ONLINE CLASS: Paris: 21st Century Writers on the City of Light (2174)

Three Fridays: July 9, 16, 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST

Price: 
$105 (10% off for members)

In this class we will read three collections of essays by a wide variety of twenty-first century writers. For those who are longing to come to Paris but can’t do so quite yet, this is a lovely way to travel there vicariously through a rich variety of viewpoints. 

We’ll start with David Downie’s Paris Paris: Journey Into the City of Light, which is the book I always recommend when someone asks me “If I can bring only one book to Paris with me, which one should it be?” This collection of 31 short prose sketches written by Downie over a period of years for a variety of publications has something to please, interest, and/or enlighten almost anyone on some aspect of the “people, places, and daily life” in Paris, whatever their interests may be. Downie, who has aptly been called “an intrepid traveler” is particularly strong on 19th century French history (and personalities), but he also has a vivid interest in architecture, a vibrant wit, and an incessant curiosity that leads him (and his readers) from one fascinating, offbeat adventure to the next. Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light, specially curated by Penelope Rowlands for this collection, centers on the question she asked herself when conceiving it (“Why, of all the places I’ve lived, did Paris affect me the most?”) It includes writers from Cuba, Iran, Iraq, England, Canada, the U.S., even France. Our final discussion will be inspired by Eleanor Brown’s anthology of essays by 18 best-selling women writers, A Paris All Your Own, a collection that ranges from “laugh-out-loud funny to wistfully romantic to thoughtfully somber and reflective.”

In each of these classes we will be pleased to have a visit from the author/editor of the book (David Downie, Penelope Rowlands, Eleanor Brown), who will join us for part of the class to take our comments and questions.

Three Fridays: July 9, 16, 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST Online Class.

 

Reading Schedule:

July 9: Paris Paris: Journey into the City of Light 

July 16: Paris Was Ours

July 23: A Paris All Your Own

Required Texts:

Paris Paris: Journey Into the City of Light, Written by David Downie (9780307886088)

Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light, Edited by Penelope Rowlands (9781565129535)

A Paris All Your Own: Best-Selling Women Writers on the City of Light, Edited by Eleanor Brown (9780399574474)

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher who lives in Essoyes, a village in southern Champagne, on the border of Burgundy. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and France Revisited, as well as for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She has taught "Paris: A Literary Adventure" for the City University of New York since 1997, and literature and culture classes at Politics and Prose since 2011. Janet’s unique perspective, developed over more than 40 years of living, working, traveling, and teaching in France, as well as her expertise as a writer/editor, will enrich our discussions. She is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and is currently working on her memoir, A Long Way from Iowa.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light Cover Image
By David Downie, Diane Johnson (Foreword by), Alison Harris (Photographs by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307886088
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2011

A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light Cover Image
By Eleanor Brown (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399574474
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 4th, 2017

Paris Was Ours Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781565129535
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 8th, 2011