Chasing Sylvia Beach
Original Impulse Books
Chasing Sylvia Beach celebrates the world of Sylvia Beach, the plucky American who moved to Paris in 1919 and opened Shakespeare and Company bookshop, the first English-language lending library and bookshop in Paris. Chasing Sylvia Beach tells the dual stories of this American heroine and Lily Heller, a contemporary woman who dreams of her own heroic life. Author Cynthia Morris was working at an independent bookstore in Denver when she read about Sylvia Beach. “I was struck by Sylvia’s commitment to books, to the people who write them and read them. It wasn’t easy to keep her bookshop open. She faced many of the same challenges booksellers know today.” Despite the anxiety caused by recent shifts in the publishing landscape, people are still reading books, and Morris’s heroine Lily Heller is a hopeful bridge between booksellers past and present. Chasing Sylvia Beach is an ode to books and booksellers in every era. Cynthia Morris is also a coach, speaker, and author of the how-to guideCreate Your Writer’s Life.