des Grands Augustins, 6th:
From the publisher:
At a time in her life when friends were retiring and spending time with their grandchildren, a night out in Paris while she visited her musician son inspired Elaine Lewis to dream of a daring venture in this most enchanting of cities. Her vision was more than just fanciful. After doing the necessary research and groundwork, Elaine packed her bags and left Australia to open, on the Left Bank, the first Australian bookshop in central Paris.
But when some bumbling and nasty French bureaucrats threatened to close down the shop, Elaine and her many staunch supporters were faced with a battle against the establishment that quickly became stranger than fiction .
A huge turnout for the reading.