William Alexander, a New Yorker, is the author of Flirting with French, in which he chronicles his often-hilarious attempts to learn French at the age of 57. Samantha Vérant, a Chicagoan/Californian, is the author of Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir, in which she chronicles how she jets off to France to reconnect with a Frenchman she'd met over twenty years ago, ends up marrying him, and moves to France. Recently they had an online chat comparing their experiences learning -- and speaking -- French.
This month, news from the Paris Book Award, NanoWriMo, Shakespeare and Company, Celso Ganzalez-Falla; Christodoulos Makris , Freke Räihä, Carole Birkan, Will Cox, Peter Watson, Mah Jones, Alexandre des Isnards, Leslie Clack, Tony Stowers, Vanessa Place, Marc Perrin, Alex Danchev, Christophe Dickey, William Strangmeyer, Paris Lit Up, Ralph Bismargi, Alice Notley and more (update ongoing, images to come)
Shakespeare and Company is expanding! Larger premises, a new website, exciting new projects! Paris' preeminent independent English-language bookstore bursting with creative energy - a boon to Paris writers and readers! Bravo, Sylvia and David!
The winner of the prestigious and highly competitive Paris Book Award for 2014 is Robert Harris' An Officer and a Spy. This thrilling - and according to historians - accurate account of the Dreyfus scandal is an absolute must read, as much for the entertainment pleasure as for the stunning revelations. Highly recommended.
Random House Germany, Diana Verlag, has purchased the German language rights to Marie Houzelle's oustanding debut novel, Tita. Congratulations, Marie!
DESERT RAGE, the eighth in the Lena Jones series, grabs you and doesn’t let go. Private Investigator Jones, who grew up in foster care, uncovers the truth behind the brutal murder of a Scottsdale doctor, his wife, and their 10-year-old son. Jones isn’t just taking on this seemingly hopeless task for the money. She has a personal stake in finding the real killer. Like Lena herself, the young man accused of the crime is a foster child. That makes her doubly determined to overcome harassment and physical threats until she can get to the truth.
Marylee MacDonald sat down with writer Betty Webb and learned that she’s planning two more books in the Lena Jones series, and then she’s off to Paris, the setting for a new series with a different sleuth.
An interview with Judith Starkston about writing historical fiction.
Classicist Judith Starkston writes historical fiction. Her new novel, Hand of Fire, is set against the backdrop of the Trojan War. What is historical fiction? How to blend fact with imagination? Which rules of the genre must be observed? We asked Judith to share some insights into historical fiction.
Segments are long - usually nearly 15 minutes - detailed and amply documented. And they attack, with intelligence and wit, the most horrific abuses of the current American Republic: massive shakedowns by police; cable monopolists' attack on the internet; the terrifying mess that is our nuclear arsenal. Why, one wonders, weren't these stories brought to our attention earlier?
If you are a reader/writer who would like to interview one of the authors of the books below, please contact me about publishing the interview in the Author on Authors series!
If you read French and have a particular interest in cheating husbands or the future of France, don't miss France's hottest bestseller of them all, Trierweiler's ferocious tell-all Merci pour ce moment. (More on how the former first girlfriend evaded French censors here.) Also, just released, bad boy French expat and immense talent Gerard Depardieu's memoirs, Ca s'est fait comme ça. In English, hot new titles include Flirting with French, How to be a Parisian, Tita, French Pastry Murder, Mademoiselle: Coco Channel, My Grandfather's Gallery, Murder in Nice and more! (see below)