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Got a book in your bag? Louis Vuitton opens Paris literary salon

October 18, 2012|By Carolyn Kellogg
  • Known for luggage like this "Speedy" bag, Louis Vuitton is branching out to books with a new Parisian literary salon.
Known for luggage like this "Speedy" bag, Louis Vuitton is branching… (Loius Vuitton )

Literature and luxury-goods lovers, get thee to Paris. Louis Vuitton is opening a literary salon and gallery there today, organized around the theme "L’Ecriture est un Voyage" -- in English, "Writing is a Journey." Art is on the walls, books are for sale and literary conversations are on the calendar.

The exhibit includes Ed Ruscha's "On the Road" works, inspired by and derived from Jack Kerouac's classic road novel. The exhibit and salon are temporary; they'll remain open only through Dec. 31.

Until then, the salon plans to hold weekly literary conversations -- apparently about books and art with a traveling bent, Le Figaro reports. Artist Marie-Ange Guilleminot and actress Juliette Gréco are among those who will headline the conversations.

The salon is located in a neighborhood with a long literary history, at 170 Boulevard Saint-Germain. WWD explains that it is "Situated between Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots -- two storied cafés whose famous habitués included Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus."

After the salon is over, the location will become part of an expanded Louis Vuitton boutique. The space was previously occupied by a jeweler and La Hune, a historic Paris bookstore.

Never fear; La Hune has survived. It has moved to a corner a block away. The nearby bookstore will come in handy; some guests at the Louis Vuitton literary salon may be looking for books about something other than travel.

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