59 Rivoli, legendary six-story squat in central Paris, is home for the next location of the Paris launch party. Here, film-maker Sam Gordon talks to Kate Beaver, volunteer at 59, about how this building evolved from a bank, to a squat, to one of the most visited and vibrant arts centres in Paris.
Come one, come all, come celebrate the launch of the 12th issue of Her Royal Majesty, international literary and arts journal. On May 11, 2012, there will simultaneous launch parties across the world. Take your choice between seven sites of revelry: Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.
I first met Lendl Barcelos by the fountain in the Place Saint Sulpice. This is the same square that Perec exhausts in his book Tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu Parisien, but this is not important.
When I found out that George Whitman had died (peacefully, in his bed above the bookshop he founded in 1951) I started writing a list of all the people I met at or through Shakespeare & Company who have changed my life in some way. I stopped when I reached thirty, but could have continued.
Under the gilded ceilings and embossed marble of Le Carmen, hotel particulier South of the brashy neon-lights of Pigalle, Emma-Klara Sandberg practices her performance before the launch party of the 11th issue of Her Royal Majesty (1 November 2011).