Parisians in Profile: Jérôme Callais, Bouquiniste on the Seine

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Parisians in Profile: Jérôme Callais, Bouquiniste on the Seine
This is the second in an exclusive series of illustrated “Parisians in Profile” about Parisians from all walks of life, created by journalist Emma Jacobs. Here we feature Jérôme Callais, head of Paris’s Cultural Association of the Bouquinistes, the booksellers whose stalls line the Seine river. Filled with antiquarian books, vintage prints and postcards, these green stands are a centuries-old tradition and an iconic part of the Parisian landscape. Quotes have been lightly edited for length and clarity. If you have suggestions of people you’d like to see featured in future installments, please leave them in the comments section below.

Lead photo credit : "Parisians in Profile: Jérôme Callais" by Emma Jacobs

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Emma Jacobs is a multimedia journalist in Paris. Her work airs on American and Canadian radio and podcasts and has appeared in publications including The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. You can follow her sketches around the city on Instagram @emma.sketches and also find her on Twitter @ecjacobs.


  • Michael James
    2016-12-30 09:57:56
    Michael James
    No disrespect to M. Callais but I guess the most famous bouquinistes are Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre. Though I don't imagine they still tend their stall since their novels have been very successful. Here is the Wiki entry:
    Claude Izner is the pen-name of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre, both booksellers on the banks of the Seine in Paris, who jointly write the popular "Victor Legris" series of crime novels. Legris is a bookseller in late 19th-century Paris who is also an amateur detective. The books were originally bestsellers in France, and are now published in the UK by Gallic Books.
    Could be interesting to have a bit more information on these intriguing authors (who have a sizeable English-lang readership).