Where else in Paris can you listen to an intimate conversation, in English and in French, with Dave Eggers, the brilliant and generous editor, publisher, activist, educator, and author of such works as What is the What, Zeitoun, The Circle, Hologram for a King (recently translated into French) and, of course A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius?
Paris Writers know, of course, of the American Library in Paris, Shakespeares, the Irish Cultural Center, Carrs, the Abbey Bookshop, WICE, the Mona Bismarck and many other outstanding venues. But the Maison de la Poésie is, despite its excellence and fame within the French writers community, much less well known among English-speaking writers.
In the heart of Europe, cartoonists, free speech advocates and Jews are under attack again. Our hearts are with the people of Denmark, and all who struggle to defend the values of a democratic, open, and tolerant society.
Lizzie Harwood, the talented Paris writer and editor originally from New Zealand, knows something about the expat life. Before settling down to raise a family in Paris she worked in many unusual places, the kind of places that, in challenging identity, can push a girl "beyond the pale". In her highly entertaining debut, Triumph: Collected Stories of Gone Girls and Complicated Women, Lizzie draws inspiration from this experience to the delight of readers.
My heart is too full to speak of these events at present. I can only hope that the appropriate response will be found. People in France and in many cities around the world are marching in solidarity, and this is heartening. But the darkness is very dark.
My daughter rolled her eyes when I got her a new Paperwhite to replace her old Kindle (purchased years ago when first invented), but new research on sleep disruption due to backlit screens (iphones, ipads, computers) makes me an even stronger partisan of the Kindle Paperwhite. It's simply much nicer to read on than the ipad, Kindle Fire, smartphones, PC or Mac screens or any tablet I've tried.
Here are the reasons why I prefer the Kindle Paperwhite to all other reading devices (except an actual book beautifully printed on high quality paper)