About Paperback Paris

A community for you, by you.

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Paperback Paris is made up of a society of readers who write about all things book-related. Established in November 2016, we write stuff for readers who appreciate books, news on books, book reviews, and occasional bookish content (ex. monthly TBR lists, staff recs, etc.) and other stuff for your perusal if you aren’t reading a good book already. In which case, don’t be stingy!

Signs this is the community for you:

  • You’re a reader.
  • You like talking about books with friends and joining in on bookish convos.
  • You’re all about honest, unbiased book commentary with a casual comic tang.
  • You display a morbid yet rational contempt of the following: your 9 to 5, those girls (or guys) who always get one of your wet dreams, the everyday drag of adulthood.
  • The only thing that pacifies you is a good book to escape everything and everyone.

If this sounds like you (especially that last part) then it may amuse you to join our cult sit with us!

Signs this is NOT the community for you:

  • You are literally the opposite of everything listed above.
  • You take book talks too seriously (there’s a boundary), so much so that you’re apt to say blatantly offensive things to anyone with an opposing opinion.
  • You’re a bully, in which case, that’s what witch hunts were made for.

The goal: As it relates to community and commentary, Paperback Paris considers itself a judgment-free zone, a haven for writers and readers with thought-provoking opinions. In short, we have a zero-tolerance policy for assholes of every variety.

Sure, we are serious about free expression but not in the way of brooding hatred, prejudice or mistreatment. Given today’s current climate, this is the last place on the Internet where being a douche will be allowed. Play nice, read always, and enjoy the community.

Paris Close, Author at Paperback ParisBeyonce, behind the scenes

Thinker by day and Andy Cohen’s dream harlot by night, Paris Close is a writer, editor, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Paperback Paris.

In 2014, Paris climbed out of the chasm of higher education, where he bartered quips for a B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing and journalism from Aquinas College. From 2010 to 2014, he acted as a staff writer, culture editor, and editor-in-chief of the institution’s bi-weekly gazette, The Saint.

In a former, mislaid life, Paris was also a poet.

In April 2014, he became a finalist for the American Academy of Poetry Prize for his poem “Survival,” originally published in the Spring 2014 edition of Aquinas’ fine arts student publication, The Sampler. Paris has also had several other works appear in The Sampler, including poems “Reverie” (2011) and “Dandelion” (2013), the latter of which was written in remembrance of his departed canine, Tasha.

Following Aquinas, Paris has since worked as an entertainment, dating and lifestyle writer for a plethora of publications and media outlets, including emcBlue, University101, byDevan, Crushable,  Elite Daily, PuckerMob, TeenPopCrush and Billboard Pride.

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