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.
Roni Beth Tower, Psychologist, Educator, Author
To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.
Heather Hartley, Author
Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and the author of Adult Swim and Knock Knock, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her short fiction, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Slice and other venues. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA Online program.
We'll be celebrating poetry and spring this month and talking about poetry in and about and around Paris.
May 12, 2020
Kathy Borrus is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. She is the author of multiple books including Five Hundred Buildings of Paris, One Thousand Buildings of Paris, The Fearless Shopper, and Stubby, a children's picture book. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, PurpleClover.com, Fits, Starts, and Matters of the Heart, Art Business News, and FranceGuide among others. Her most recently published book is Notre Dame de Paris: A Celebration of the Cathedral.
For this appearance at Après Midi, Kathy will talk informally about Notre Dame, how she came to write and research the book, and the stories that fascinated her about it.
June 9, 2020
Talia Carner, Author
Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. An award-winning author of five novels and numerous stories, essays, and articles, she is also a committed supporter of global human rights. Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects centered on female plight and women’s activism.
Talia is the author of The Third Daughter (September, HarperCollins)
At this presentation she will be talking about her novel, JERUSALEM MAIDEN, half of which takes place in Paris in 1924 during the avant-garde era. It is the story of a young Jewish woman's struggle between her religion and her passion for art.
July 7, 2020:
"Nice in Nice: Is a Lifetime Enough?"
Author of Nice in Nice: The day-to-day musings of a middle-aged housewife living "part-time" in the South of France, Ella Dyer is fond of saying "A lifetime in Nice is never enough!" (amazon.com/)
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. She and her husband of nearly 30 years, Jody, found their apartment in Nice long ago and before the introduction of the Euro. During her time on the Riviera, she focuses on helping others learn about and live with gusto on the Côte d'Azur. She's a member of the American Club of the Riviera (ACR), MonacoUSA, the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) and is founder of Meet the Authors, an annual event that highlights both local and international writers with a connection to the Côte d’Azur. Ella is the Adrian Leeds Group's premier Property Consultant on the Riviera and proves that Nice is nice by single-handedly being the welcome committee for our clients and friends who chose to visit or live in or near Nice.
August 11, 2020
September 8, 2020
Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.
“In Three Hours in Paris, Cara Black brings her masterful knowledge of the city and its people to the Second World War and an imagined failed attempt on the life of Adolf Hitler by a female, American sniper that leaves her fate and that of the war effort very much hanging in the balance. The result is a taut, smart, heart-in-throat page turner worthy of the most discerning reader of John le Carre, Daniel Silva or Alan Furst—brava!”
October 13, 2020
Toni L. Kamins, Writer, Editor, Content Developer, Non-profit Communications Management
Every organization needs a dynamic and effective communications strategy to promote its mission, get its message out to the public, the media, and donors, and advance its financial goals. As a communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit world as well as in media relations and journalism, Toni has successfully helped manage and implement the communications goals of both clients and employers. As a professional communications consultant who specializes in not-for-profit communications strategy, she provides an array of creative services including website project management and content creation across a variety of platforms and media.
November 10, 2020
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.
December 8, 2020
Véronique Savoye, Tour Guide and Travel Writer
When she is not writing about France and French culture, she travels around Paris and her homeland with North American visitors as a tour guide for Rick Steves Europe. She also leads custom neighborhood and food tours in Paris, (“Wander with Véro”) and French immersion tours and workshops.
If you have followed her adventures on her blog, in social media, or in person on the road, you know there is a lot to discover, and learn from French Girl in Seattle as she “Takes France!”
January 12, 2021
My story can be summed up with a cliché and the title of a famous film: everything happens for a reason and An American in Paris.
I had a dream career path, eating and drinking my way through the world in two industries: first travel, then wine and spirits. But that day came when it all slipped away, and it felt as if a dark cloud hung over me and the world stood still. In that split second, everything changed: I had no idea what was next, but I knew nothing would ever be the same.Have you ever wanted to completely change your life, shake it up, or end a vicious cycle? Maybe start a new career, move to a new city or country, or make some other life-altering change? Pursue a passion left unexplored? Leave it all behind? How do you even begin? Have you really thought through what it would take, or if a new direction is right for you?
Eileen will share details and insights from her journey and outline specific steps, tools, and questions to ask yourself in order to take on radical life changes and pursue new dreams or ambitions. Join her to gain a new perspective, have a few laughs, and maybe find a bit of clarity about the direction you want your life to take. Together let’s explore if you are ready to Follow A New Path.
February 9, 2021
Harriet Welty Rochefort, Author
Harriet Welty Rochefort is an author, speaker, freelance journalist, former professor of journalism at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and longtime resident of France.
Harriet has written three books light-hearted, informative on the French and their ways. They are French Toast, French Fried, and Joie de Vivre, all published by St. Martin's Press. Her latest book, to be published this year, is an historical novel that takes place in Paris and southwest France during World War II.
A French-American dual citizen, Harriet lives with husband Philippe in the trendy east of Paris in a garden apartment with a tiny lawn just big enough to mow and a fig tree that has miraculously defied both Paris weather and pollution.