I) Readings & events: asterisks mark book-related events
II) Courses in Creative Arts: now & forthcoming in France
III) News Reviews & Reviews News—publications & calls for submissions.
I) READINGS & EVENTS in PARIS in March
Continuing from now through 4 April : KOREA IN PARIS : Force et diversité de l’art coréen,La Corée d’aujourd’hui - Son art et sa culture PEINTURE, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHIE, INSTALLATION, VIDEO, CINEMA, MUSIQUE. At Dorothy’s gallery, 27, rue Keller PARIS 11, Tél. 01 43 57 08 51. Open from Wed to Sat 13-19h, Tues & Sundays 16-19h. Métro Bastille/Voltaire, email@example.com or see for more info: http://www.dorothysgallery.com/
*2 March: SPOKEN WORD : starting at 8.30. Come read YOUR work in English or French, on any topic or the theme of the eve, which is FAMILY. Off-topic stuff also welcome. AT : Cabaret Populaire "Culture Rapide," 103 rue Julien Lacroix. Métro Belleville or Pyrénées (Corner of rue de Belleville & rue Julien Lacroix). http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ There's a giant billboard that reads ''Il faut se méfier des mots'' on the corner !
*2 March 7pm: Rosie Whitehouse, writer and publisher of Reportage Books, presents Denise Affonço, author of To Hell and Back. In one of the most powerful memoirs of persecution ever written, Denise Affonço recounts how her comfortable life in Phnom Penh was torn apart when the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia in April 1975. As a French citizen, Denise Affonço was offered a choice: she could either flee to France with her children or they could all stay together in Cambodia with her husband, Seng, who did not have a French passport. Denise decided the family should stay together. ‘...the sober and moving retelling of a nightmare survived.’ - The Economist AT: Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, M° St Michel/Cluny Tel: 01 43 25 40 93 http://www.shakespeareco.org/
*3 Mars à 19h00 : Venez écouter Emmanuel Moses reading from « D’un perpetuel hiver » AT : L’arbe à lettres, 2 rue Quenu, 75005 m° Censier-Daubenton or Gobelins.
*3 Mars à 18h30 : Venez rencontrer Jean-Michel Espitallier pour « Syd Barrett : le rock et autres trucs » AT : L’arbe à lettres, 52 rue St Antoine, 75012 m° Bastille ou Ledru Rollin.
*4 mars à 19h. WENDY DELORME est à Paris pour le lancement de son deuxième livre; "Insurrections! en territoire sexuel", aux Editions du Diable Vauvert. RDV à la Libraie Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, pour une rencontre et une lecture publique. www.myspace.com/wendydelorme pour plus sur l’auteure. M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
*4 March 19h30 Evenings with an Expert presents 'The International Herald Tribune: Current challenges, future prospects.' A discussion with Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher, and Alison Smale, executive editor. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. For more info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
4 March 19.30, admission free, reservation necessary (places limited) Guided visit of the Old Library at the Irish Cultural Center. This visit is organized as part of Library Ireland Week and provides a further opportunity to see the Old Library and its illuminated manuscripts. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 5 mars à partir de 19h. A l'occasion de la parution de « Compagnies tactiles » Editions Verdier la librairie Michèle Ignazi a le plaisir de vous inviter à une rencontre avec Michel Jullien AT : Librairie Michèle Ignazi, 17, rue de Jouy, 75004 Paris Tel : 01 42 71 17 00
*6 mars à 19h : Rencontre avec l'écrivain chilien JORGE MARCHANT LAZCANO, de passage à Paris, pour la parution de son roman Un sang pareil au mien (Autrement). Nous sommes au Chili dans les années 50. Mais nous sommes aussi à New York dans les années 2000. Des destins s'entrecroisent à des années de distance et se rapprochent au fur et à mesure de la lecture. Nous avançons ou reculons dans le temps pour découvrir peu à peu les parts d'ombre de l'histoire. C'est un récit mené de main de maître qui va faire se rejoindre trois hommes qui vivent de manière radicalement diffférente leur homosexualité et dont l'existence est marquée par un quatrième personnage, propriétaire de salles de cinéma à Santiago. Car le cinéma, celui d'Hollywood avec ses Montgomery Clift, William Holden, Elizabeth Taylor ou Joan Crawford est un fil rouge qui guide l'imaginaire autant que la réalité. Un sang pareil au mien est aussi une saga familiale avec ses secrets, ses déchirements et ses pudeurs. En présence de Renato Paveri, co-traducteur du roman. AT : la Libraie Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
7 March, from 10h00 - 19h00. Used Book Sale at THE AMERICAN LIBRARY. Check out what has to go, get a deal on some fine titles, or discover the obtuse English language gem you never knew you were dying to read!!! Also, this is a great way to support and discover the library!!! The first Saturday of each month. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. Info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
7 March: 18h Paris Soirées Sunday Dinners with special guest tba on their site. A great opportunity to gather, chat, eat, drink, be merry and reflect with a group of people, often with guests who are authors, artists or editors. 06 43 79 35 18 (No text messages please. Thank you.) Address: 13 rue de Mulhouse, 75002 Paris, M° Sentier (Ligne 3). Telephone for code. Check their website for more. http://www.parissoirees.com/
*8 March at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading IN FRENCH of a play by Emmanuel Prelle, "Zone Sensible". For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/, send an e-mail to Stephanie at email@example.com or call 06 14 67 18 58. AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries
*9 March 7pm: Join literary detective David Burke with Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Lights. No city has attracted so much literary talent, launched so many illustrious careers, or produced such a wealth of enduring literature as Paris. From the 15th century through the 20th, poets, novelists, and playwrights, famed for both their work and their lives, were shaped by this enchanting locale. From natives such as Molière, Genet, and Anaïs Nin, to expats like Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Gertrude Stein, author David Burke follows hundreds of writers through Paris´s labyrinthine streets, inviting readers on his grand tour. Unique in scope and approach, Burke focuses not only on their writing but on their passions, ecstasies, obsessions, and betrayals. AT: Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, M° St Michel/Cluny Tel: 01 43 25 40 93 http://www.shakespeareco.org/
10 March 09 18.30 – 20.00, Vernissage admission free Diana Copperwhite “Eclipse of a Title Diana Copperwhite won the prestigious AIB award for emerging artists in 2007 which has led to this ambitious exhibition of large-scale paintings, watercolours and drawings together with an animation piece. Exploring “reality, memory and fantasy” is one of the primary concerns of the artist. The fluid quality of her reworked surfaces suggests recollection in the mind’s eye or a sense of mental space rather than objects and scenes frozen in time. Her drawings attest to the myriad of lateral associations that filter into her work from media images but also personal experience. This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the West Cork Arts Centre. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: firstname.lastname@example.org Show from 11 March – 19 April 09
*11 March 19h30 Evenings with an Author presents William Jay Smith, former poet laureate of the United States, who will read from and share his memoir of his life in France, 'Dancing in the Garden.' AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. For more info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
11th March at 8-30pm STAND UP COMEDY in English with Laughing Matters: invitee of the night, Paul Sinha set to stand-up on the stage of la Java (105, faubourg du Temple Paris 10) Bookings (& more info) can be made through the website http://www.anythingmatters.com/ or by phone (0)1 53 19 98 88
11 mars 2009 - 19H Concert ZENITH - Paris (75) Amitiés poétistes, Travis Burki Where music and poetry play together. Check him out!!!! This is a big venue gig for him, and so perhaps a good opportunity to get in on the excitement of Burkiness For info see: http://www.travisburki.com/
*11 mars à 19h : Reading in English by American author : Rencontre-lecture avec MICHELLE TEA, une auteure lesbienne américaine qui n'a pas encore été publiée en France. C'est donc une occasion unique de la découvrir lors de cette soirée où elle lira (en anglais) ses textes, accompagnée de Judy Minx (en français) qui a entrepris une traduction de ses romans. Tea a participé depuis plusieurs années à des spectacles de lectures ou déclamation de textes tels que All Girl Open Mic et Sister Spit Spoken Word. Elle a publié quelques recueils de poésie (The Beautiful) et plusieurs romans autobiographiques (Valencia, Rent Girl, Rose of No Man's Land, The Chelsea Whistle...) AT : la Libraie Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
11 March – 19 April 09 Installation in the courtyard, admission free Eamon O’Kane “Panorama”The panorama invites the viewer to look at the world in a way which is not possible in real life. Using familiar views from our surroundings, Eamon O'Kane unites architecture and nature into one intriguing structure. The work is not accessible from the outside but on looking through viewing lenses, a panoramic painting and models of imaginary installations become visible. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: email@example.com
*12th March at 19.30 Author Event “Michael Katakis”, author and photographer, will present and sign his latest book "Traveller: Observations from an American in Exile" Foreword by Michael Palin AT: WHSmith - 248, rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris - M°Concorde Free. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
*12 Mar 19.30, admission free, in English Samuel Beckett - The Correspondent, In collaboration with The American University of Paris This evening marks the Parisian launch of Volume I of The Letters of Samuel Beckett by two of the associate editors George Craig and Dan Gunn. Written between 1929 and 1940, these letters provide a vivid and personal view of Western Europe during the thirties. This first volume is also marked by the gradual emergence of Beckett’s unique voice and sensibility, against his own hesitations and the indifference or hostility of others. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: email@example.com
*12 mars à 20h30 dans le cadre du Congrès de la Société Française de Shakespeare, « Shakespeare et l’Orient » SHAKESPEARE EN MUSIQUE par les SORBONNE SCHOLARS AT : Amphithéâtre Richelieu,17 rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5e, Entrée libre For more info on the group : http://perso.wanadoo.fr/chantal.schutz/Scholars/Index.html
*13 mars, à 19 heures, Pour une lecture et des échanges autour d'un verre avec Véronique Pittolo, Virginie Poitrasson et Jean Barral à la librairie Equipages, 61 rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20e
13-22 mars: Festival international de films de femmes de Créteil. Look at their site for full info.
*FOR KIDS: 14 Mar 15.00, 4€, in English, Mighty Tales theatre group presents a show for all ages combining tall stories, music and songs with Victorian gadgetry. Steve Johnston’s lifelong fascination with mechanical figures and miniature theatres and Helen Lane’s interest in musical theatre has led them to reinterpret some old classics and legends in a novel way. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: firstname.lastname@example.org
*14 March 19h00 WICE@The Library: Writers on Writing: A conversation with Susie Morgenstern, author of numerous children's books as well as 'The Aspiring Writer's Journal.' AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. For more info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
*16 March 7pm: Chip Martin will read from his recent book South: two novellas and will be discussing the science and attraction of that genre, which he has favoured as author and editor. He will talk about the experience and tradition of American expatriation in Europe, which the two novellas explore from contrasting points of view and about which he has written as critic under the name Stoddard Martin. With careers as a journalist and teacher behind him, he lives now principally in London, where he runs a small press and is active in the writers organization PEN. AT: Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, M° St Michel/Cluny Tel: 01 43 25 40 93 http://www.shakespeareco.org/
*16 March: SPOKEN WORD : starting at 8.30. Come read YOUR work in English or French, on any topic. AT : Cabaret Populaire "Culture Rapide," 103 rue Julien Lacroix. Métro Belleville or Pyrénées (Corner of rue de Belleville & rue Julien Lacroix). http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/
17 March 19h30 A Talk about Art with Chris Boïcos: Boïcos reveals the Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec. A lecture and slide show. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing this man speak on art, then DON’T MISS THIS!!!! AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. Info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
17 March 19.30, 10€ St Patrick’s Day Concert with the West Ocean String Quartet with Maighréad Ni Dhomhnaill This concert sees Maighréad Ni Dhomhnaill, one of Ireland’s finest traditional singers, team up with the West Ocean String Quartet, which displays a happy disregard for the boundaries between classical and traditional music. Violinists Seamus Maguire and Niamh Crowley, viola player Ken Rice and cellist Neil Martin formed the quartet in 1999 and have explored and composed an eclectic repertoire of music to critical acclaim. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: email@example.com
*17 march, 18h30 - 20h As part of the BNF’s Meet Anglo-saxon authors series, David Lodge will be reading and speaking. Organisé avec la New York University à Paris AT : BNF, Site François-Mitterrand, Petit auditorium, Entrée libre
*17 March at 7pm: Terry Tempest Williams will return to the Village Voice Bookshop to speak about her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World. She has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. "So here is my question," she asks, "what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?" Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women's health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her most recent book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in October 2008 by Pantheon Books. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/index.html
*17-29 MARCH : à la ménagerie de verre du mardi 17 mars au samedi 21 mars 20h30 / THEN à la ferme du Buisson (scène nationale), samedi 28 mars à 15h30 et dimanche 29mars à 19h15 : Ce spectacle de jeunes auteur(e)s …ALLIO – WEBER “Less is more” Pour plus d’infos http://www.biennaledespoetes.fr/
*18 March 19h30 Evenings with an Author presents Gail Milissa Grant reading from and discussing her memoir, 'At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family's Journey Toward Civil Rights.' AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. Info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
NOTE: NEW TIME & VENUE because of closed buildings:
*18 mars à 18h Nous avons le plaisir de vous convier à une rencontre avec Anita DESAI Anita Desai parlera de son roman In Custody (1984), au programme de l'agrégation d'anglais. La rencontre est organisée avec le soutien du centre "Écritures du Roman Contemporain de Langue Anglaise" (ERCLA - Equipe d'Accueil VALE 4085), de l'Ecole Doctorale IV et de l'UFR d'anglais de la Sorbonne. Renseignements: http://www.ercla.paris4.sorbonne.fr/ AT : Ecole Normale Supérieure Amphithéâtre Rataud 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE OF PLACE /DATE FROM ORIG posting & emailing !!!!)
*18 mars de 16h30 à 17h30 : Rencontre avec Jim Hoberman, critique de l'hebdomadaire new-yorkais « Village Voice » présenté par E.Burdeau (des Cahiers du cinéma) La rencontre est organisée par NYU in France. AT : Salle 1 NYU in France/56 rue de Passy/ 75016 Paris/ code B9824/1968 contact for more info : firstname.lastname@example.org
18 mars à 19h : Vernissage-rencontre de l'exposition de photos de CATHERINE DEUDON "Photos mouvementées" et sur le n°46 de ProChoix "MLF, le mythe des origines". En présence de FRANÇOISE PICQ, LILIANE KANDEL et (sous réserve) NADJA RINGART. Depuis 1970, Catherine Deudon a inlassablement mis son talent de photographe au service des mouvements féministes. Elle a saisi les manifestations, les réunions, les personnalités et en offre ainsi un témoignage vivant. Elle expose un choix de ses photos de 1970 à 2009 dont certaines sont extraites de son livre Un mouvement à soi, 1970-2001 (Syllepse). Le vernissage est l'occasion d'une rencontre avec certaines de celles qui ont participé au numéro de la revue ProChoix qui remet en contexte historique les débuts du mouvement de libération des femmes. Ce numéro propose aussi un entretien inédit avec Monique Wittig sur la fondation du MLF. AT : la Libraie Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
*19th March at 19.30Gilles Pudlowski, author of Pudlo Paris, and well-respected journalist and food critic for Le Point, will present and sign his new travel guides for Normany/Brittany; Alsace; and Provence. AT: WHSmith - 248, rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris - M°Concorde Free. RSVP at email@example.com
*20 March at 7:30 PM UPSTAIRS AT DUROC, the Paris-based literary journal, and the AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS invite you to a reading/performance to celebrate Le Printemps des Poètes. The four poets whose work will be featured are: ALEXANDER DICKOW, ALISTAIR NOON, RUFO QUINTAVALLE AND GEORGE VANCE. Bios: American poet & translator Alexander Dickow has published poems & articles, & is the author of Caramboles, a bilingual collection of poems (French/English) published by Argol Editions in 2008. After completing a DEA in French literature in Nantes, he continued his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey but now lives in France. Alistair Noon's chapbook At the Emptying of Dustbins was recently published by Oystercatcher Press, & his translation of Pushkin's Bronze Horseman appeared online at Horizon Review. His essay Translocal Underground: Anglophone Poetry and Globalization appeared in issue 3 of Bordercrossing Berlin. He lives in Berlin, where he runs the Poetry Hearings festival. London-born Rufo Quintavalle, studied at Oxford and the University of Iowa, and now lives in Paris. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, The Wolf, London Magazine, MiPOesias and elimae. A chapbook, Make nothing happen, is out from Oystercatcher Press. Ohio-born George Vance, author of Bent Time, a chapbook, was most recently involved in experiments with word/image fusion, tags & street art. His hybrid language & video installation, "Heights", was exhibited in Brussels in 2006, & he recently designed a 'totem' sculpture with a Kanak artist. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris. Metro: Ecole Militaire, Alma Marceau or RER C: Pont de l'Alma.
20 March 19.30, admission free Hippolyte agus Aricie Directed by Lynn Parker Rough Magic theatre company and Ellen Cranitch present a concert version, with new text, of Hippolyte agus Aricie in an Irish adaptation of the opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau. In this version, the famous baroque opera is re-interpreted through traditional Irish music. This fusion was developed by composer-in-residence Ellen Cranitch with traditional musicians Caomhin O'Raghallaigh (fiddle), Paudie O'Connor (accordion) and Robbie Harris (bodhrán). AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 mars : théâtre (IN ENGLISH) : Bad News Gospel, une courte comédie-musicale par l'Est Paris Theater: Deux prêcheurs (Lari Lucien et Perry Leopard) qui pourraient être sortis du roman "La sagesse dans le sang" de Flannery O'Connor chantent du gospel et attendent une invitation à la table du Seigneur. Au Petit Ney pour plus d'infos : http://www.est-paris.com/
*22 Mar at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of a play by Kit Leonard, "The Legend of Dermot McTier". For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/, send an e-mail to Stephanie at email@example.com or call 06 14 67 18 58. AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries
*23 March 7pm: Tonight James Bonnet, discusses the deep structure that all great stories have in common, which is the source of their power, & metaphor, genre & narrative structure. James is an internationally known writer, teacher & story consultant, was elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Writers’ Guild of America & has written or acted in more than forty television shows & features. The radical new ideas about story in his book, Stealing Fire From The Gods: The Complete Guide to Story & Storymaking for Writers & Filmmakers, are having a major impact on writers in all media. His new book, Cracking the Story Code: The Secret Structure Hidden in the World’s Great Stories & Films, will be released in spring of 2009. AT: Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, M° St Michel/Cluny Tel: 01 43 25 40 93 http://www.shakespeareco.org/
24 March Open Studio, 14.00 – 18.00, admission free Rencontre with the artist, 19.30, admission free, in English. Artist-in-residence Gemma Anderson, from Northern Ireland, proposes to use her time in Paris to create six large-scale drawings and numerous studies of micro-landscapes drawn from the Mexican and Australian hothouses at the nearby Jardin des Plantes. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: firstname.lastname@example.org
*24 March at 8pm Live Poets Society - Poetry Reading featuring 3 poets: Sue Chenette (Canadian), Derry O' Sullivan (from the UK), and Jennifer Pinard. AT: THE HIGHLANDER PUB, 8 RUE DE NEVERS 75006 PARIS, m° ODEON or ST. MICHEL, TEL: 01.43.26.54.20 http://www.the-highlander.fr/ donation 5€
24 March 19h30 SCBWI@The Library: Savoir Faire talk on Children’s book publishing with with Orel Protopopescu. Her most recent picture book, TWO STICKS, on sale at the event. More on her at www.orelprotopopescu.com. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. For more info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
24th march at 8-30pm STAND UP COMEDY in English with Laughing Matters: invitee of the night, Tony Law– set to stand-up on the stage of la Java (105, faubourg du Temple Paris 10) Bookings (& more info) can be made through the website http://www.anythingmatters.com/ or by phone (0)1 53 19 98 88
*FOR KIDS: 25th March at 15.30: March Kids' Club “Happy 10th Birthday, Gruffalo!” theme. AT: WHSmith - 248, rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris - M°Concorde Free. RSVP at email@example.com
*25 mars à 19h : Rencontre avec NAÏRI NAHAPETIAN pour la parution de son roman policier Qui a tué l'ayatollah Kanuni ? (Liana Lévi). L'auteure tire avec brio les fils de plusieurs trames et dévoile des facettes de la société iranienne loin des stéréotypes. N. Nahapetian a quitté l'Iran après la Révolution islamique à l'âge de neuf ans. Elle vit à Paris et est reporter pour des périodiques français. AT : la Libraie Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
28 March: from noon to 4pm SOS Help Paris’ Spring Booksale is on Thousands of donated English books on sale, priced from just 1€. Tempting homemade treats at the coffee corner. Donations? contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org feeling down? call us up! SOS Help 01 46 21 46 46 http://www.soshelpline.org/ BOOKSALE is AT: St Jo's Church, 50 ave Hoche 75008 Paris (M° Etoile).
*30 March 7pm: Robert Camuto will be speaking about his passion for France’s wine & terroir with his new book, Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country. Corkscrewed recounts Camuto’s journey through France’s myriad regions—& how the journey brought about a profound change in everything he believed about wine. A celebration of the diversity that makes French wine more than a mere commodity, Camuto’s work is a delightful look beyond the mass market to the flavors offered by the true vintners of France. Corkscrewed recently won the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Category of Best Book About French Wines published in the US. ‘my favorite new book … (which) inspires thirst & curiosity.’ New York Times AT: Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, M° St Michel/Cluny Tel: 01 43 25 40 93 http://www.shakespeareco.org/
31st March & 1st April : concerts by ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwell and his band at la Java! 105, faubourg du Temple Paris 10 Bookings (& more info) can be made through the website http://www.anythingmatters.com/ or by phone (0)1 53 19 98 88
I) A sneak peek into April’s readings:
*1er avril à 19h : rencontre avec CATHERINE DESCHAMPS et ANNE SOUYRIS sur leur essai Femmes publiques. Les féminismes à l'épreuve de la prostitution (Amsterdam)
*2 April 19.30, admission free, reservation necessary (places limited), in English La Médiathèque rencontre… Lia Mills lives in Dublin and is the author of two novels, Another Alice and Nothing Simple, as well as short stories and critical articles. She has also published In Your Face: One Woman’s Encounter with Cancer, Doctors, Nurses, Machines, Family, Friends, and a Few Enemies, an autobiographical account of cancer. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris. Information and reservation for all events: email@example.com
4 April from 10h00 - 19h00. Used Book Sale at THE AMERICAN LIBRARY. Check out what has to go, get a deal on some fine titles, or discover the obtuse English language gem you never knew you were dying to read!!! Also, this is a great way to support and discover the library!!! The first Saturday of each month. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. Info: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/ or 01 53 59 12 60.
*5 April at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of a play by Michael Black "The Minotaur". For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/, send an e-mail to Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 06 14 67 18 58. AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries
*7 April at 7:30 p.m. Vanina Marsot will present and sign her first novel “Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life & Love in Paris” Sexy, sophisticated, and infused with the sights and sounds of Paris, Foreign Tongue is a charming, poignant look at one woman trying to understand who she is in two countries.' AT: WHSmith - 248, rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris - M°Concorde Free. RSVP at email@example.com
7th April at 8-30pm our April fool “Chris Addison” does stand up for Laughing Matters! la Java (105, faubourg du Temple Paris 10) Bookings (& more info) can be made through the website http://www.anythingmatters.com/ or by phone (0)1 53 19 98 88
PART II: WRITING & ARTS Workshops (by start dates):
7 & 8 March: Check out the Parisian Literary SalonS: a curious & diverse group gathers to discuss and probe a specific text. 2 Upcoming Lit Salons in Paris: March 7th: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (4:30- 9:30 PM, optional writing workshop one hour before); two spaces remaining. Price of 45 euro includes supplementary resources. AND March 8th: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (3:30-8:30 PM); one space remaining. Price of 45 euro includes supplementary resources. MARCH 7th: Each line is so carefully crafted and ice-sharp. Through Ruth's narration we learn more about the impermanence of things- people, places, home- and watch her struggle to adulthood with the awareness that nothing stays in place. Ruth's Aunt Sylvie tries to guide her, but Sylvie cannot break the habits of transience... There is a freedom found here- and this book reveals profound possibilities in a spare world. From an interview with Marilynne Robinson in the Sunday Times (Sept. 08): "Now let me be clear - I'm not saying that you're actually dead if you haven't read Marilynne Robinson, but I honestly couldn't say you're fully alive". FOR MARCH 8th : Virginia Woolf's work makes an ideal study for the Salon. Her writing is challenging to read on one's own, rich as it is in images, references and details that deliver a powerful emotional and intellectual impact. The Salon format encourages exploration by reading with a group of diverse and questing minds. Email Toby Brothers at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details. More information on http://literarysalon.free.fr/
Starting March 7th : photography class at WICE on Saturdays mornings with Jennifer Huxta! “FAMILY DOCUMENTARY” Capture the exciting moments and quiet times in the daily life of your family. Explore and interpret the notion of "family" any way you like. Working for 4 weeks, you will learn how to create strong portraits of people in their own environments. The study and practice of composition and reportage are the main components of this class. The class will focus on making the strongest compositions possible in the viewfinder rather than cropping the picture later on, using a strong foreground to give depth to a photograph and using leading lines to guide the viewer's eye throughout the composition. With daily practice, you will master camera controls in order to put the technical aspects of photography in service to your personal vision. Learn how to work quickly and spontaneously to record emotions and moments. Meeting each Saturday to review your photographs and exchange ideas, you will develop an in-depth photo story of family life. Contact email@example.com for more information.
12th to 15th March: The course “Starting Afresh” will be lead by Jill Dawson and Louise Doughty. The intense four-day writing workshop devised by Jill and Louise is for writers who feel stuck, and who are genuinely willing to start afresh. This is not necessarily a course for beginner-writers, but for those already working on short stories or novels who feel their characters are dreary, their prose lifeless and their narrative pedestrian. An espresso-shot of something new is required to shake things up, to rethink the structure and/or voice of the work. The workshop will involve lots of discussion, inspiring writing tasks and exercises in a highly structured environment where participants will work hard to rediscover the joy in writing and to find new ways to make their work 'alive'. And hopefully have a lot of fun along the way. More info on the course and the Faber Academy can be found at http://www.faber.co.uk/article/2009/1/faber-academy-paris-march09
April 17th-19th READING THE BODY Weekend Salon special offer The Parisian Literary Salon is offering an intensive weekend study at a retreat in Bourgogne with bodywork specialist Ann Moridian. Ann runs Pranastretch classes in Paris; she has spent her life studying and performing dance and movement through a variety of cultural translations and schools of study. Ann and I have considered together the distance between the work of the body and the work of the mind- and wondered how to bridge that distance. We will be using Michael Ondaatje's sense-filled work The English Patient to ground our exploration of the relationship between words and body. Cost: 200e, includes food, housing and all sessions for the weekend. For more details, email Toby Brothers at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Salon website: http://literarysalon.free.fr/
May 10 - 15, 2009 Annual Paris Poetry Workshop with Cecilia Woloch, For the seventh year, the Paris Poetry Workshop will offer English-speaking poets from the U.S. and Europe the opportunity to come together for a week of intensive workshops, talks and readings. Daily workshop sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will focus on close critique of works-in-progress and generative writing exercises. Afternoon activities and evening readings will offer opportunities to interact with Paris-based poets and artists. Limited to 10 participants. 700 eu/$895 US. For further info, write to Cecilia at <email@example.com>.
JUNE, 2009: TWO-WEEK CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP Infuse your writing with new vigor in this two-week workshop with award-winning novelist Sarah Van Arsdale. Start something new, or gain insight into on-going work. Fiction, memoir, and that mysterious borderland between. This writing workshop will be held at the Centre d’Art Marnay in Marnay sur Seine, and will be conducted in English. Beginners and experienced writers welcome. The price of $2,900 USD includes daily writing workshop with exercises and critique of student work, accommodations, all meals with wine, and excursions to Paris and around the Champagne region. June 1-13 or 14-30. For more information, see atlanticwritersworkshop.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PART III: Reviews News & New Reviews — submit/just out:
OUT NOW: 12 x 12: Conversations in 21st-Century Poetry and Poetics (University of Iowa press) http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2009-spring/mengert.htm Bringing together penetrating conversations between poets of different generations as they explore process and poetics, poetry's influence on other art forms, and the political and social aspects of their work, 12 × 12 restores poesis to the center of poetry.Christina Mengert and Joshua Marie Wilkinson have assembled an expansive and searching view of the world through the eyes of twenty-four of our most vital and engaging poets. Punctuated by poems from each contributor, 12 × 12 brings together an unparalleled range of poets and poetries, men and women from around the world, working poets for whom the form vitally matters. Contributors in pairs are: Jennifer K. Dick–Laura Mullen; Jon Woodward–Rae Armantrout; Sabrina Orah Mark–Claudia Rankine; Christian Hawkey–Tomaž Šalamun; Christian Hume–Rosmarie Waldrop; Srikanth Reddy–Mark Levine; Karen Volkman–Allen Grossman; Paul Fattaruso–Dara Wier; Mark Yakich–Mary Leader; Michelle Robinson–Paul Auster; Sawako Nakayasu–Carla Harryman; Ben Lerner–Aaron Kunin.
SUBMIT FICTION & POETRY: FoggedClarity.com seeks exceptional fiction and poetry. Arts Review Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions for our March and April editions. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com. Our February (debut) issue is free and available at www.foggedclarity.com.
OUT IN PRINT NOW: “Bonjour Burgundy: Wriitings from http://www.larochedhys.com/ » edited by John B. Lee, a collection of poems and photos emerging from the Writers' Workshop held annually at La Roche d'Hys, in Burgundy has just been published by Mosaic Press, http://www.mosaic-press.com/. Order your copies from the Bookstore at http://www.mosaic-press.com/, Shakespeare & Co., Paris, Amazon.com, or your local bookseller.For more information about the forthcoming Fifth Writers' Workshop, June 21-29, 2009 at La Roche d'Hys, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.larochedhys.com/
CAROLINE SMADJA IN PRINT: I'm happy to announce the long-awaited release of the anthology "Where We Find Ourselves," (Jewish Women Write About Home) from SUNY Press, to which Parisian local anglophone author Caroline Smadja contributed a short story called "Sisters." The book is available on Amazon. com and has just been released.
ANNOUNCING : la sortie de "ET COMME EMPORTES, ON DEMEURE" (Edit. Dumerchez), de Eric Sarner !!!! Check it out for some good reading in French !
IRISH ACTOR WANTED: young Irish actor For the Moving Parts reading on Sunday 22nd March (Saint Patrick's Day special)we need a 20-something Irish actor (that's MALE, girls). Half-something other than Irish would be OK, provided you sound Irish. It would also be great if you can sing. Please call Stef on 06.14.67.18.58
ENTER NOW: DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest A prize of $1,000, publication by New Michigan Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a chapbook-length collection of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre work. All entries will be considered for publication. Ander Monson will judge. Submit a manuscript of 18 to 44 pages with a $16 entry fee by March 27. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.DIAGRAM, English Department, P.O. Box 210067, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067.Ander Monson, Editor, email@example.com or see thediagram.com/contest.html
UP ONLINE : WOODCOIN. Another two issues are up at the newest magazine of literature & liberal arts, woodcoin.net. Featuring Jerome Rothenberg, Carol Berge, David Plumb, Heller Levinson, Barbara Rosenthal, Mark Terrill, Clare Carswell, Nico Vassilakis, Karl Young, XeusZenon, AnnyNymity; and cover art by Kari Dorth. James Beach, editor
POETRY CONTEST: Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Poetry Prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Daniel Thiel will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March 14. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, Poetry Prize, P.O. Box 223240, Carmel, CA 93922. (831) 624-1813. Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Coordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.torhouse.org/
RAIN TAXI ONLINE: invites you to read a new article by Greg Bachar. Poet, critic, teacher, Bachar’s work has also appeared in Rain Taxi’s print editions. Read his essay/ review “Sister Corita Kent” at: http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2008winter/sistercoritakent.shtml
SEEKING UK ACTORS: British actresses, actors and would-be extras required; for Abdellatif Kechiche's next feature film. Some scenes are supposed to take place in early XIXth century England. I am looking for British actresses and actors living in France preferably in Paris or the region. British nationals can also send photos and details if they wish to work as extras on the film. You can send me photos and CV by mail at : email@example.com or by post : Anne Frémiot, MK2 Vénus, 17 rue Soleillet, 75020 Paris
SUBMIT to new Paris Lit Review “PLATFORM”. See their site: http://www.platformparis.com/ for more. Deadline 30 April 2009 for issue one out in June 2009!!!
BOXWOOD EDITIONS: NEW PRESS & PUBLICATION!!!! Lily Brown and Joshua Marie Wilkinson recently started a new chapbook press, Boxwood Editions. Our first release is Lisa Fishman's “Lining”, a hand-sewn pamphlet-stitched chapbook with a vellum cover. Lining is limited to 75 copies, it's $7 which includes postage. You can purchase it via paypal at http://www.boxwoodeditions.org/ If you're curious, you can watch Lisa read from it in her home in Chicago here: http://www.boxwoodeditions.org/fishman.html
SUBMIT FOR MARCH 16th: Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture Prizes Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Georgia College & State University. Mark Doty will judge in poetry, Marc Fitten will judge in fiction, and Paul Lisicky will judge in creative nonfiction. Submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by March 16. Visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, Arts & Letters Prizes, Campus Box 89, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061. (478) 445-1289. Martin Lammon, Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org or al.gcsu.edu for more info.
COUNTERPATH BOOKS GALORE : Counterpath Press is pleased to announce the following new titles and a new issue of Counterpath Online. Please visit http://www.counterpathpress.org/ for more details. Forthcoming “THERE'S THE HAND AND THERE'S THE ARID CHAIR” by Tomaž Šalamun, “ROSE ALLEY” Fiction by Jeremy M. Davies, “THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND” by René Char, translated by Gustaf Sobin and Recently Released “PLACED: KARESANSUI POEMS” by Carol Snow, Poetry which "Renders visible thought's most minute interstices." —Brian Teare “AURA: LAST ESSAYS” by Gustaf Sobin, and “JULIOLOGY” Poetry by Nicolas Pesquès, translated by Cole Swensen. Online: E-Literature, guest edited by Jason Nelson with Photographs by Susan Jennings http://www.counterpathpress.org/
FUN READS ONLINE: 11 one-act plays by students from the Ecole Polytechnique’s creative writing class in English are now online with pictures from the performances see: http://polywrites.blogspot.com/ to read “ An Afternoon of Words & Theatre” n°s 1 to 11. Click on each entry on the sidebar to read others. Fun and funny work by French students writing theatre in English for the first time.
FROM DEL RAY CROSS: “Dear Shower-mongers, Shampoo issue 34 is now available. In glorious pink! Check it out at http://www.shampoopoetry.com/
SUBMIT POETRY MANUSCRIPTS: Anhinga Press Prize for Poetry A prize of $2,000 and publication by Anhinga Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Poets who have published no more than one book of poems are eligible. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by May 1. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Anhinga Press, Prize for Poetry, P.O. Box 10595, Tallahassee, FL 32302. (850) 442-1408. Rick Campbell, Director. mailto:email@example.com http://www.anhinga.org/for more.
CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH : The Parler Paris website calendar lists lots of up-to-date English-speaking events & conversation partner listings. See: http://www.parlerparis.com/calendar.html
SEEKING NOVELS ABOUT THE MIDWEST: SWITCHGRASS Books, the fiction imprint of Northern Illinois University Press, seeks submissions of full-length literary novels set in or about the Midwest by authors with Midwestern ties. For submission guidelines, please visit http://www.switchgrassbooks.niu.edu/. Mail manuscripts to Northern Illinois University Press, Switchgrass Books, 2280 Bethany Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115.
ONLINE IN FRENCH : Virginie Poitrasson annonce sa nouvelle publication online : Retrouvez sur http://www.blogger.com/www.publie.net, cette dernière publication « TENDRE LES LIENS ». Accédez directement à la page pour feuilletez le livre : http://www.publie.net/tnc/spip.php?article208 Bonne lecture à tous! Pour plus sur l’auteur : http://virginiepoitrasson.blogspot.com/ et http://www.les70.com/auteurs_poitrasson.htm
NEW POEMS : Eschaton (new poems) by Michael Heller (Talisman House Publishers, 2009). Talisman House, Publishers ISBN 13: 978-1-58498-066-7, $14.95 Like the Renaissance and Neo-classical poets who speculated on the Great Chain of Being and microcosm-macrocosm relationships, Heller communicates a vision of human life as related to natural processes of great intricacy and magnitude. He strains his mind and the reader to find the relationships between our experience and these processes in the material world, but the sense of magnificence is worth the strain. Parnassus: Poetry in Review He’s a somewhat latter-day Jewish Yeats, full of terror and joy, trying to make some sense of the chaotic destructiveness of the 20th century in lyric poetry. It is a heroic if impossible task. Mr. Heller’s book is intent on inquiry, full of rumination...filled with illumination. His is a questing intelligence, forever on the trail of the epistemological, the 'flimsy beatitudes of order’. Michael Heller is a poet, essayist and critic. His most recent collection of poetry is Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (2003). He is the author of two autobiographical works, Earth and Cave (2007) and Living Root: A Memoir (2001), and his critical books include Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Work of George Oppen (2008), Uncertain Poetries: Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics (2006), and his prize-winning book on the Objectivist poets, Conviction's Net of Branches (1985). His collection of short fiction, Two Novellas, will be published in 2009. Eschaton (new poems) by Michael Heller from Talisman House Publishers is now available from: SPD, Amazon.com, Greenfield Distribution, Inc (http://www.gfibooks.com/ ; to order, firstname.lastname@example.org) and good bookstores
SEND STORIES TO: THE RAMBLER wants your stories! Get inspired by the artwork we supply—nonfiction, fiction, and poetry welcome. Also seeking regular submissions for nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and photography. Paying market. For details, see http://www.ramblermagazine.com/.
SUBMIT NOW: R-KV-R-Y, a Quarterly Literary Journal is now accepting submissions for its Winter 2009 issue. We seek poetry, fiction, and literary or academic nonfiction on the theme of recovery in its broadest sense, i.e., as the release from oppression of any kind, be it personal, political, or relational. See Web site for guidelines: http://www.ninetymeetingsinninetydays.com/.
ONLINE: Read Lauren Elkin’s latest essay, a review of Sontag's diaries, but from a different angle, up at http://quarterlyconversation.com/susan-sontag-reborn-journals