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 September 10, 2019:

Susan Herrmann Loomis

 Susan Herrmann Loomis, Author and Cooking Instructor

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



Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

October 8, 2019

Lisa Anselmo

Lisa Anselmo, Author, Creative Director and Blogger

Lisa Anselmo started traveling to Paris regularly 12 years ago—at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website. But soon, she had cultivated friends—both Parisians and expats—and after over a decade of visits, had built another life across the ocean.

In 2012, after the death of her mother from breast cancer, she decided to seize the day and make her other life official, buying an apartment in Paris’s Right Bank. One bold move led to a changed life. Her memoir, My (Part-Time) Paris Life, chronicles this journey.


November 12, 2019

Edith de Belleville

Belles et Rebelles - By Edith de Belleville

Edith de Belleville, Author and Tour Guide

In her own words:

My name is Edith and like Edith Piaf, I was born in Belleville. Let me tell you how I became a guide in my beloved city. For more than twenty years I practiced as a lawyer. Passionate about the City of Light, I decided to study what was my passion: Paris and its history. I wanted to share my knowledge and become a guide in Paris but a real guide, like those we see in the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.

So, at age 50, I went back to university to get a guide-lecturer license. Good! I will not hide that it was difficult. But it was worth it because I discovered the history of art, the history of France, the history of Paris and also the history of French literature. Good French literature I already knew a little because before, I had a license of French as a foreign language and I gave courses in French literature to foreigners. Marcel Proust, Madame de Sevigne, Baudelaire and Zola did not have any secrets for my students.

As I am Parisian, what fascinates me are the stories of other Parisians, those of past centuries: Christine de Pisan, Madame de Montespan, Josephine de Beauharnais, George Sand and Sarah Bernhardt. I do not know if you know them well but they are all exceptional!

I wanted to share my passion for all these amazing and inspiring women and I dedicated a book to them. And I was lucky. My book, Belles et Rebelles, interested an editor who published it.


December 10, 2019

David Downie

David Downie, Author and Tour Guide

David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites.

He’s co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera.

Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, one literay novel and two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor), an app about Paris history (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events), and another app about the food and wine of Rome (both Apps are currently being updated and are not available–stay tuned). Downie’s latest nonfiction works are A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food (winner of the 2017 Gourmand Award for best American food-travel book) and A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light, both published by St. Martin’s Press.


January 14, 2020

February 11, 2020

March 10, 2020

Roni Beth Tower

Roni Beth Tower, Psychologist, Educator, Author
"Paris from a Personal Perspective"

Roni Beth Tower is a clinical, research and academic psychologist who taught at Yale and Columbia Teachers College. After retiring, she turned from writing science to memoir. Her award-winning book, Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance (She Writes Press, 2016), describes the two years preceding her mid-life move to Paris in 1998.  Her blog,."Life, Refracted" can be found at psychologytoday.com/blog/, and her writings about Paris are at bonjourparis.com/author/.  Other articles, background, and photos are on her website, miracleatmidlife.com.  She and her husband now live in Tarrytown, New York, but spend at least two months each year in their beloved Paris.


April 14, 2020

Heather Hartley

Heather Hartley, Author

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and the author of Adult Swim and Knock Knock, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her short fiction, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Slice and other venues. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA Online program.

We'll be celebrating poetry and spring this month and talking about poetry in and about and around Paris. 

Celebrating National Poetry Month

May 12, 2020

June 9, 2020

Author, Talia Carner

Talia Carner, Author

Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. An award-winning author of five novels and numerous stories, essays, and articles, she is also a committed supporter of global human rights. Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects centered on female plight and women’s activism.

Talia is the author of The Third Daughter (September, HarperCollins)
Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll & Puppet Child.


July 14, 2020

August 11, 2020
En Vacances!

September 8, 2020

October 13, 2020

November 10, 2020

December 8, 2020