Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 p.m.
A room of your own was once a fine thing but NOW it might be time for MORE, namely, A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light. Start your summer with a page-turning trip through this wonderfully varied new collection of personal essays by fantastic writers, edited by Eleanor Brown, author of two New York Times bestsellers, including The Light of Paris. Brown, also a contributor, will read and discuss with her fellow contributors, New York Times bestselling authors Jennifer L. Scott, Lessons from Madame Chic, and Maggie Shipstead, Astonish Me. Celebrate Bastille Day weekend with this reading, talk, q&a and signing.
“My time in Paris,” says New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), “was like no one else’s ever.” For each of the eighteen bestselling authors in this warm, inspiring, and charming collection of personal essays on the City of Light, nothing could be more true.
While all of the women writers featured in A Paris All Your Own have written books connected to Paris, their personal stories of the city are wildly different. Meg Waite Clayton (The Race for Paris) and M.J. Rose (The Book of Lost Fragrances) share the romantic secrets that have made Paris the destination for lovers for hundreds of years. Susan Vreeland (The Girl in Hyacinth Blue) and J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements) peek behind the stereotype of snobbish Parisians to show us real people. From book club favorite Therese Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald) to mystery writer Cara Black, author of 17 Aimée Le Duc crime novels set in Paris (most recently Murder in Saint-Germain), historical author Lauren Willig (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation) and memoirist Julie Powell (Julie and Julia), these Parisian memoirs range from laugh-out-loud funny to wistfully romantic to thoughtfully somber and reflective. Perfect for armchair travelers and veterans of Parisian pilgrimages alike.
“An engaging, delightful glimpse into female writers’ experiences in Paris.”—Library Journal
“[A] lively assemblage…The essays offer tantalizing portraits of both the city’s beauty and grit.…What makes this collection a treat are the varying viewpoints about this singular city…A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned travelers as well as those planning their first adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews
photo by Joe Henson, NYC
Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris. She teaches writing workshops at The Writers’ Table in Highlands Ranch, CO, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO, as well as writing conferences and centers nationwide. Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals.
photo by Kevin McIntyre
Jennifer L. Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. and creator of the blog The Daily Connoisseur. She is a contributing writer for Huffington Post Style and has been featured on CNN, BBC, and CBS News, and in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Daily Mail.
photo by Michelle Legro
Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction.