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 Juy 9, 2019:

Janet Hulstrand

 Janet Hulstrand, Writer, Editor, Writing Coach and Teacher

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



Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

En Vacance!

September 10, 2019
Susan Herrmann Loomis
More Information to Come!

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

April 14, 2020
Heather Hartley
Celebrating National Poetry Month

May 12, 2020

June 9, 2020: Talia Carner
Author, The Third Daughter (September, HarperCollins)
Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll & Puppet Child.
More informaion to come...

July 14, 2020

August 11, 2020
En Vacances!

September 8, 2020

October 13, 2020

November 10, 2020

December 8, 2020