(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
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.
Kathy Borrus, Author, freelance writer, and museum store consultant
To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Parler Paris Après Midi Archives.
July 12, 2016
Harriet Welty Rochefort, Author, Freelance journalist and Lecturer - "Of French Toast and Joie de Vivre"
Harriet Welty Rochefort grew up and was educated in the Midwest (B.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and M.S.J. Northwestern, Medill School of Journalism). A French-American dual citizen, she has lived in France since 1973 with her French husband Philippe and three sons.
An author, Harriet has written three humorous but informative books about her life in France. Her bestselling French Toast, a lively account of her first impressions, remained in hardcover for 11 years, appearing in paperback in 2010. It was followed by French Fried, an account of the way the French wine and dine viewed from her mother-in-law’s kitchen and interviews with leading French food and wine experts. Her latest book, Joie de Vivre (2012), delves into the French penchant for enjoying life with style and panache. Published by St. Martin’s Press, all have been translated into Chinese. A French version of French Toast was published by Editions Ramsay in 2005.
A freelance journalist, Harriet has written scores of articles on French business, culture and lifestyle for numerous publications, including the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times), The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Huffington Post, and Time magazine where she worked as a reporter in the Paris bureau for more than ten years.
As a teacher and speaker, Harriet taught a reporting course in the international program of the Ecole de Journalisme of the renowned Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) from 2007 to 2011. She regularly gives lively lectures on France and French-American cultural differences to associations, travel groups, and university programs. She has spoken about her books at many venues in the U.S. and in France, including the Princeton Club and the American Library in Paris Evenings with an Author.
A true Francophile, Harriet loves French cooking which she learned from her French mother-in-law who hailed from the Périgord, and has a particular affinity for cheese and wine and the pairing of them. (For many years she and her husband hosted wine and cheese tastings in their home in Paris and still do on special request.) Harriet’s favorite wine: champagne; favorite French region: Brittany and the Atlantic islands, Ile d’Yeu, Belle Isle, Ile d’Aix. A fan of traveling in France, she knows the country well and claims to be one of the only Americans to have visited every nook and corner of its 13 regions!
NO MEETING IN AUGUST
September 13, 2016
Jeffrey Greene, poet, memoirist, and nature writer
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.
Forget farm to plate. This is a book about wild places to plate, imagination to plate, memory to plate.
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, Ph.D.
Summer Creative Writing Institute
October 11, 2016
Gary Lee Kraut, journalist and writer specialized in travel, touring and culture in France and who wears many hats - “Travel therapy and the rewards of travel beyond the clichés”
Gary Lee Kraut is best known for his work as a journalist and editor of the award-winning web magazine France Revisited. www.francerevisited.com But 25+ years of exploring and writing and lecturing about France haven’t only turned him into a singular France specialist but also the go-to guy for individuals, travel professionals and cultural and educational institutions seeking highly personalized tours and advice in Paris and throughout the country.
November 8, 2016
James Navé, poet and storyteller
Aprés Midi StorySLAM
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.
December 13, 2016
Lisa Anselmo, Author, Blogger, No Love Locks Co-Founder
Meet Lisa Anselmo, and hear the story behind her new memoir My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home. Lisa will reveal how she turned the devastating loss of her mother into a purposeful new life—and share her 5 Keys to Reinventing a Happier Life.
Lisa splits her time between New York and Paris, and writes about it in her blog My (Part-Time) Paris Life. Her inspirational new web series of the same name, available on Youtube, takes viewers to Paris's locals-only neighborhoods, and features Parisians and expats who are finding success by following their hearts.
Lisa is also the co-founder of No Love Locks, an association working with the mayor of Paris to save and preserve the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site currently devastated by the “love locks” trend.
My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home is published by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, and will be available wherever books are sold, October 11, 2016. The book is also available for pre-order now.