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Chance brought the two owners together at a used-book sale at San Franscisco Book Co Novato, California. Jim Carroll of San Francisco's Carroll's Books had wanted a bookstore in Paris for some time and Phil Woods, a longtime Bay area book collector, wanted something to do in Paris.

They made a deal and Woods came to Paris in the fall of 1996. He took classes at the Sorbonne and dived into the murk involved with the starting and operation of a business in France.

Tidy shop on a tidy street; near where it happened before 78 years ago.

Slyvia Beach's shop was not just a book store - it was a place to meet other people who were interested in books; and at the time it was also possible to meet the authors of books, because they used the shop too. It is possible that a lot of authors still live in the Latin Quarter. It is also possible that they are 'momentarily financially distressed' too and will get their books from this new shop - and perhaps hang around for a bit of chit-chat as I did.

The San Francisco Book Co. opened on Saturday, 4. October 1997 at 17. rue Monsieur-le-Prince, near métro Odéon. If you like books and you are in a hurry to get someplace, do not use rue Monsieur-le-Prince as a speedy shortcut.

Some Events: All Old Stuff

Two for One: The city of Paris, known locally as the Ville de Paris, has a little operation going which involves getting two places at concerts for the price of one.

In French it says, 'Take a place, come with two.' I don't think they mean for you to share a seat, so it is a 50 percent reduction offer. Exactly what it's good for I don't know, but you can find out by calling 01 42 78 44 72. This operation continues until Sunday, 18. January.

Exhibitions About to Close:

The 'George de la Tour' show ends its run on at the National Galleries du Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées-Clemanceau, on Monday, 26. January.

The Havemeyer Collection at the Musée d'Orsay finishes its run on Sunday, 18. January.

'Pajou - Sculpteur du Roi' at the Musée du Louvre, will be letting in its last viewers on Monday, 19. January.

The Musée du Château de Fountainbleau has been showing off a selection from Napoléon's library of 2,378 volumes he had at Elba to while away the time he was there from May of 1811 to February 1815. The exhibition has been on since the end of October 1997 and ends on Monday, 19. January. Info. Tel.: 01 50 71 50 77.

Coming Attractions: New 'Grand' Exhibitions

Musée du Louvre: the 'Lemme Collection' of 17th and 18th century portraits: opens on Friday, 13. February.
Musée d'Orsay: 'Manet, Monet, the Gare Saint-Lazare' opens on Thursday, 12. February.
There are 12 other 'Grand' exhibitions scheduled to open in Paris, mostly between March and the end of June.

One Year Ago, Metropole Ran Its First Issue for Two Weeks:

Issue 2.01/2.02 - 6. January 1997 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Jumps a Week' and count-down eiffel 'Au Bistro' had - 'Big Blah on TV, Big Crowd in Real Cold.' The articles in the issue were 'Paris - In The Future Recent - A Short and Fast First Mini-Tour of 1997' - 'Paris - In The Passé Recent - Highs and Lows of the Last Grand Tour of 1996' and 'The Half-Price Dress of Your Dreams - 'On Sale' in Paris May Be Better than 'Wholesale' Elsewhere.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 719 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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