Parler Paris Après Midi

Adrian LeedsUpstairs at Café de la Mairie - formerly La Pierre du Marais
(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

See Map Here

NEXT MEETING: EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed August)

Now, every month, a guest speaker of note comes to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion! 

*Special Note: Anyone attending Parler Paris Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Linda Hervieux

Parler Paris Après Midi April 12, 2016:

Linda Hervieux, Author
Talking about her new book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War"

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Parler Paris Après Midi Archives.

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

Janet Hulstrand

Essoyes France

May 10, 2016

Janet Hulstrand - writer, editor and teacher
"Off the Beaten Track in France: L’Aube en Champagne"

Janet has spent much of her time over the past thirty-five years living, working and traveling in France. She writes frequently for the online magazines Bonjour Paris and France Revisited, as well as for her blog Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She teaches classes in American literature about France at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington D.C., and each summer she teaches “Paris: A Literary Adventure” for the Queens College, CUNY study abroad program in Paris. She also teaches Writing from the Heart workshops in Essoyes, a charming village in the Champagne region that was home to the Renoir family.

Less than 3 hours from Paris, about halfway between Troyes and Dijon, Essoyes is a great place from which to explore this part of France, which is not very well known even by many French people. It is a wonderful destination for a weekend away from Paris, or a stop along the way to points east, or the South of France. Janet first discovered it when she picked grapes there in 1978, and in the years since she has made it her second home. She will share with you stories of the Renoir family, and talk about all of the wonderful things there are to do in this part of France—whether your interest is art, history, cuisine, tasting the local artisanale champagnes, or enjoying the great outdoors.

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Kathy Borrus

June 14, 2016

Kathy Borrus, Author, freelance writer, and museum store consultant
Kathy will talk about her book, "Five Hundred Buildings of Paris," and show slides of Parisian buildings with anecdotes on each, including many unknown to Paris insiders. Come and tell some of your own stories.
Author of "One Thousand Buildings of Paris," "The Fearless Shopper," and co-author of "The Business of Crafts,"  Kathy specializes in art, travel, culture, shopping, architecture, and museum stores. Her writing has appeared in Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, FranceGuide, Museum Store, and Art Business News among others. She blogs at
Former Merchandise Manager for the Smithsonian Institution Museum Shops, Kathy also consults on merchandise and craft development for museums, NGOs, and cultural nonprofits.
An intrepid world traveler and a mother, she draws inspiration from far-flung cultures as well as those close to home. But all roads lead back to Paris for at least a month every year.


July 12, 2016

Harriet Welty Rochefort -- more to come...



Jeffrey Greene

September 13, 2016

Jeffrey Greene, poet, memoirist, and nature writer
“In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour and Hybrid Writing about France.”

Jeffrey Greene is a wise and generous writer, navigating each wild edible through his own memories. What results is much more than a field guide; it’s a window into our relationship with the natural world.
 — Dan Barber, chef/co owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns

 Forget farm to plate. This is a book about wild places to plate, imagination to plate, memory to plate.
 — Michael P. Branch, author of Raising Wild: Becoming a Father in the High Desert

See a recent review in the Wall Street Journal by Georgia Pellegrini.

Today we care about the source of our food as much as the preparation, so it is no surprise that foodies have discovered wild edibles. From the most upscale restaurants in New York to humble farm stays in Europe, chefs and restaurant-goers alike are seeking pleasure in food found in the wild.  Greene’s captivating book offers experienced foragers and novices alike a chance to come along with him on his international adventures into the cult of wild edibles. He showcases the beauty of what one can cook up in a truly wild recipe.

Jeffrey Greene is the author of the memoir French Spirits and three nature books, including The Golden-Bristled Boar:  He has also published five collections of poetry and mixed-genre writing.

Jeffrey Greene, Ph.D.
Professor/Creative Writing Program Coordinator
Department of Comparative Literature & English
American University of Paris
Email: [email protected]

Creative Writing Program
Summer Creative Writing Institute

October 11, 2016 TBA

November 8, 2016

James Nave James Navé, poet and storyteller

Aprés Midi StorySLAM
Theme: RISK -- Come tell a 5 minute story with a theme of risk

James will begin with a short discussion about how Moth inspired personal stories and The StorySlam has grown into one of the most popular forms of modern storytelling. Afterward, James will facilitate an Aprés-Midi StorySLAM. The theme will be RISK. Come and listen, or better yet, come prepared to put your name in the hat for a chance to tell your true-life story about RISK. James will choose five names from the hat. If he draws your name, you’ll have five minutes to tell a true story. 

STORYTELLING TIPS: 1) Practice your story until you can tell it off-book with no notes; 2) Trim your story until it's 5 minutes long; 3) Include conflict and resolution.

James Navé is a poet, storyteller and arts entrepreneur. He is the director of The Taos Storytelling Festival, The Taos Poetry Festival, and an organizing member of TEDxNewYork Salons. He is also a co-founder of Twice5 Miles, a content and creative collective based in Taos and Brooklyn. An early contributor to the creativity renaissance that has swept the nation, he established The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos NM with Julia Cameron from 1995-2003. Navé began his storytelling/spoken-word career when he co-founded Poetry Alive! a theater company that has performed traditional poems for millions of students, K-12. He has been on three national Poetry Slam teams and his work has appeared in two books of poetry and numerous journals and magazines. He has memorized over 500 poems and holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.

On Saturday, March 12, 2015, James Navé will host THE HERO’S JOURNEY: A WRITING AND STORYTELLING WORKSHOP. For more information visit or email [email protected]
Your Creative Think Tank

December 13, 2016

Lisa Anselmo, My Part Time Paris Lifert Time Paris Life