Françoise ‘Zyl’ Zylberberg, French professor and faculty member of National Taiwan University, founded le Pigeonnier in 1999. Over the three decades that she lived in Taiwan, until her death in 2010, she fervently reached out to the Taiwanese public conveying her love of French literature and culture. Her former associate and dear friend, the designer Li-Fen Sophie Hong, who is now at the head of Zyl’s project, is responsible for the continuation of her legacy.
Le Pigeonnier is the only francophone bookstore in Taipei that also serves as a publishing house and cultural center for events and activities. Le Pigeonnier extends itself to the public with reading workshops, lectures, concerts, and poetry readings. It also organizes artistic happenings and sponsors dance programs. All such activities are offered in a warm and friendly ambiance, providing a haven for authors and readers to meet where their passion for French culture and language can be shared.
The bookstore’s collection is currently comprised of about 16,000 titles, ranging from large oversize volumes to the more standard. An expansive variety is offered specializing in French and Chinese literature, Cuisine, Social Sciences, Art and Pop-up books. A selection of comics has been added for young and mature audiences while the music and cinematographic media has expanded. New additions to existing subjects are updated every two weeks. Because Le Pigeonnier is eager to help its customers with their requests, an ordering service is now in place without any additional charge.
To conclude, not only is Le Pigeonnier extremely important as a liaison between French and Taiwan culture it is also a very important participant and presence in Taipei’s annual International Book Exhibition (TIBE), where collaborations with the International Bureau of French Publishers (BIEF) and the French Bureau of Taipei (Bureau Français de Taipei) lead to amazing book sales, lectures, and book signing events featuring guest authors.
We all look forward to seeing you at Le Pigeonnier!