Published on 2013-05-11 02:56:21
What France needs, more than a man of incessant action, is a calm yet steely explainer-in-chief, someone who can put France's troubles in context, carefully showing how France got into them and how France can get back out.
But for that to happen, Fra
Published on 2013-05-04 02:41:55
This month, news from Peter Gumbel, Barry Kirwan, Nancy Kricorian, Roderick d'Entrac, Cathy Altman Noquet, Douglas Kennedy, Nathalie Bassand, Edward Rutherfurd, Ann Saul, Rupert Thomson, Elena Nesti, Elliot Perlman, Elena Nesti, Ben Fountain, Kate N
Published on 2013-04-18 14:44:20
Jennie Fields, author of "The Age of Desire", talks with Anne Korkeakivi, author of "An Unexpected Guest", about Paris, women in publishing, and the challenges of making Edith Wharton have sex. A Paris Writers News interview.
Published on 2013-04-18 02:16:31
How to ensure kids loath poetry and will never attempt to write another line? It's easy. A private French middle school shows us how in four easy steps.
Published on 2013-04-01 06:15:04
Literary events, workshops, and new books from Paris Writers : April 2013 update
Published on 2013-03-29 03:23:00
Health care costs three to ten times more in the USA than in France. Angiograms, routine office visits, angioplasty, bypass surgery - the list goes on and on. Ezra Klein summarizes health care cost differents in Twenty One Graphs.
Published on 2013-03-26 10:11:17
Since the Cyprus crisis, download of Bitcoin apps has exploded. What is a digital currency? Ten years before Bicoin was invented, Neal Stephenson gives us a foretaste in Cryptonomicon.
Published on 2013-03-21 03:21:05
Winner of the Freedom in Fiction Prize with nearly 100 five star reviews on Amazon, All Different Kinds of Free is Jessica McCann's debut novel. A Paris Writers News interview.
Published on 2013-03-17 00:16:06
Paris may be cold and gray, but it seduces with terrific literary events, efficient mass transit, and chickens so fresh they're scary.
Published on 2013-03-01 09:02:25
GlassesThis month, news from Marilyn Hacker, Alfred Corn, Jennifer K. Dick, Will Inrig, Kate Noakes, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Dot Devota, Brandon Shimoda, Zachary Schomburg, Jenny Colgan , Roger Hoeberichts, Roderick Ford, Angela Bartie, Eleanor Bel
Published on 2013-02-18 12:24:32
When Neil Nimmo hauled back on the joystick to point the nose of his Lancaster bomber into the night sky on April 10, 1944, the average life expectancy for RAF bomber crew was just two weeks .In Perilous Moon: Occupied France 1944, Neil Nimmo's eldes
Published on 2013-02-11 03:28:38
Horsemeat scandal - Facebook and twitter users mock agribusiness' pretentions to quality in these images.
Published on 2013-02-06 09:45:29
Berna Huebner's documentary film I Remember Better When I Paint, broke new ground in exploring how art can improve the lives of Alzheimer's patients. Berna and her co-producers have been advocating tirelessly in the past three years in the Alzheimer'
Published on 2013-01-28 06:11:48
Barbarro Navarro's decades-long interest in the peoples of the Amazon rain forest inspired her first illustrated book for children, "Amazon Rainforest Magic: The Adventures of a Yanomami Boy". Based on her experiences with the Yanomami communities l
Published on 2013-01-17 05:01:07
Art collector Peter Silverman has an eye. And it told him that a "German, early 19th century" portrait was not what experts said. He bet $19,000 on this intuition, and, in a development that stunned the art world, was proved right. Leonardo's Lost P
Published on 2013-01-16 04:12:38
With Paris real estate prices being what they are, my books should pay rent. If they won't, I'm afraid they'll have to go. Help! Adopt a book?
Published on 2013-01-15 01:10:50
Why is France in Mali? Journalist Thomas Hofnung of the French daily Libération explains.
Published on 2012-12-31 02:10:22
This month, news from Anne Carson, Kati Marton, Cameron Silver, Cynthia Morris, Lisa Reznik, Theasa Tuohy, Tracy Metz, Rosemary Flannery, Timothy Jay Smith, Fred Coleman, Philip Labro, The Young Authors Fiction Festival, The American Library in Paris
Published on 2012-12-23 00:12:24
Published on 2012-12-21 03:41:00
What does the massacre of little children have to do with teachers' pensions? Only this: the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.was a major investor in the company that funded - and profited from - the manufacture and sale of the murder w
Published on 2012-12-16 02:08:00
Some Christmas gift ideas on books from Paris.
Published on 2012-12-14 03:18:04
Once a year, in November, the elected councilors of our little French town, their spouses and key city functionaries dress up fancily and climb in a bus together to be whisked (if a bus whisks) to an undisclosed location to visit something of interes
Published on 2012-12-12 03:51:37
Sunday, 16th December 2012 at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents the second reading of a play by Andrew Auerbach The Writers Carr's Pub & Restaurant 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris Metro : Tuileries. Paris Events
Published on 2012-12-10 04:07:35
This month, news from the White Review, Parislitup, the American Library in Paris Book Award, Linda Lappin, Thirza Vallois, Jacques Testard, Adam Biles, Benjamin Eastham, Fred Coleman, Christian Lorentzen, Craig Taylor, Heather Hartley, Jacques Emil
Published on 2012-12-08 07:59:24
Award-winning author of “Katherine’s Wish” and “The Etruscan,” Linda Lappin talks with Pamela Leavy about inspiration, writing and the immense impact of ebooks on publishing. A Paris Writers News interview.
Published on 2012-12-05 06:28:00
THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS BOOK AWARD will be given to the best book of the year in English about France or the French-American encounter. Nominations are now open for books published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. 5000 USD prize.
Published on 2012-12-03 03:51:58
Adam Biles is the author of GREY CATS (3 AM Press), runner-up in the 2011 Paris Literary Prize for best novella and of THE DEEP (bilingual edition by Editions de la Houle). In this interview, he talks with Paris Writers News about
Published on 2012-12-02 02:44:34
FLASH: The new Paris Lit Up Magazine is putting out a call for submissions. Deadline date is 28th February 2013. More information on the Paris Lit Up site: http://parislitup.com/publications/
Published on 2012-11-27 03:02:15
In The Marcel Network Fred Coleman tells the true story of a young French couple in German-occupied France who saved 527 children from Nazi gas chambers.
Published on 2012-11-26 02:26:59
France launches an ad campaign to attract foreign investors while at the same time threatening to drive them out of the country and nationalize their factories.
Published on 2012-11-20 02:35:36
Paris writer John Pearce is the author of the bestselling TREASURE of SAINT-LAZARE, "a novel of murder, betrayal, and greed -- and of love lost and found". This week we talk with John about looted art, seventy-year old mysteries, and the art of wri
Published on 2012-11-13 14:51:23
The question : "How should airlines treat larger passengers?" is anything but simple. Readers of The Economist propose solutions.
Published on 2012-11-09 04:23:53
Eager to adapt her epistolary practices to those of the French President, our correspondent resolves to sign all letters "Friendly" from now on.
Published on 2012-11-05 09:26:16
This month, news from Alice Notley, Joe Ross, Amy Hollowell, Elyane Dezon-Jones, Lillian Allen, Rosemary Flannery, Sassafrass Lowrey, Sousan Hammad, Alena Mealy, Jackson Connor, Chloe Rash, Rachel Neilsen, Lucy Hopkins, Bill Griffin, Dr. Michael Conn
Published on 2012-11-03 01:33:26
Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe wants to ban older cars. But his critics say focusing on heavy polluters might lower pollution rates faster.
Published on 2012-10-31 03:35:41
Paris writers, do not despair that France's bestselling book is currently Cinquante Nuances de Grey. Despite this blow there is much cause for celebration. A sampling of exciting books coming out in English this fall from Paris writers. Angels of
Published on 2012-10-29 04:06:16
French safety agency refuses to replicate Professor's Séralini's study of Monstanto NK603 corn, saying it's too difficult to study the number of rats necessary for statistically valid results over a two year period. Joël Guillemain "expert à l'Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire," denounced Séralini's two year study of of genetically modified Monstanto NK603 corn as statistically inconclusive because it followed only 200 rats, while saying studies of the necessary number of rats would [..]
Published on 2012-10-24 03:32:33
Guillaume Serina, a French journalist based in LA, has covered the Obama campaign for numerous publications. His newest book, "Obama face aux 9 plaies de l’Amérique," analyses the most urgent challenges facing the president. Interview by Dominique Godrèche.
Published on 2012-10-21 01:00:00
In an unsigned declaration, six French academies (Agriculture, Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences, Technology, Veternary Something) claim they do not need to conduct an "expertise approfondie" into Professor Séralini's study of Monsanto's NK603 because "studies have already been carried out by specialized institutions. Who signed this declaration? Which commission within each academy was responsible? Was there a report? Did the members of each academy vote? (Were they even informed?) Who, exactly, ar [..]
Published on 2012-10-20 01:09:24
If you thought that poetry had lost its power or that twitter was just a fad for young people - look again.
To sum up in one word all the changes of position of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, someone coined "Romnesia". Twitter has, in an instant, transformed itself into the world's largest poetry slam, as tweeters (twitternauts? twit?) rival each other in ingeniosity.
Published on 2012-10-19 04:19:02
In a new career move, Arnaud Montebourg models for Made in France. But who will hassle Indian billionaire investors, small French manufacturers, dying car industries and world company profiteers while he's busy posing?
Published on 2012-10-08 01:39:17
Professor Séralini, author of Tous Cobayes, a book denouncing health dangers of GM corn In a two-year study, a team of French researchers led by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini found that rats fed Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” corn developed significantly more tumors...
Published on 2012-10-01 06:45:43
TThis month, news from Anca Metiu, D.T. Max, Marjorie Williams, Anne Korkeakivi, Adam Biles, Anne Marsella, Stephen Dau, Gerald Fleming, Kate Noakes, Laurel Zuckerman, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Claude Moisy, Paula Deitz, Syvia Whitman, Krista Halverson, Jema Brinel, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky, Kate Kemp-Griffin, Anne Marsella and Stephen Dau, and poet Gerald Fleming, Liza Klaussmann Lisa Samuels, Rémi Bouthonnier and Sunjeev Sahota. In honor of the upcoming presidential elections [..]
Published on 2012-09-30 04:23:19
The PIIGS have a lot of debt coming due in next three years. More, possibly, than the ECB could deal with. Dauphine professor Jean-Yves Lefevre asks why markets seem so upbeat in such a context. Are we heading towards a new 1929?
Published on 2012-09-29 01:30:00
The French health care system is not perfect, but it is very, very good. It covers basically everyone, lets you choose your doctors, and either reimburses or pays up front a large portion of all necessary care - including outstanding coverage of major health catastrophes. A single payer system, its administrative costs are low.
Published on 2012-09-26 21:34:58
Kate Noakes is a prize-winning and widely published poet who set up Boomslang Poetry to facilitate poetry readings and workshops in the UK. Kate’s first collection, Ocean to Interior, was published by Mighty Erudite Press in December 2007 and Kate’s second collection, The Wall Menders, is published by Two Rivers Press in 2009. Interview by Lisa Burkitt for Paris Writers News.
Published on 2012-09-24 04:31:00
Writing classes in Paris. Registration is now open for WICE's fall session of creative writing classes in English. Classes include: write-in, writing science fiction, travel writing, tools of the trade, writing about Paris, give the reader what he/she wants, and flash fiction.
Published on 2012-09-19 03:20:44
FESTIVAL AMERICA : SEPTEMBER 20-23, 2012 Nobel-Prize winning author Toni Morisson at 2012 Festival America Festival America ranks with the best literary events in Paris - even though it takes place in the nearby town of Vincennes! Top authors from...
Published on 2012-09-17 14:12:56
TF1 News Report "Why are we so terrible in English" September 17, 2012 20h
Published on 2012-09-13 23:44:02
Paris visitors, don't miss this opportunity to visit behind the scenes at some of Paris greatest - and most elusive - sites during the famous "Journées du Patrimoine", this Saturday September 15 and Sunday September 16!
Published on 2012-09-07 23:27:45
It is perfectly understandable that the agribusiness, drug and chemical industries prefer not to focus on the health impact of consuming pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in our food. What is not clear is why NYT writer Roger Cohen fell for it.
Published on 2012-09-05 05:14:16
This month news from the Paris Literary Prize, Festival America, Joanna Biggar, Stephen Clarke, Marie Houzelle, Jane Handell, Noel Riley Fitch, the PAN Art Show, Russell Shorto, Joanna Biggar, Lex Paulson, Stephen Clarke, Mary Duncan, Mel Chase, and much, much more. (Update ongoing....)
Published on 2012-09-04 23:56:33
The deadline for submission to the 10,000 euro Paris Literary Prize for best novella has been extended to September 15, 2012.
Published on 2012-08-13 01:07:59
Ten tips for getting the most out of your trip to Paris: restaurant rules, saying hello and goodbye, how to make requests, strange French beliefs
Published on 2012-08-07 01:26:37
François Hollande's twitter account Social media rules! At least that's what politicians have heard. Including French ones. So François Hollande, president of France, has a twitter account. 434,078 followers, hanging on every tweet. How cool is that? The challenge is:...
Published on 2012-08-02 02:36:11
French journalist Dominique Godrèche talks with Richard Grant, author of God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre, recently published in France by the acclaimed French indie publisher 13E Note Editions as Un Gringo dans la Sierra Madre.
Published on 2012-07-31 23:37:53
Janet Hulstrand, educator, author, and founder of Writing from the Heart offered in Essoyes, France talks with journalist Pamela Leavy on teaching, coaching and the writer's craft
Published on 2012-07-31 11:02:40
Video of a young woman being harassed and verbally agressed by men as she walks through a "poor neighborhood" in Brussels. Women's rights under attack every day in Europe, and no government is lifting a finger to stop it.
Published on 2012-07-12 03:18:48
Paris Expats come register to vote in the 2012 American Presidential Elections!
At Shakespeare's and Company Bookstore
Today! Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:00pm until 7:00pm
Published on 2012-07-09 15:06:06
Lydia D'moch's lovely design won the Best Paris Stories cover contest and generated such enthusiasm that we wanted to learn more about her process. Interview with graphic designer Lydia D'moch on the creation of a winning book cover.
Published on 2012-07-05 03:35:03
For Paris writers, Stephen Clarke needs no introduction. The author of the bestselling “Merde” series (A Year in the Merde, Merde Actually, Merde Happens, etc), he is the icon of success for self-published authors and a witty presence on the Paris literary scene. A Paris Writers News interview
Published on 2012-07-04 00:24:33
American writer Ann Slater will be in France this August teaching a fiction workshop focusing on the short story, in Noyers sur Serein. The cost is 750 € August 6 - 10, 2012
Published on 2012-07-03 08:16:53
Just this in from Jeffrey Greene of the American University in Paris: Summer Creative Writing Institute. All events will be 6 p.m. Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007. The first event with creative writing is tomorrow at 6 p.m. with...
Published on 2012-06-25 01:59:57
Are the French "shunning" ebooks? Has France found the magic bullet to protect its bookstores? The NYT and the Guardian have recently published two feel-good articles about ebooks in France that would have you believe so. But the reality of Paris bookstores is less promising.
Published on 2012-06-23 08:17:00
Dexia, the Franco-Belgian bank that has lost billions and is demanding billions more from European taxpayers, is now suing French TV France 2 for its investigative journalism denouncing the banks methods in selling toxic debt to French municipalities.
Published on 2012-06-22 00:47:18
Corneliu Mitrache, playwright and novelist, is a Romanian writer who now lives in France. His entertaining and controversial sequel to Waiting for Godot will be performed in Paris and Avignon this June
Published on 2012-06-21 01:00:51
Paris travel: Criminal gangs from Romania press gypsy children into service stealing iphones and wallets from Paris tourists. As minors the children are systematically released by the French police after a few hours. They are trained to give false names and refuse photographs and fingerprints. The French police is working together with the Romanian police to identify and arrest the adults in charge of these operations. According to France 24 a "Romanian" child can steal five iphones a day.
Published on 2012-06-16 09:58:18
Wonderfully funny video on the European debt crisis by Clarke and Dawe
Published on 2012-06-11 02:15:00
Join the Paris Writers' Workshop for a dynamic program of afternoon panels and lectures from June 25–28—from tools of the trade, to getting published, to the new world of self-publishing and e-books to blogs and social media to the role of the literary agent.
Published on 2012-06-06 01:59:15
French women don't get fat? Unfortunately, this is partly because food isn't the only think they put in their mouths. French women smoke. What better way to keep the kilos off? In middle school, ONE IN THREE French girls smoke (bravo Philip Morris!) That's more than the boys. Pregnant women in France smoke at higher rates than pregnant women elsewhere - despite overwhelming evidence on the dangers for the fetus.
Published on 2012-06-04 00:55:34
To select the short stories for Best Paris Stories, the Paris Short Story Contest assembled a Dream Team of Judges and Editorial Committee members from Paris writing community. Their mission: pick what you love. As simple as this sounds, for a serious writer, the exercise can be fraught. What do I love? What is good? Is it the same thing? Does it matter? In this essay, Mary Ellen Gallagher - novelist, journalist, editor and, for writers who have had the pleasure of working with her, a most ex [..]
Published on 2012-06-03 11:05:51
Paris Writers News (@pariswriters) is delighted to welcome its thousandth follower on Twitter - @AnaMSandes from Paris and Madrid ! Thank you Ana!
Published on 2012-06-01 08:57:08
This month news from Odile Hellier, Cara Black, Sheila Kohler, Patricia Wells, Peter Conradi, Thirza Vallois, Stephen Clarke UPSTAIRS AT DUROC, MICHELLE NAKA PIERCE, CHRIS PUSATERI, ALEXANDER DICKOW. Marilyn Hacker, Pam Leavy Ellen Hinsey, Jeffrey Green, Heather Hartley, Margo Berdeshevsky David Barnes. Paris Writers Workshop, International Photography Competition, Novella Contest. and more (update ongoing)
Published on 2012-05-27 09:04:43
Thirza Vallois, noted expert on Paris and author of the acclaimed Around and About Paris series, shares her reflections on what she learned from evaluating submissions to the Paris Short Story Contest. In this essay, she reveals how she connected with the stories through personal experience and a love of history.
Published on 2012-05-26 03:53:08
Download Best Paris Stories anthology for free May 26, France, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Spain
Published on 2012-05-23 22:29:51
Eurobonds: What do we talk about when we talk about "shared liability"? The question becomes urgent as Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, joins the OECD and just about everybody else in calling for Europe to jointly guarantee the debts of its member nations. What if no one really knows?
Published on 2012-05-17 07:47:08
Writers Mary Duncan and Julia Mary Lichtblau talk about the French Holocaust, the role of family history and research, the move from reporting to fiction, and the importance of community for writers
Published on 2012-05-14 00:21:40
France's highest court struck down its anti-sexuual harassement law at the request of Gérard Ducray, former high government offical (Sécretaire d'Etat) and convicted sexual harasser.
Published on 2012-05-11 15:35:16
The problem with indulging in multiple interests is that not everyone shares the same mix of obsessions.
Also, it messes with your rss feeds.
Thus in the past if you wanted to subscribe to Paris Writers News you were astonished to discover weird ramblings about toxic killer seaweed on the French coast (the photos were good) or incomprehensible meanderings into that unfragrant pit that is the French nuclear industry. Oh, and education? Don't get me started. (What happens at the Sorbonne does n [..]
Published on 2012-05-08 09:02:33
Her Royal Majesty will launch Issue 12, the Exotic, in Paris on May 11. Paris Writers News talks with founder and editor, Harriet Alida Lye, an energetic and innovative force for literature in France, and beyond.
Published on 2012-05-02 03:13:20
This month news from Her Royal Majesty, Lauren Elkin, Alan Cowell, Lisa Burkitt, Thirza Vallois, Deborah Levy, Jane M. Handel, Anne Korkeakivi, Ashley Perez, Corneliu Mitrache, Harriet Lye, Cydette de Groot, Best Paris Stories, and the Paris Writers Workshop...and so much more that this update will be gradual and on-going...
Published on 2012-04-27 20:43:48
On a recent visit to the USA, I frantically stuffed my suitcase with French delicacies in the hope of consoling Paris-raised offspring struggling to adapt to horrors of American cuisine.
Confit de canard, foie gras, green lentils of Puy, French wine, fresh macaroons, fancy boxed chocolate, real Dijon mustard and, as a wink at the fleeting joys childhood, that ultimate delight : Nutella. Little did I know the awful truth.
Published on 2012-04-24 19:39:36
A Paris Writers News Interview with Anne Korkeakivi, author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, An Unexpected Guest.
Published on 2012-04-12 05:43:17
May 29, 2012 19:30 - at the American Library in Paris : Come meet the prize-winning authors of BEST PARIS STORIES.
Best Paris Stories features a constellation of talented authors including Lisa Burkitt, Nafikote Tamirat, Marie Houzelle, Jim Archibald, Jane Verwijs, Bob Levy, Jo Nguyen, and Editorial Committee Prize winner Julia Litchtblau.
Please join us for an evening of lively discussion. What makes a great short story? How best to capture the multitudinous facets of a great city like Paris [..]
Published on 2012-04-08 01:38:20
A French-born J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. employee named Bruno Michel Iksil has unsettled credit default swap markets with his gigantic bets on the solvability of certain companies.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Iksil, dubbed "The London Whale" for his enormous bets, has made $100 million for Morgan in the past few years.
How big are the French traders' bets? WSJ says big enough to move the index. It is frankly impossible to imagine that Iksil took these crazily risky positions without perm [..]
Published on 2012-04-07 10:58:38
Kindle ebooks have really and truly arrived in France!
Check out Amazon.fr's Kindle ebook page and you will see a first class presentation of the kind most authors only dream about for expat humorist Stephen Clarke's new book.
This is the kind of marketing authors should pay attention to. Beautiful presention, and an innovative proposal:
"From the 11th of April, discover a new episode each week...special launch price of 0.99 centimes."
Kudos to Mr Clarke's team for this classy and innovative [..]
Published on 2012-04-04 02:48:38
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!
Published on 2012-04-01 00:26:10
The Obin Report, submitted to the Minister of Education in 2004 by Jean-Pierre Obin, General Inspector of Education, studied the impact of religious signs and manifestations in French public schools. Its conclusions regarding the spread and impact of Islam on education and national cohesion were so alarming that the report was shelved. Fortunately, thanks to internet, we can read the original PDF file in French and, using Google translate, in any other language, including English.
Published on 2012-03-29 06:28:42
Writers! Here are three calls for submissions that may interest you. Her Royal Majesty - Deadline: March 31, 2012; Tale of Three Cities - Deadline April 18, 2012; Paris Literary Prize - Deadline September 1, 2012
Published on 2012-03-25 05:06:01
Call for submissions. 600 word essay on "why it is ethical to eat meat". A nationwide contest for the omnivorous readers of The New York Times. Deadline : April 8, 2012. Judges: Peter Singer, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light
Published on 2012-03-19 03:07:00
Paris Writers News talks with Denyse Beaulieu, author of The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent.
I had the pleasure of meeting Denyse at the American Library in Paris' fascinating Passion Panel on perfume, wine and cheese with Robert Camuto (wine) and Sister Noella Marcellina (cheese). It was a remarkably delightful and informative discussion, due to a successful blend of knowledge, wit and an unusual level of articulateness. I was particularly struck by Denyse's passion for scent (her [..]
Published on 2012-03-08 02:53:53
Holders of Greek debt are preparing to take a 75% loss on their investment.
Meanwhile shareholders in the French bank Société Générale have seen the value of their stake decline by nearly half in the past year, and over 80% in the past five years (from 139 on May 7, 2007 to 23 today). Unlike Greek debt, that loss is not realized unless shareholders sell, of course. But like Greek debt, it may not have hit bottom yet....
Published on 2012-03-04 03:24:56
This month, news from Gwyneth Hughes, Amy Thomas, Barry Kirwan, CaraBlack, Best Paris Stories, Denyse Beaulieu, Anne Korkeakivi, Paris Writers Workshop, Margo Berdeshevsky, Marco Panzani, Lisa Immordino Vreedlnd, Lisa Pasold, Upstairs at Duroc, Guillaume Klossa, AUP Young writers and translators, Kelly Jakes, Heather Hartley, Rilla Askew, Sasha Dugdale, Jane Draycott, Mimi Khalvati, Olivia McCannon, Stephen Romer, Moving Parts, Bookclub at LeCarmen, Le Printemps des Poètes, Caroline Brothers a [..]
Published on 2012-02-25 10:27:11
Dexia will be the biggest default in French banking history. And there is no end in sight.
What is the nature of Dexia's assets? What is the extent of its losses? How much will French taxpayers end up paying? What has been the role of its leaders in this catastrophe? And why it this not front page news with an official, and perhaps criminal, investigation for mismanagement and possible fraud?
Published on 2012-02-25 01:25:17
The 2012 edition of the celebrated Paris Writers' Workshop will take place from June 24–29, 2012.
The Paris Writers Workshop offers a creative week of practical guidance and inspiration, as well as real-world tools for the craft of writing, staying current in publishing trends, getting noticed and getting published. This year’s writers-in-residence faculty are: Samantha Chang (Novel), Kate McMullan (Writing for Children/Young Adults), Mimi Schwartz (Creative Nonfiction), Kathleen Spivack ( [..]
Published on 2012-02-22 06:23:47
This house believes that bringing the finest in literary and intellectual expression to the masses is a good thing to be celebrated, not vilified. Greater availability and lower prices for the best books published in the English language in 2011. Can this be a bad thing? A price comparison using The Economists Best Books in 2011.
Published on 2012-02-18 05:37:49
How many homosexuals were deported from France under the Occupation? Sources exist. Historians have studied the question. But can one ask? The outcry over an obscure French deputy's comments shed light on a particularly fascinating French taboo.
Published on 2012-02-14 06:08:41
The Geneva Writers Conference, organized by many passionate writers under the gentle but firm guidance of Susan Tiberghien*, needs no advertizing. It's fully booked and always will be. But I would like to pause a moment to consider just why it is so good.
Published on 2012-02-09 07:42:11
When the Mediator scandal broke last year, Jacques Servier, founder and CEO of Laboratoires Servier, dismissed rumors with a wave of his hand: "Mediator, it's only three deaths" Servier told his employees.The intrepid researcher who broke the story placed the number at 500. Now, according to Le Monde, two researchers at Inserm are estimating the number of dead at 1320.
Published on 2012-02-07 05:05:10
American universities cost an arm and a leg. French prepas are free. So it's a no brainer, isn't it?
Not according to Le Monde.
France's newspaper of record for teachers, the most conservative of all French publication when it comes to changing education, has gone public with a shocking article on how elite prepas treat top French students.
In "Prépas, Excellence au Prix Fort" Marie Desplenchin, winner of the prestigious Prix Médicis for her essayl La Vie Sauve, denounces the brutal exper [..]
Published on 2012-02-02 06:38:35
This month, news from the Geneva Writers Conference, Upstairs at Duroc, The Young Authors Fiction Festival, Fred Leebron, Cynthia Haven, Tracie Morris, Judy Pou, Lance Tait, Fernanda Eberstadt, Monique Wells, Donald Morrison, Robert Camuto, Noella Marcellino, Denyse Beaulieu, Philip Caputo, Pamela Druckerman, John Morris, Fred Weissler, Elyse Michaels-Berger, Sallie Chaballier, JANE COPE, KIT FRYATT, PANSY MAURER-ALVAREZ, JOE ROSS and more...
Published on 2012-02-01 02:34:49
This month, we begin with literary events at the American Library of Paris which is featuring authors Fernanda Eberstadt, Monique Wells, Donald Morrison, Robert Camuto, Noella Marcellino, Denyse Beaulieu, Philip Caputo, Pamela Druckerman, John Morris, Fred Weissler, Elyse Michaels-Berger, Sallie Chaballier and the 2012 Young Authors Fiction Festival (deadline for submission April 1) . New books and events at other venues will be added throughout the month....The fabulous Geneva Writers' Conferen [..]
Published on 2012-01-27 05:04:32
Paris Writers News : This month, news from the Geneva Writers Conference, David Lodge, Kartik Singh, Florence Valero, Kristin Espinasse, Jennifer L. Scott, Vahram Muratyam, Charles Wood, Thomas Huber, Jean Claude Gautrand, John Baxter, Sarah Meade, Jeffrey Greene, Barry Kirwan, Sheila Kohler, Best Paris Stories, Charles Glass, Margo Berdeshevsky, Jim Bitterman, Jean Lesieur, the American Library in Paris, Shakespeare and Co, Village Voice, WH Smith, NYU Paris, WICE, Lionel Shriver, Eugève Nico [..]
Published on 2012-01-23 07:25:25
Accoding to Le Figaro, United States President Barak Obama has chosen two French composers from Bordeaux (yes, France!) to write his campaign theme song. The ditty, entitled What's More, was written by Tony Jazz and Mathieu Billon, who, in addition to being young, very young, are immensely talented and energetic.
Raised in the infamous 9-3, Jazz at 26 had already racked up credits at Universal and Sony and founded his own communications company specializing in musical design. Billon, also ridic [..]
Published on 2012-01-19 09:22:54
Veolia Transportation's dealings with the city of Phoenix are under investigation by the Federal Transit Administration because Veolia's lobbyist, Elissa Mullany happened to be in a "romantic relationship" with then-Mayor Phil Gordon during the hot summer when the council awarded to Veolia a five-year, $385 million contract for managing most of the city's bus routes.
Published on 2012-01-12 05:11:45
French ecologist presidential candidate Eva Joly appeals for two additional holidays, one for Muslims and one for Jews, as a matter of fairness, while a longtime ecologist longs for a discussion of ecology.
Published on 2011-07-05 06:28:48
This month, news from Rosa Rankin-Gee, Elaine Sciolino, The Rhizome Society, Ellyn Maybe, David Hare, Lorin Stein, Sheila Kohler, Deborah Landau, Le Carmen, Nathan Englander, Rachel Zucker, Mattheuw Rohrer, Richard Nahem, Todd Zuniga, Sebastien Marx,
Published on 2011-07-05 02:09:00
When the sun comes out, Paris can be hot, hot, hot.
Here are some tips to beat the heat--and even to enjoy it! For tourists, expats and locals...
Published on 2011-07-01 08:37:25
The French, The Economist observes, have an unusually large number of pointless committees.697 to be exact. This information has become public in a strange way. Not as the result of an audit, but as part of an attack against former Education Minister
Published on 2011-06-26 22:57:41
Paris Writers News talks with Sheila Kohler, the award-winning South African novelist, short story writers and teacher. Sheila will be the featured author at the PAN Writer Series July 12 at 6:30 pm. in Paris. Author of ten books and winner of the O'
Published on 2011-06-21 23:56:41
Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa, interviews Geeta Kothari, award-winning writer, teacher and fiction editor of The Kenyon Review. They met at the Geneva Writers Conference, where Geeta taught a much admired class on writing fict
Published on 2011-06-21 12:08:04
Interview with Ann M Mah. Ann Mah is a journalist and author of a novel, Kitchen Chinese. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, the International Herald Tribune and other publications. She lives in Paris with her husb
Published on 2011-06-13 09:08:33
I got a tweet from BHL.
Public debate June 12: Topic: “What does the DSK affair teach us?”
What, I wondered, indeed.
“Do go, Laurel,” a friend Facebooked me, “and give him a slap for me.”
This proved to be impossible, as BHL wasn’t ph
Published on 2011-06-11 05:35:29
This week, we talk with Paris expert Thirza Vallois, whose elegant series Around and About Paris has just been updated and issued as an e-book!
Thirza has lived in Paris most of her life and holds the agrégation and several other post-graduate
Published on 2011-06-05 04:11:00
The story of Sarah Towle's journey from "print" writing to writing apps is a fascinating one--and, I think, especially exciting for travel writers. It's a whole new world out there. And Sarah is one of the pioneers.
From Print to Digital Media: Why
Published on 2011-06-04 03:00:02
This month, news from Sarah Towle, The Tower Theatre Company, David Barnes, The Paris Short Story Contest, Shakespeare and Company’s Paris Literary Prize for a novella, Bloomsday, Cara Black, Caroline de Margerie, English Theater with WordsUp, Kat
Published on 2011-06-01 05:03:30
Winners of the Paris Short Story Contest are: A Pinch of Tarragon by Lisa Burkitt; Brazzaville by Jo Nguyen; Désolée, Monsieur by Julia Mary Lichtblau (Editorial Committee 200 euro Prize); Frank stands his ground, in Belleville by Mary Byrne; Horte
Published on 2011-05-30 09:17:53
Japan, Switzerland, Italy and now Germany have called into question their nuclear power programs. Despite similarities in the industrial organisation of the French and Japanese nuclear industries, real debate has barely begun to appear in France.
Published on 2011-05-27 07:28:43
PARIS SHORT STORY CONTEST is delighted to announce the winner of the Editorial Committee Prize "DESOLEE MONSIEUR" by Julia Mary Lichtblau.
Stories Nominated for the prize were:
MY SUNDAY WITH GOD by Bob Levy
I THINK THEREFORE I AM by Ham
Published on 2011-05-25 02:53:26
Candidates for the agrégation d'histoire were given an "authentic journal" from 1415 that was actually compiled in 1964.
France's Education Minister Luc Chatel (whose background is in Marketing, PR and HR) decided to continue with the exams, even t
Published on 2011-05-18 11:53:16
L'accident nucléaire de Fukushima nous apporte des leçons urgentes :
- Ne pas risquer ce qu'on ne peut pas se permettre de perdre
- Les conflits d'intérêt sont mortels pour la sécurité
- Les experts se sont trompés hier et se tromperont demain
Published on 2011-05-11 07:25:32
While nuclear engineers, scientists and technical risk assessment experts debate where to install back-up generators, spent fuel rods, and remote controls, Fukushima offers five major lessons for us all.
Published on 2011-05-06 09:57:13
This month, news from The Paris Short Story Contest, Cara Black, James Shapiro, Mary Ellen Gallager, Kai Meristad, Tatiana de Rosnay, David Barnes, Joy Anna Becvarik, Bob Levy, Former US Ambassador Craig Stapleton, Edith Sorel, Mademoiselle London, P
Published on 2011-05-03 03:00:11
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart on the good news for "human people". (Attention: This video is not suitable for conspiracy theory nuts.)
"I suppose I should be expressing ambivalence about the killing of another human being, but...nope..."
- Jon Stewar
Published on 2011-04-29 08:43:01
Originating in an English-language confession album, this personality questionnaire caught Marcel Proust’s fancy in his teens. Today, Anne Marsella questions Paul Schmidtberger, author of Design Flaws of the Human Condition.
Published on 2011-04-26 08:45:33
This week, author Christopher Vanier talks with Paris murder mystery expert Cara Black . A Paris Writers News, authors on authors interview
Cara Black is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais.
Published on 2011-04-26 04:01:00
Paris writer Anne Marsella, author of The Baby of Belleville, Remedy, Patsy Boone and The Lost and Found and Other Stories, had the excellent idea of asking Paris-based writers to answer the Proust Questionnaires.
Succinct, personal and slightly w
Published on 2011-04-22 08:39:29
Claude Allègre deserves to be given every chance to express himself in his native tongue: vitriol. While attacking ecologists, media, and other enemies of progress, it is interesting to note that M. Allègre fails to address any of the specific conc
Published on 2011-04-18 05:02:15
This week, news from Paris Writers Alexis Niki, L'Inébranlable, Katy Masuga, Anne Marsella, Gallimard, Cara Black, Jamie Cat Callan, Carolyn Burke, Jennifer Butler, Gary Lee Kraut, Constance Borde, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, David Lebovitz, Leslie
Published on 2011-04-18 04:00:39
Succinct, personal and slightly whimsical, the Proust Questionnaire offers a glimpse into the personality and work of writers who have made Paris their home. To start off the series, Anne Marsella interviewed novelist Janet Skeslien Charles.
Published on 2011-04-10 12:36:04
Paris writer Anne Marsella, author of The Baby of Belleville, Remedy, Patsy Boone and The Lost and Found and Other Stories, had the excellent idea of asking Paris-based writers to answer the Proust Questionnaires.
Succinct, personal and slightly w
Published on 2011-04-07 08:37:52
This week Laurel Zuckerman talks with Gary Lee Kraut, writer, blogger, editer--and intrepid biker, about Paris, a Paris Writers News Interview.
Published on 2011-04-01 03:25:06
Unlike previous nuclear disasters, Fukushima is contaminating a high density population center of 127 million (337 inhabitants per km2)
Three Mile Island occurred in the vast United States of America (33 inhabitants per m2). Chernobyl hit the former
Published on 2011-03-30 05:02:43
This month (April 1-15), news from Jennifer Butler, The Second Sex, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, Alan Riding, Constance Borde, Jeffrey Greene, Paula McLain, Marie de Hennezel, Gabriel Josipovici, Luc Simonnet, Ros and Chloe Schwartz, Word for Word, th
Published on 2011-03-28 01:54:00
This week Paris Writers News talks with Jennifer Butler, author of the extraordinary James, Jennifer Georgina, which tells the story of a family's survival in a battle against alcoholism.
In collaboration with the acclaimed designer Irma Boom, Jenni
Published on 2011-03-23 05:10:48
This week, Laurel Zuckerman talks with two remarkable women, Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany Chevallier, who recently completed the new and critically accaimed translation of Simone de Beauvoir's landmark work: The Second Sex.
Published on 2011-03-16 04:03:29
This week, we talk with professional chef, author and master Paris food blogger, David Lebovitz.
David worked for 13 years at Alice Water's legendary Chez Panisse restaurant and was named one of the Top Five Pastry Chefs in the Bay Area by the San F
Published on 2011-03-09 04:05:06
Peter Conradi, journalist for The Sunday Times and veteran non-fiction writer, co-wrote the book The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy with Mark Logue, the grandson of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to King George VI who ascended
Published on 2011-03-07 03:58:07
Laurel Zuckerman talks with Barry Kirwan about Eden, science fiction and the craft of writing for Paris Writers News.
Barry Kirwan’s The Eden Paradox is the first novel in the Eden science fiction trilogy. When he is not writing, Barry earns his k
Published on 2011-03-06 08:15:45
The American Library in Paris will screen the remarkable documentary I Remember Better When I Paint on March 22 at 19h30 in the presence of Olivia De Havilland. In honor of this exceptional event, Paris Writers News is pleased to repost the interview
Published on 2011-03-03 05:21:10
This month, news from the Paris Short Story Contest, the Paris Literary Prize Novella Contest, the Salon du Livre, Wendell Steavenson, Cara Black, Stephane Hessel, David Lebovitz, Jennifer Butler, Toby Brothers, OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, Liz Young, Barry
Published on 2011-02-28 03:30:00
This week, Laurel Zuckerman talks with Elizabeth Bard, the author of NYT's bestseller Lunch in Paris: a Love Story with Recipes. Elizabeth recently moved from Paris to Provence where she is juggling work on a second book with the delights of young mo
Published on 2011-02-26 12:01:00
Writing comes in all genres.
One of the most neglected -- but oh, so crucial!-- is the corporate complaint letter.
Making the rounds on the internet is a hilarious piece from a disatisfied customer to Sir Richard Branson, fashionable Ted Talker and
Published on 2011-02-26 02:15:00
Unlike most bloggers in France, I really don't give a hoot about fashion.
But when über-weirdo Galliano gets suspended by Dior for "slapping" a couple and "anti-Semitic insults", I prick my ears.
Outrageous behavior from this guy? How could h
Published on 2011-02-25 03:18:47
The Paris Short Story Contest is pleased to announce that the Editorial Committee has finished reading the 141 submissions from all over the world.
Stories by the following authors have been shortlisted :
Alice K. Boatwright
Published on 2011-02-24 11:11:47
Last year I listed Sarkozy's five top blunders which caused his party to lose the regional elections. But now, in the light of Tunisia, the Mexican fiasco, the Libyan fiasco, the MAM and Ollier fiasco, the Eric Woerth fiasco, and the rape and murder
Published on 2011-02-21 01:12:07
Europe once loved Kadhafi, wealthy dictator of Libya and, for many years, active supporter of terrorism. Why? Oil money. Business. Commerce. Will his erstwhile friends desert him as he fights for his kingdom? Photos from his visits to Paris, Rome an
Published on 2011-02-15 08:11:11
A young woman in a Mexican jail.
A kidnapping ring that abused, tortured and even killed one hostage.
A boyfriend, leader of the "Los Zodiacos" gang, with whom the young woman lived, even while he sequestered hostages.
Hostages who testify they h
Published on 2011-02-10 02:31:49
in French public schools, when a teacher is absent, he or she is generally not replaced.
The result: no class. (Or, as it's called here: "Perm").
Students, of course lose out on lessons. But that is not all.
Absent teachers mean less adults in th
Published on 2011-02-09 02:35:00
French judges are so angry that strikes by magistrates are spreading, despite the technical lack of the right to strike. The reason: Sarkozy accused them of a role in the disastrous management of a violent sex offender with 15 previous convictions.
Published on 2011-02-08 05:27:46
For genetically modified crops we don't have enough distance
This is one of the posters created by
France Nature Environnement
to try to get the attention of French authorities.
Another ad deals with green algue (also call
Published on 2011-02-03 02:25:15
I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Cannes, and no more so than this year.
Robert De Niro (the great) presides the jury.
Woody Allen allows his "love letter to Paris" (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.) to entertain gliterrati the opening night.
Published on 2011-02-02 02:56:00
New York Times food writer Mark Bittman proposed ten reasonable and workable changes to the way we grow, process, finance, prepare and consume our food.
Published on 2011-02-01 07:35:03
What Americans are missing by not watching French rugby matches:
Sébastien Chabal can now be admired at the Musée Grévin.
(Marcel Marceau and Marcel Proust are not ALL France has to offer...)
Published on 2011-01-29 08:28:00
This month, news from Heather Stimmler Hall, Barry Kirwan, Noel Riley Fitch, Melany Comley, John Baxter, Alain Riding, Steve Crawshaw, Expat Expo, David Nicholls, John Lichfield, Glyn Pope, Janet Skeslien Charles, Thirza Vallois, Charles Timoney, F
Published on 2011-01-27 08:50:00
1 The first 12 years are the worst.
2 The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.
3 Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
4 Description is hard. Rememb
Published on 2011-01-27 03:37:00
Recent French literary news:
Céline was dropped from national celebrations due to his virulent anti-Semitism, and pro-Nazi collaboration. (French Céline scholar Henri Godard cried "Censureship" at Frédéric Mitterand's decision despite the fact th
Published on 2011-01-26 02:37:17
Paris literary events! UPSTAIRS AT DUROC, the Paris literary journal, is pleased to announce the LAUNCH for its ISSUE 12
January 27, 2011 at 7 P.M.
Berkeley Books of Paris 8 rue Casimir Delavigne 75006 Paris Metro Odéon
Come hear new work by
Published on 2011-01-25 23:54:53
After investigation, arrest, conviction and sentencing to prison, dangerous repeat offenders are repeatedly let loose in France, and nothing -- including the voting of ever stricter laws -- appears to stop this practice.
Some blame the judges, who in
Published on 2011-01-24 03:20:22
According to TF1, the head of the Tunisian army had been in constant communication with the Americans just before REFUSING Ben Ali's order to fire on demonstrators.
And, according to TF1, Ben Ali had planned to spend a few days in Paris before retur
Published on 2011-01-21 10:21:54
With overpopulation threatening food supplies, brilliant Dutch chefs have come up with an astonishingly cheap and easy solution: eat insects!
French chefs mock these low efforts.
"Name one famous Dutch dish other than "raw herring" and "going Dutch
Published on 2011-01-20 06:01:53
Paris Writers News talks with Janet Skeslien Charles about email order brides, the Ukraine, writing workshops and the desire for love.
Janet Skeslien Charle's debut novel Moonlight in Odessa was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their top ten deb
Published on 2011-01-17 04:19:35
Ann Mah is a journalist and author of a novel, Kitchen Chinese. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, the International Herald Tribune and other publications. She lives in Paris with her husband and a vegetable market
Published on 2011-01-15 09:50:04
French national rail (SNCF) commuters on the Angers-Le Mans-Paris are so sick of worsening service that THEY'VE decided to strike.
To protest lousy service, 160 - 200 commuters who regularly take the line are refusing to show their tick
Published on 2011-01-13 01:57:53
Here's what leading newspapers are saying about the Euro today:
from Charles Bremner in The Times French PM: Britain must help us save the euro
from the Financial Times: Germany backs wider rescue fund role
from Paul Krugman in the New York Times
Published on 2011-01-11 03:05:55
Firearms in France. Who has them? How many? And what do they do with them?
Le Monde tried to count in 2008, but said the task was "sensible" despite a national data collection file called the AGRIPPA. It's estimate: 3,000,000. (By contrast 200 MILL
Published on 2011-01-09 13:11:40
This month, news from Barry Kirwan, David Barnes, Adam Thirwell, Annie Cohen Solal, The Improfessionals, William Pfaff, Susan Tibergian, Alice Notley, The Geneva Writers Group, National Short Story Day, John Lichfield, WICE's Bilingual Bookgroup, F
Published on 2011-01-09 12:20:35
Moving Parts enables playwrites to test their scripts in the friendly and convivial atmosphere of Carr's Pub near rue de Rivoli. A great outing on a Sunday night!
Published on 2011-01-08 15:20:57
Sarah Palin's target list from the 2010 elections included Arizonan Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head today while greeting constituants at a Safeway grocery store in Tucson.