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.
Timothy Jay Smith, Author
To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.
June 11, 2019
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.
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
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.
September 10, 2019
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.