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.

Emily BorelParler Paris Après Midi January 12, 2016:

Emily Borel 

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

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

Susan Herrmann LoomisFebruary 9, 2016

Susan Herrmann Loomis - author, journalist, chef

As an internationally-recognized expert on food and an award-winning journalist/author, I take a unique approach to my craft by combining training in journalism with a love for food and the people who produce it.

Susan believes that learning about cooking and food should involve much more than recipes and techniques. She delights in meeting and introducing the personalities and customs behind the great cuisines of the world.

Web site

March 8, 2016


Linda HervieuxApril 12, 2016

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

The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this extraordinary blend of military and social history—a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognized to this day.

In telling the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, Linda Hervieux offers a vivid account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice.

Linda Hervieux is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, and Fodor's Paris. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, she lived for many years in Brooklyn before moving to Paris, France, with her husband. This is her first book.

May 10, 2016

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


September 13, 2016

October 11, 2016

November 8, 2016

James NaveJames 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