For the fourth year in a row, the French Library is delighted to host four events, co-presented with the Boston Book Festival and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Join us for a panel discussion entitled "Writing in Paris" at 4:00 PM.
About the event: There are wonderful programs for Anglophone writers in France, particularly in Paris, with several originating from the Boston area. We'll discuss the lure of French travel for writers, as well as the benefits of immersing in a writing project in Paris with some writers who've done just that. And we'll share some resources, too! Come join Lauren Grodstein, author of several novels, including her new one, Our Short History, and the New York Times-bestselling A Friend of the Family; writer/journalist Marcia DeSanctis, author of the New York Times travel bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go; Stacey Resnikoff, frequent freelance writer in Paris who’s working on a novella; and moderator, Boston comedian Kelly MacFarland, to talk about the why, how, and where to write in Paris. We’ll also have information on several writing programs in France that writers at all levels might consider.
Format: 45 min panel discussion with a moderator followed by a 15 min Q&A with the public and a book signing. Language: English
About the Authors
Marcia DeSanctis writes for Vogue and Town & Country magazines and is the author of the New York Times bestseller 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales/Solas
House). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Creative Nonfiction, Departures, Tin House, and Off Assignment. Her travel essays have been widely anthologized, including five consecutive years in Best Women’s Travel Writing and four in Best Travel Writing. She is the recipient of five Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism, including Travel Journalist of the Year, for her essays from Rwanda, Morocco, Russia, Haiti, and France.
Lauren Grodstein’s latest novel is Our Short History; she is also the author of the New York Times bestselling A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything, among other novels. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and
her writing has been translated into languages including French, Turkish, and Hebrew. She directs the creative writing program at Rutgers University, Camden.
Stacey Resnikoff is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer in the Boston area, as well as a multi-year senior writing fellow of the Paris American Academy in Paris. Her stories and essays have
been published in various literary journals, including The Drum (2015 MuseFlash winner) and
Hippocampus, and she’s read her work at Literary Death Match at Oberon. She’s also an award-
winning freelance writer and content expert for a variety of venues, including MIT, Brigham &
Women’s Hospital, and USA Today. Stacey is currently working on a novella set in Cambridge.
About the Moderator
Kelly MacFarland is a Boston based stand-up comedian, writer, and actress. Her well-rounded résumé includes comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals, television appearances, and entertaining US troops overseas. She has performed with the Funny or Die Oddball Festival 2015, on the Comedy Stage at the 2016 and 2017 Boston Calling, and as a featured headliner for the Women in Comedy Festival since its inception in 2009. Kelly has appeared on the TV Guide Channel, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Last Comic Standing Season 9, and AXS Gotham
Comedy LIVE. She’s also host of the web series Fit or Fad for Scripps Networks. An accomplished improviser, Kelly has been a resident cast member of the ImprovBoston National Touring Company since 2014. Kelly is a contributor to the Audible series, Sounds Like America, and is currently writing a collection of short stories based on her stand-up and her life. For all things Kelly, visit www.kellymacfarland.com
About the Boston Book Festival
Since 2009, the Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of Boston.
About the Cultural Services at the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. provide a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community, and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the US, the Cultural Services develop the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action: the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, French language and higher education.
In-Person Discussion in English with Alison Grand Lounes, author of Foolproof French Visas
Thursday, July 20, 20236:00 PM To 7:30 PM
Have you dreamed of moving to France but have no idea where to start? During this talk, Allison Grand Lounes will provide you with great tips on how to smoothly plan your move from the States to France!
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