English-speaking Paris

Many American residents joined nearly a thousand Parisians as they marched near the city's iconic Eiffel Tower demonstrating their worries about Trump's agenda. The march was organized by an informal Facebook goup "Paris Against Trump." Carrying signs saying such things as "Hate Won't Make America Great" "We are better than this" and "Ecology Emergency: Politicians Wakeup" several of the American demonstrators said that they were still shocked by Trump winning the election. One spokesman for the group who is French said in an interview with "FranceInfo" that the idea of demonstrating came together spontaneously.  "our objective is to communicate to the French that the consequences of this election will be felt all over the world."

Paris actress Vivienne Vermes impersonates Queen Elizabeth II discussing BREXIT. The spoof was written and acted by Vermes and filmed by friends using a Samsung 6. Very drole... check her out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSy8iAbk6kI

FESTIVAL: New Writings, New Styles

. Twinned with the Franco-Irish Literary Festival in Dublin, Centre Culturel Irlandais presents a festival celebrating contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish and French writers engage in a series of debates and talks about the preoccupations, styles and dynamics of contemporary literature.  The festival (March 3 and 4) features such topics as "Novel-Writing today in France and Ireland" and "Alt-Facts or Alt-fiction : whose truth is it anyway?" discussed by Maylis de Kerangal, Mike McCormack, Lisa McInerney, Laurent Gaudé, Rob Doyle, Declan Meade, Paul McVeigh, Colette Fellous, Jean Rouaud, Rob Doyle, Julia Kerninon, Dermot Bolger, Patrick Deville, Paul Lynch and Léonor de Recondo. Centre Culturel Irlandais – 5 rue des Irlandais – 75005 Paris RSVP: http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/

An evening about food: Kristen Beddard, Emily Dilling and Jessie Kanelos Weiner will speak about local produce and how Paris is changing when it comes to eating locally and in season. The discussion will be moderated by food writer Alexander Lobrano (March 7 at 7:30PM) The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du General Camou, 75007 Paris.

The SOS Help semi-annual used English book sale will offer a huge selection in every category, at low prices (2€ for books and DVDs, 1€ for children's books), as well as some delicious goodies at the bake sale!  To donate books in good condition, simply bring them to the sale on March 12. This is a major fundraising event for the SOS Help charity. Sunday, March 12. Noon to 4pm at Orrick Law Offices (basement), 31 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016 Paris. For more information visit website http://www.soshelpline.org

San Francisco theater company Word for Word will perform the story "All Aunt Hagar's Children," by Edward P. Jones  (March 27 & 28 at 8PM) Jones evokes a neighborhood of vivid characters, telling a story set in 1950s Washington D.C. about the strength of family and the choices that shape our lives. At the American School of Paris in Saint-Cloud. 41, rue Pasteur St. Cloud. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. Founded in 1993 by Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter, Word for Word believes in the power of the short story to provide solace, compassion, and insight into our daily lives.

Sophie Body-Gendrot speaks at the American Library about her book "Public Disorder and Globalization" (March 01 at 7:30PM) that looks at the growth of incidents around the world that can be seen as symptomatic of major transformation in globalized society, government and technology. Combining qualitative and quantitative research, this ground-breaking text analyzes oppositional notions of order and disorder in global, national, and local contexts and considers the role of the police, the justice system, and other authorities in developing a range of responsive strategies (Routledge Press). The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du General Camou, 75007 Paris.

Celebrate Saint Patrick's day in Paris with Irish fiddle player Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Friday March 17 at 7.30pm, reservation recommended €18 (€15 for students and unemployed). Speaking of his second album "And Now The Weather"  The Irish Times said: “These are tunes that are effortlessly cinematic, conjuring images of weather-beaten coastlines and vast green expanses… a consistently beautiful and frequently incandescent collection.” Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais – 75005 Paris

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic correspondent for "The Irish Times" discusses the challenges for Ireland in post-Brexit Europe (Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm). Free admission, reservations recommended. Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais 75005 Paris

The Tower Theatre Company returns to Paris performing "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare (June 6 - 11, 2017)  at the Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan, Bois de Boulogne. More information in English and French about performances, on-line booking instructions and directions to the theatre are also available at http://www.towertheatre.org.uk/index.htm

Book events at American Library: Jeffrey Goldberg, Sarah Kaminsky presents her book "A Forger's Life," (February 22, 7:30PM) the gripping tale of her father who forged documents for Jews during the Nazi Occupation, as well as refugees from many lands over 30 years, to give them safe passage out of danger. The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, Paris, 75007.

Moving Parts play readings in English: Gwyneth Hughes "Chimes" "Posters" & "Theatrics" (January 22, 2017); Anni Walsh "Distant Shores" (February 5, 2017). Readings 7:30PM at City 27, 27, Cite Industrielle, 75011. Metro: Voltaire.

Citizens Book Club at Shakespeare and Co (February 23, 7PM) discuss "Democracy and the Bhagavad Gita" In the ancient dialogue The Bhagavad Gita, a god spurs a reluctant warrior-king to a bloody battle of epic proportions. How did this text, sometimes called the "gospel" of Hinduism, come to serve as an inspiration for brotherhood and peace? What can the Gita teach us about democratic citizenship in ominous times? 

As our guide to this multilayered text, the Citizen's Book Club welcomes teacher and activist Amanda Dates. A native New Yorker, environmentalist and longtime resident of Paris, Amanda is also co-founder of "Expansion, Freedom & Voice," an intensive training course in yoga and Vedic spirituality. Shakespeare and Co, 37, rue du la  Bucherie, Paris 75005


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