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Meeting of June 14, 2016

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Kathy Borrus

Kathy Borrus, author, freelance writer, and museum store consultant showed us slides of just 40 of the 1000 buildings in Paris with anecdotes on each from her book, "1000 Buildings of Paris" including many unknown to Paris insiders. The book is a ‘tome’ of 576 pages that weighs more than 6 lbs. – not one you carry with you lightly, but one of our attendees, Nancy Norton, came armed with her copy to get an autograph from Kathy.

Nancy confessed to having visited more than 900 of the buildings in the book, making it an ongoing project for her. Rather than carry the book itself, she would print off pages that she could take with her on her excursions, but later made notes in the book itself. It was impressive!

As the slides came into focus, we were to guess what the buildings were. Of course, many were recognizable, but lots were the kind we had never noticed. Kathy enlightened us all and we learned a lot! Personally I found it fascinating.

The book is the perfect coffee table variety and reference book that every shelf should have – or you can take it to a new level and visit every building like Nancy Norton!
 
The publisher recently condensed the book to Five Hundred Buildings in Paris and printed it in paperback – it has 608 pages (!), but weighs ‘only’ 2.7 lbs.

Kathy Borrus is the former buyer of the Smithsonian Institution.  Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and other publications. She lives in Washington, DC., but visits Paris frequently. Kathy blogs at kathyborrus.tumblr.com/.

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In attendance were:
 
•    Alice Houston
•    Ana Pavia
•    Anna Clopet
•    April Pett
•    Bernadette Balcom
•    Bridgette Duval
•    David Burke
•    Eva Marshferziger
•    Fran Xanten
•    Bill Xanten
•    Gary Dickson
•    Janet Brune
•    Karen Schur-Namla
•    Kelly Valen
•    Lois Alexander
•    M. Tron
•    Marc Kaedi
•    Marcie Martenssy
•    Margaret Cook
•    Marie-France Plassard
•    Marilee McClintock
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Naoma Foreman
•    Pat LeBlanc
•    Patricia Laplante Collins
•    Patricia Wilson
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Rob Mandel
•    Roger Foreman
•    Wendy Silver
•    Yael Ménassé Friedberg
•    Plus others who did not sign in!

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