David Downie, Author and Tour Guide
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The Gardener of Eden
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 literary novel and two thrillers, and dozens of anthologies (as a contributor). David’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.
His latest fiction novel is The Gardener of Eden: A haunting and luminous novel that explores the dark secrets lurking beneath the stunning natural beauty of a dying timber town.