My loyalties though are still with Red Wheelbarrow. By a nice chance the Guardian gave away a free "literary guide to Paris" on Saturday, featuring a useful 7km circular walk round where we were staying. The supplement described the Red Wheelbarrow as having "arguably... the best selection of literature and serious reading in Paris". I don't think there is much argument and this busy and friendly shop between the Marais and the Seine is the place to go for new hardbacks and paperbacks from North America, the UK and the "open market" whereby books only out here in hardback are available in trade editions there.
My purchases were two only, the Paris Magazine from Shakespeare and Great House the new novel by Nicole Krauss, from the Red Wheelbarrow . The latter was mostly read in the Jardines de Luxembourg - yet another middle-aged to elderly man in flat cap sitting reading and dozing in the sun for several hours. Life has had worse moments. This was Lowdham Book Festival on Tour's fourth trip abroad - to Dublin for James Joyce's centenary, a combined Amsterdam/Copenhagen cruise, a Nile cruise in the past - though the first I was able to go on. Next time, Venice, accompanied as in Amsterdam and Paris by Chris Ewan, author of the Good Thief series.