This month, news from Anne Korkeakivi, Cara Black, Best Paris Stories, Her Royal Majesty, Lisa Burkitt, Mark Strand, Gilles Weinzaepflen, Sean Cole, Stephane Hessel, Elaine Sciolino, Tom Byrne, Spoken Word, Tama Carol, Margo Hammond, Nachid Rachlin, Marilyn Waite, Zoë Skoulding, Lily Tuck, Darren Frey, Edward Giradet, Kate Tempest, Jeanette Winterson, Chris Pavone, Kate Staples, SOS Help, David Lebovitz, Cat Jahnke, Heather Stimmler-Hall, and the Paris Writers Workshop!
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NEWS and NEWS BOOKS
We are delighted to announce the publication of An Unexpected Guest, by friend and Best Paris Stories Judge Anne Korkeakivi. An Unexpected Guest was included in Library Journal's list of "especially promising" debut literary novels for Spring 2012, and was an April book pick by Good Housekeeping. You can read about Anne's "first time" reading in front of a large audience and (in the WSJ!) about the challenges of dealing with foreign languages in fiction. Watch for our upcoming interview!
The distinguished mystery writer Cara Black (also a Best Paris Stories Judge!) will receive the Medaille de la Ville de Paris! In addition, her new book (the 12th!), Murder at the Lantern Rouge was a Publisher's Weekly starred review.
BEST PARIS STORIES will be issuing Kindle singles for several of the short stories in the anthology, a practice pioneered by The Atlantic Monthly, with a story "Folding Paper" by Anne Korkeakivi, mentioned above)!
SELECTED LITERARY EVENTS
(for events in French and more poetry and music, see the Paris Reading and Event List)
Tue 3 April, 2012 7:00 pm –- Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.S. poet laureate Mark Strand will read AT Village Voice Bookshop
Tuesday 3 April 19h30 AAWE and MESSAGE @ The Library Panel discussion about the transition from maternelle or pre-school children moving up to CP.
3 April 19h30 Ivy Writers Paris invites you to a bilingual reading in French and English with Gilles Weinzaepflen (French), Sean Cole (American) and Susana Gardner (Swiss-American). AT: « Le Next »17 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles
Wednesday 4 April 19h30 Stephane Hessel will discuss ‘Indignez-Vous’ and the movement he spawned. Evenings with an Author: American Library in Paris
4 April, 18h Almost Invisible: Paris Former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer-winning poet Mark Strand AT The Grand Salon The American University of Paris 31 avenue Bosquet 75007, Introduced by faculty members Neil Gordon and Jeffrey Greene, with bilingual reading and discussion. For reservations: [email protected] or [email protected]
Wed 4 April, 2012 6:30 pm – PARIS -- Elaine Sciolino, author of La Séduction: How the French Play the Game of Life , Am Cham Paris
Wed 4 April, 2012 – PARIS - AUP - Why Artist's Books? 7:00 pm, American University of Paris
Thursday 5 April 19h30 Talk About Art: Tom Byrne explores the history of & how to become a gallerist in Paris. American Library in Paris
Saturday 7 April 10h00-19h00 Used Book Sale at the Library only on Saturday this month. American Library in Paris
9 April 20h onward: SpokenWord Paris: Open mic in English, open to all languages. AT: Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes.
Tuesday 10 April 19h30 Close-ups: Film through the Ages - Tama Carroll presents Musicals Part 2, The Next Generation. American Library in Paris
Wednesday 11 April 19h30 Earth Day talk, featuring Marilyn Waite, who will discuss world-wide water resources. Evenings with an Author AT The American Library
11 April 19h Poets Live celebrates the international quarterly Poetry Wales, with editor Zoë Skoulding and contributors to the magazine from Wales and Paris AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris Metro : Tuileries
11 April 9:00pm until 3:00am The Book Club at Le Carmen: On The Road At Cafe Carmen 22 Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris -"What books did you bring?" The question could seem incongruous here, amidst the sex-shops of the Paris 9th. And yet: across the high threshold of an unmarked wooden door, you enter a candle-lit, almost fairytale like décor, with painted ceilings and plaster angels observing the scene from on high. Near the entrance, a human-size birdcage greets guests. Read more about Rosa Rankin Gee's and Jethro Turner's incredible event for booskters in Paris Nightlife Goes Literary.
Thursday 12 April 19h30 National Book Award winning author Lily Tuck presents ‘I Married You For Happiness.’ Evenings with an Author AT The American Library
12 April 18h Philosophers in the Library: Lectures and discussion (no experience necessary) Our new series in the library starts off with Darren Frey On God and Evil: The History of Theodicies. Darren Frey graduated in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and in Religious Studies at Harvard University. He has taught Philosophy and Religious studies at Emerson College and Deep Springs College, and now lives in Paris. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel
12 April 19h Edward Girardet who will discuss his latest book, Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of Reporting in Afghanistan, published by Chelsea Green. AT Village Voice Bookshop
16 April 19h Kate Tempest, one of the UK’s most thrilling young performance poets, AT Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel
16 April 20h onward: SpokenWord Paris: Open mic in English, open to all languages. AT: Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/
19 April 19h Jeanette Winterson, one of the world’s great storytellers, will talk about her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel
19 April 19h Chris Pavone will present and sign his novel The Expats AT WH Smith
20 April 16h Chris Pavone, author of new spy thriller The Expats, "captures in wonderful detail the texture of expatriate living while delivering a riveting story of great-game deceptions wrapped inside the smaller deceptions of marriage" * Note signing-only AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel
23 April 20h onward: SpokenWord Paris: Open mic in English, open to all languages. AT: Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes.
25 April 15h Bring your children (2-6 year-olds) to the library at Shakespeare and Company for an hour of music, songs and stories in English (for all nationalities even those who don't speak English!). Led by the magic Kate Stables, mum and singer/songwriter from This is the Kit. There will be instruments to play and noise to make! Then for children over 7 years, there will be a game club afterwards with cards, scrabble, uno and many more games you might be tempted to play... * 3-4pm Music, rhythm and stories with Kate from This is the Kit (kids’ hour in the Library): For 2-6 year-olds (siblings welcome too) with parents. 4 euro donation appreciated. *4.30pm-5.30pm Games Club for 7yrs and up. 2 euro donation appreciated. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel
29 April 18h Come to SOS Help's special benefit evening - the owners of the restaurant Verjus have kindly donated their premises, and other sponsors have donated appetizers and desserts. There will also be entertainment : a talk by David Lebovitz, music from Cat Jahnke and Heather Stimmler-Hall as MC. At 60€ per person your evening includes: "Apéro dinatoire" with wine and appetizers, a talk by David Lebovitz, music by Cat Jahnke, MC'd by Heather Stimmler-Hall. All proceeds benefit SOS Help,the emotional support line in English. Tickets on sale via online: www.soshelpline.org AT: Verjus Restaurant 47 rue Montpensier, 75001, Paris Métro: Pyramides
29th.April 19h30 : Andrew Auerbach: "The Novelist" (stage play in English) AT CARRS
30 April 20h onward: SpokenWord Paris: Open mic in English, open to all languages.. AT: Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes.
WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS
May 3-6 Write your own version of "A Moveable Feast" while staying at a Loire Valley chateau. Join U.S. book critic and travel writer Margo Hammond for a travel memoir workshop May 3-6 that includes writing sessions and publishing tips. Cost of 950 euros covers three nights at the chateau, two group lunches, a group dinner and morning classes held in the chateau's orangerie. Details:historicrentals.com/seminars.
June 24-27, 2012 Paris Writers Workshop (PWW) This year’s writers-in-residence faculty are: Samantha Chang (Novel), Kate McMullan (Writing for Children/Young Adults), Mimi Schwartz (Creative Nonfiction), Kathleen Spivack (Poetry), Christopher Tilghman (Short Story). ( Click here for more information on faculty and presenters.) The workshop will be held at the American University of Paris. Find out more at www.pariswritersworkshop.org or email [email protected] The special discounted early bird rate is available until March 31. Workshops traditionally fill up quickly.
August 1-14-12- Nahid Rachlin's Fiction Workshop (open to memoir), in Assisi, Italy, at Art Workshop Interational. Write, Revise, Polish, in Assisi, Italy, August 1-14, open for credit and non-credit. For more details about Nahid's course click here. For general info about Art Workshop Internationalclick here. COST: 2 weeks: EARLY BIRD—$4,560 ($351 per day); after April 18, 2012—$4,785 ($368 per day) the price includes lodging, shared double room with bath in an air-conditioned four-star hotel, breakfast, four-course dinner, tuition, instruction and studio, lectures, and all gratuities, pick up from airport.
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
Tale of Three Cities - Deadline April 18, 2012
Paris Literary Prize - Deadline September 1, 2012