An Interview with Linda Fallon of de Selby Press, Publisher of “Dubliners” – A Begorrathon 2015 Post


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I interviewed Linda Fallon of de Selby Press about the publisher’s Dubliners project.

Fallon is head book buyer at the famous Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company, which has always been something of a Ground Zero for literary ex-pats in the city.

Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at the original Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris
Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at the original Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris

The most famous Irish literary ex-pat is of course James Joyce, who I’ve written about before as the Poster Boy for Irish Emigration.

Publishers Linda Fallon and Terry Craven at the launch of "Dubliners" at Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Publishers Linda Fallon and Terry Craven at the launch of “Dubliners” at Shakespeare and Company, Paris

There is a strong literary connection between Ireland and France, and de Selby Press – named after a character in Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman – was founded by Fallon and another Shakespeare and Company bookseller, Terry Craven, “to continue that tradition, publishing Irish writers, publishing French writers translated into Irish, publishing any impractical incarnation of Franco-Hibernian wordiness that appeals to us.”

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Fittingly, de Selby Press’s first project is a work by Joyce: a beautifully-illustrated, limited edition of Dubliners. It was published last year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the book, after a crowdfunding campaign to launch the project.

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I received my copy in the post a while ago and wrote about it here.

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5 thoughts on “An Interview with Linda Fallon of de Selby Press, Publisher of “Dubliners” – A Begorrathon 2015 Post

  1. I like the idea that the books will be substantial, beautiful, physical things, and that they are aware of the need to make them so. I still buy books, but I also buy e books occasionally, rather than pay ten times more for the same thing with a random photo on the cover. When they are more appealing, attractive volumes, I am happy to pay more to own the actual book.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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