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 March 12, 2019:

 Annabel Simms


Annabel Simms, Author

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


Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

April 9, 2019

 Adrian Leeds on House Hunters International
Adrian Leeds, Real Estate Agent, House Hunters International

Adrian Leeds has "starred" in 36 episodes of HGTV'S House Hunters International episodes since 2006, as a French property consultant who helps people realize their dream of owning property in Paris and all of France! Join Adrian for at Après Midi as she combs the romantic streets of Paris to find the perfect pied-à-terre or journeys to the French countryside in search of the ideal home for her clients. Three episodes of House Hunters International will be shown and Adrian will talk about her experience filming the shows and will open the forum to questions.

See http://adrianleeds.com/home/house-hunters-international

May 14, 2019

Timothy Jay Smith

The Fourth Courier - Timothy Jay Smith

Timothy Jay Smith, Author

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Timothy Jay Smith had an unparalleled international career and life that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through Occupied Territories, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.
He’s always willing to talk about how he selects and puts his stories together, as well as his own journey from self-publishing to being represented by a prominent New York agency which landed him a two-book deal with America’s fastest growing independent publisher.

Someone once remarked that Tim is so well traveled that he could fill a whole library with his stories. With the April 2019 release of his third novel, The Fourth Courier (Skyhorse Publishing), he’s on his way.
Set in Poland in 1992, The Fourth Courier, a literary thriller, captures the era when communism fell. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise, his novel set in Africa, “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for A Vision of Angels, his novel about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More recently, he won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for his Greek story, Fire on the Island. He’s already working on a thriller set in Istanbul.

Timothy's Website
The Fourth Courier

June 11, 2019

Author, John Pearce

John Pearce, Author

John Pearce is a part-time Parisian but lives most of the the year in Sarasota, FL. He worked as a journalist in Washington and Europe, where he covered economics for the International Herald Tribune and edited a business magazine. After a business career in Sarasota, he spends his days working on his future books. For several months each year, he and his wife Jan live in Paris, walk its streets, and chase down interesting settings for future books and his blog, JohnPearceAuthor.com. They lived earlier in Frankfurt, Germany, which gave him valuable insights for several of the scenes in his books in Paris.

When John graduated from college, he went straight to Mississippi to cover the Civil Rights struggle for The Associated Press. It was an eventful time — his car was burned in a riot, he was threatened by the still-powerful KKK, a day never passed without excitement or danger or both.

Then came Washington, where he put his economics and political science education to use, met and married Jan, and moved to Europe.

During his time as a special correspondent for the International Herald Tribune in Frankfurt he realized he’d really rather be in Paris and began working toward his goal. Two careers later he’s a part-time resident of la belle ville and writes novels about it.

He found inspiration for his award-winning Treasure of Saint-Lazare novel series in his last 15 years as a part-time resident of Paris, his passion for World War II history and the three years he lived in Germany, where he and Jan became magazine editors and wrote economic and finance articles in the German-speaking world for the IHT, long before it officially became the International New York Times.

Books by John Pearce

Treasure of Saint-Lazare was chosen the best historical mystery of the year by Readers’ Favorite, the large review site whose annual writing contest is one of the most followed. Its sequel, Last Stop: Paris, was chosen best indie book of the year by Shelf Unbound, the online writers’ magazine. His third novel, Finding Pegasus, a techno-thriller, was published late last year. All three appear frequently on Amazon best-seller lists and maintain high sales rankings, typically in the top 2% of all Amazon books.

His fourth novel, which has the working title Washington Square, will feature a German Afrika Korps soldier who becomes a POW in upstate New York, meets and falls in love with a farmers’ daughter, is repatriated and then comes back to the Catskills as … something else. It is scheduled for publication this year. Of course, much of it will take place in Paris.

John publishes two websites: his blog, Part-Time Parisian, features stories about Paris and book reviews. His book site, JohnPearceBooks.com, focuses on his own books.


July 9, 2019

Janet Hulstrand

Demystifing the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You - by Janet Hulstrand

Janet Hulstrand, Writer, Editor, Writing Coach and Teacher
"Demystifing the French"

Demystifing the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You is Janet’s second book (her first was Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home). Demystifying the French is a practical guide aimed at first-time visitors to France as well as long-term expatriates: it is designed to help readers "crack the code," avoid common mistakes, and get off on the right foot with the French.  At this Après Midi, she will read from her book and answer questions about her approach to getting along better in France by acknowledging (and accepting, and appreciating) what “makes the French tick.”

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher who divides her time between Essoyes, a village in southern Champagne, and various parts of the United States. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Today, France Revisited, and for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She created, and has taught “Paris Through the Eyes of Travelers” for the City University of New York in Paris nearly every summer since 1997, and since 2008 she has also led “Writing from the Heart” workshop/retreats in the French countryside.


Writing from the Heart...in the Heart of France
Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road
The Essoyes School

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

December 10, 2019