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
*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.
Susan Herrmann Loomis, Author and Cooking Instructor
To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.
October 8, 2019
Lisa Anselmo, Author, Creative Director and Blogger
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
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 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, Psychologist, Educator, Author
April 14, 2020
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.
May 12, 2020
June 9, 2020
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)
July 14, 2020
August 11, 2020
September 8, 2020
October 13, 2020
November 10, 2020
December 8, 2020