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. 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.

Harriet Welty Rochefort

Après Midi July 12, 2016

Harriet Welty Rochefort, Author, Freelance journalist and Lecturer

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

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:


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

Gary Lee Kraut

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.
Gary will be entertaining and informing us this afternoon in a talk about his encounters with a curious array of travelers. He’ll explain how tourists and residents alike may miss out on or discover the greatest rewards of travel in Paris or elsewhere. You’ll learn about Gary’s vision of “travel therapy.” And you’ll hear about the beauty of individual, couple, family and grandparent-grandchild travel as he tells anecdotes—joyful, odd and touching—about his encounters with travelers and their encounters with France.
Gary has worked with clients from Wall Street to Hollywood, from Virginians to Oklahomans to Pennsylvanians to Texans, from a U.S. Senator to a best-selling novelist, from art-loving foodies to wine-loving professionals, and many curious travelers in between. Thanks to France Revisited’s international reach, he has guided and advised travelers from Mexico, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Holland and Australia.
Web site
Email: [email protected]

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 jamesnave.com or email [email protected]

Your Creative Think Tank

December 13, 2016

Lisa Anselmo - My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me HomePhoto: Carla Coulson

My Parttime Paris Life - by Lisa Anselmo

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.