Après Midi

adrianEvery second Tuesday of the month (except August), since 2003 (!), Adrian Leeds personally hosts an open and free gathering to the public, enhanced by a speaker from the community who offers something special to share with everyone! Speakers range from authors who have a new book out to filmmakers to specialists in their fields -- always a topic of interest with an open forum for questions and discussion. There is no need for registering in advance...just come any time, but the earlier you get there, the better your seat!

3 to 5 p.m. the Second Tuesday of the Month (except August)
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie

(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

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Après Midi January 8, 2019:

 Liz Alderman - Journalist


Liz Alderman, Journalist

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


Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

February 12, 2019

Lily Heise

Lily Heise, Author & Travel Blogger
The Trials, Tribulations and Joys of Cross-Cultural Relationships

While the myth can be true that the French can be the best lovers, it’s not always that simple having a successful cross-cultural relationship. Paris is also a highly cosmopolitan city and therefore our romantic paths here might involve a whole variety of nationalities. In time for Valentine’s Day, Canadian author and romantic expert Lily Heise will share some of her most entertaining dating stories, chronicled in her two books Je T’Aime, Me Neither and Je T’Aime... Maybe?, and will then give us her best tips on how to get you bi-cultural relation off on the right foot. She’ll also share her some of her top original romantic date ideas for both new and established couples.

Lily is a Canadian freelance writer and romantic expert who has been living in Paris in 2000. She is the author of two books on looking for romance in Paris and her articles and travel writing have been featured in the Huffington Post, CondéNastTraveler.com, Business Insider, Playboy.com, Frommer’s Paris and France travel guides, City Secrets Guides, DK Eyewitness, WendyPerrin.com, France Tourism UK, LonelyPlanet.com, The Local France, The Tourist in Paris, HiP Paris, Girl Gone International Magazine, GLOW Magazine and other publications.

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March 12, 2019

Annabel Simms

Half an Hour from Paris - By Annabel Simms

Annabel Simms, Author


Following the format of the small classic An Hour from Paris (2002, 2008, 2017) and written with the same delight in the little-known treasures of the Ile de France, comes Annabel Simms’s long awaited sequel, Half an Hour from Paris. It describes 10 surprising new destinations only half an hour by train or métro from central Paris, yet unknown to many Parisians.

Based on over 20 years’ experience of exploring the Paris countryside by train, each daytrip includes the essential historical, cultural and social background, as well as detailed practical information, clear maps and optional extensions to the recommended walk.

Annabel was born in England, of Hungarian parentage. She has lived in Paris since 1991, when she arrived from London on a year’s sabbatical from her job as a college lecturer in English language and literature  – and never left. She continues to spend her weekends happily exploring the Ile de France by train and on foot.




April 9, 2019

 Adrian Leeds on House Hunters International
Adrian Leeds, Real Estate Agent, House Hunters International

Adrian Leeds has "starred" in 36 episodes of HGTV'S House Hunters International episodes since 2006, as a French property consultant who helps people realize their dream of owning property in Paris and all of France! Join Adrian for at Après Midi as she combs the romantic streets of Paris to find the perfect pied-à-terre or journeys to the French countryside in search of the ideal home for her clients. Three episodes of House Hunters International will be shown and Adrian will talk about her experience filming the shows and will open the forum to questions.

See http://adrianleeds.com/home/house-hunters-international

May 14, 2019

Timothy Jay Smith

The Fourth Courier - Timothy Jay Smith

Timothy Jay Smith, Author

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Timothy Jay Smith had an unparalleled international career and life that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through Occupied Territories, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.
He’s always willing to talk about how he selects and puts his stories together, as well as his own journey from self-publishing to being represented by a prominent New York agency which landed him a two-book deal with America’s fastest growing independent publisher.

Someone once remarked that Tim is so well traveled that he could fill a whole library with his stories. With the April 2019 release of his third novel, The Fourth Courier (Skyhorse Publishing), he’s on his way.
Set in Poland in 1992, The Fourth Courier, a literary thriller, captures the era when communism fell. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise, his novel set in Africa, “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for A Vision of Angels, his novel about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More recently, he won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for his Greek story, Fire on the Island. He’s already working on a thriller set in Istanbul.

Timothy's Website
The Fourth Courier

June 11, 2019

Author, John Pearce

John Pearce, Author

John Pearce is a part-time Parisian but lives most of the the year in Sarasota, FL. He worked as a journalist in Washington and Europe, where he covered economics for the International Herald Tribune and edited a business magazine. After a business career in Sarasota, he spends his days working on his future books. For several months each year, he and his wife Jan live in Paris, walk its streets, and chase down interesting settings for future books and his blog, JohnPearceAuthor.com. They lived earlier in Frankfurt, Germany, which gave him valuable insights for several of the scenes in his books in Paris.


July 9, 2019

En Vacance!

September 10, 2019

October 8, 2019

November 12, 2019

December 10, 2019