“Why are there beds situated at different corners of the store?” I asked Monsieur Mercier, the cashier at the Shakespeare & Co, bookshop.
“It is available for writers to stay a night in Paris for free. Are you a writer, and will like to stay the night?” he enquired.
Surprised by the man’s response, I expressed, “I am a writer but I’ll have to decline your kind offer.”
He enquired, “What genre of books do you write?”
“My memoirs,” I answered. “Although, they’re often classified under ‘Erotica’ because of their controversial and provocative content.”
The monsieur resumed, “What is your author name and the titles of your books?”
“A HAREM BOY’S SAGA; A MEMOIR BY YOUNG. There are four books already published but there will be 5 – 7 books in the series,” I declared.
I was astonished when he promulgated, “I believe we have your books in the store. Are the titles: INITIATION, UNBRIDLED, DEBAUCHERY and TURPITUDE?” I nodded in exhilaration that my books are available in Paris best-known English bookstore.
The Frenchman led me through a series of book covered towers and narrow pathways, stacked full of the written word. Finally, Mercier pulled out four thick volumes of A HAREM BOY’S SAGA; A MEMOIR BY YOUNG. When he handed the books to me, my palpitating heart nearly leapt out of my chest.
“I read all of them. What an intriguing teenage life you led. I wish my school had a secret programme like yours,” the teller quipped. “When is the fifth volume available?”
“I’ll be working on Book V – METANOIA, upon my return to Maui,” I informed.
The man said smilingly, “I’ll be following your saga.”
He continued, “Our store is a focal point of English literature in Paris. Anais Nin, Henry Miller, and Richard Wright are frequent visitors. We also host literary activities, like: poetry readings, writers’ meeting, book readings, writing festivals, literature festival, photography workshops, writing groups, and Sunday tea.
“Ms. Sylvia Whitman, the owner may invite you for a book reading at our store.”
“That will be delightful. Unfortunately, my ‘hubby’ and I are in Paris for a short time. Maybe, upon our return in December 2017, we can arrange a book reading session,” I suggested.
Before we left Shakespeare & Co., Monsieur Mercier and I exchanged contact information. Hopefully, upon my next visit to the City of Love, I’ll meet Madam Sylvia Whitman with a book reading gig in place.
Bernard Foong (aka Young)
A HAREM BOY’S SAGA; A MEMOIR BY YOUNG
(a 5 – 7 book autobiographical series)
A HAREM BOY’S SAGA (series) - Film Option Agreement signed with UK Film production company.
A HAREM BOY'S SAGA - I - INITIATION; A MEMOIR BY YOUNG is currently in film pre-production.