Penelope Fletcher, the bookseller

Penelope Fletcher was born on an island off an island off an island in the Salish Sea (off Turtle Island) and opened her first bookstore when she was 19 years old. Her passion for the publishing and literary world eventually brought her to Paris where she raised her three children in a house full of books and stories.

Penelope Fletcher first The Red Wheelbarrow bookstore on right bank of Paris, in the Marais in 2001. The bookstore brought readers, writers, and artists from many corners of the world and created a common space for a passionate reading community. The store continued to build a culture of community, trust, thoughts, ideas, and a passion for reading until it closed its doors in 2012.

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Penelope Fletcher at the old bookshop location in the Marais. Photograph by Richard Nahem.