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 May 8, 2018:



Talia Carner

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


Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

June 12, 2018

Oliver Gee - The Earful Tower

Oliver Gee, Earful Tower podcaster

Ever heard of The Earful Tower podcast? If not, it’s about time you had a listen. Australian host Oliver Gee is taking listeners on a whirlwind tour of Paris via wild adventures chasing canal crocodiles, via interviews with interesting experts (including Adrian Leeds herself), and via his viral videos imitating French people.

And now, he’s going to turn his microphones on you guys - the Apres-Midi audience. Come and meet Oliver, hear his stories, then be ready to called upon to take the stage as he gives a rapid fire set of interviews on the audience. Bring your best Paris stories!!!


July 10, 2018

kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack, Author

Kathleen is the author of 10 books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, Knopf, others). Her most recent are Unspeakable Things (Knopf, 2016) and With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Plath, Sexton, Bishop, Kunitz, Others (University of New England Press, 2012). Her work has received major prizes and appears in magazines, anthologies and collections, the latest being The Soul of a Great Traveler (Travelers’ Tales, 2017).

Kathleen will read from her latest novel Unspeakable Things, which deals with refugees from Eastern Europe coming over to New York during World War II. The main characters are members of a string quartet smuggled out of Europe and deals with their displacement and eventual redemption.

Begun in France while the Maurice Papon Trials were going on, in Unspeakable Things Kathleen weaves her own family’s experience as immigrant refugees with her encounters with individuals she met when she lived and taught in the French university system off and on for almost 30 years. France has been a home and a temporary way stop for people escaping oppression, and this is why Kathleen is so very happy to be able to share this novel with you.




September 11, 2018

October 9, 2018

Cara Black - Aimée Leduc mystery novels

Cara Black, Author of the Aimée Leduc mystery novels

Cara is a bestselling American mystery writer. She is best known for her Aimée Leduc mystery novels featuring a female Paris-based private investigator. Black is included in the Great Women Mystery Writers by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd edition.



November 13, 2018

Janet HulstrandJanet Hulstrand Writer, Editor, Writing coach
Downsizing, the Keepers and the Throwers

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature who divides her time between France and the U.S. Although she is mainly known for her writing about France, and particularly about the village in Champagne where she spends much of her time, she is also known as a downsizing expert, as coauthor of a book (Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home) and a blog (Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned) on the subject. At this Après-Midi she will share her expertise in downsizing, focusing on how the “keepers” and the “throwers” of the world can work together harmoniously to get the job done (!) when it is time to downsize the family home.


Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home

Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned

December 11, 2018