Saturday, June 23, 2018
3 to 5:30 p.m.
Scotch Tea House
4 avenue Suède
Join us in the lovely back room of the Scotch Tea House in Nice to meet a group of local authors, discover their books and their stories. They will talk about their recent works, read a bit from them and answer your questions. You will have an opportunity to purchase their books and get signed copies! Adrian Leeds, of the Adrian Leeds Group, who is currently writing her own memoir, will emcee the event and share her own experiences.
Authors will have a few of their books for purchasing and signing, but to be sure, you may want to pre-order your copy and bring it with you for your own personal signed copy!
Participation is free (but we ask that you purchase at least one drink to show the host venue how much we appreciate their hospitality). Don’t miss this special event in Nice! No need to register in advance.
For more information email Ella Dyer: [email protected]
Adrian Leeds, Moderator
Adrian Leeds is the founder and director of the Adrian Leeds Group, based both in the U.S. and France to provide a full range of services to "Francophiles" living in North America and France: a complete property consultation service including property search, purchase and sales assistance, financing, sales and marketing and development of fractional ownership properties. She speaks at conferences and seminars in both the U.S. and France on a variety of related topics to living and investing in France and hosts financial seminars and a variety of workshops. Her site AdrianLeeds.com provides a wealth of information for Francophiles as well as reservations and booking services of luxury apartments for a select group of property owners in Paris and Nice. She is the author and editor of the Parler Paris and Parler Nice Nouvellettres®, editor of French Property Insider. Adrian is the celebrated real estate professional on more than 30 episodes of HGTV’s House Hunters International and an episode of FYI’s Tiny House World. In addition, she hosts a monthly coffee-gathering in Paris, Après Midi, where a speaker on a different topic every month enlightens attendees from all over the world.
Meet the Authors...
Jorge Armenteros was born in Cuba, his family leaving for Madrid, Spain, then Tampa, Florida, before finally settling in Puerto Rico. After graduating from Harvard University, he acquired an MD at the University of Puerto Rico and completed his residency in psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, later obtaining an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature at New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University. Armenteros is the author of the 2015 International Latino Book Award winner The Book of I (Jaded Ibis Press), AIR (Spuyten Duyvil Press), and The Roar of the River (Spuyten Duyvil Press). His author interviews and book reviews have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, American Book Review, Rain Taxi, and Gargoyle. Jorge resides in the south of France.
One day at the age of 13, Mike Colquhoun went into a bookshop in St Paul, Minnesota where he discovered Kafka. From there on he has enjoyed labyrinthine surreal worlds. Born in England, Mike was transplanted to the US as a child to lead a transient life. Moving around so much was in itself a surreal experience. His early life has led him to follow an unpredictable path. In his late teens, he became a mural artist in Switzerland. Returning to England he qualified as an accountant becoming a hybrid in IT & design. He continued painting, doing stand-up comedy, improvisation and cartoons. An opportunity arose to exit his career so he could pursue his interests. Writing has always been a passion. Words, often poems, are integral to his painting. His book of poetry, Lines, and his first novel, Continuum, have been published together with a compilation of his cartoons. Mike has written and directed two award winning short movies: Arlene and The Heart. Disdain, his first screenplay, has won an award. His first mid-length film, Julia, is in its final edit. Jennifer, a play which he wrote and directed, was successfully staged in Nice and will be going to London in the Fall. Moving to France was always an objective. Mike now lives and creates in Nice on the Cote d’Azur. His books are available on Amazon and through his website.
Over the past 35 years, Ella’s varied career path has taken her from working at the Playboy Mansion to earning an MBA from The International University of Monaco. Author of Nice in Nice, she founded END Publishing to assist other authors including her oldest granddaughter, Ella Amena Marie. For almost 20 years, Ella and her husband Jody have spent their summers on the Riviera where she is a member of various clubs and organizations.
Cathie Fidler, who lives in Nice where she was born, taught EFL at a local high school for decades, prior to embarking on a writing career. She has now published 10 books (novels, short stories, art books, an illustrated biography…) and translated into French John Boyne’s novel The Absolutist. Her first book (Histoires Floues), In Hazy Zones, has been translated into English. Cathie Fidler will be explaining how Nice (and its region) was affected by the German occupation in 1943, and how her knowledge of the period in general has led her to write the three short stories that compose the book. For those who read French, she will present the collection of short stories that compose Rêves de rencontres sur la Riviera, a book which deals with imaginary encounters between ordinary people and some of the illustrious artists that visited the area. You'll find more about Cathie here.
George G. Kundahl
Author of Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d'Azur, George is a former top official in the U.S. government and retired Major General in the U.S. Army. His military and academic credentials provide unique qualifications for the extensive research underlying his book. The Riviera at War is a remarkable study of this difficult time for individuals in the South of France.
Patricia is the author of the best-selling Love in Provence series and other women's fiction under contract with Lake Union Publishing, represented by Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency. Although Toronto, Canada is her primary home, she spends several months each year in the south of France. She also writes about and shares articles and photography of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur on an assortment of France-related websites.
Patricia is the author of:
- The Bridge Club: …it was never just about the cards
- The Promise of Provence: Book One in the Love in Provence Series
- Promises to Keep: Book Two in the Love in Provence Series
- I Promise You This: Book Three in the Love in Provence Series
- Drawing Lessons
You'll find more about Patricia on her own website.
Timothy Jay Smith
Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. En route, he’s found the characters that people his work. Polish cops and Greek fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and Indian tailors: he’s hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that’s seen him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through war zones and Occupied Territories, represent the U.S. at the highest levels of foreign governments, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-days crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail. Tim brings the same energy to his writing that he brought to a distinguished career, and as a result, he’s won top honors for his screenplays, stageplays and novels in numerous prestigious competitions; among them, contests sponsored by the American Screenwriters Association, WriteMovies, Houston WorldFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Hollywood Screenwriting Institute. He won the 2008 Paris Prize for Fiction for his novel, A Vision of Angels; and Kirkus Reviews called a second novel, Cooper’s Promise, “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. His first stage play, which went on to a successful NYC production, won the very prestigious Stanley Drama Award.