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Pen, Paper, and Palate
France
Yesterday and Today

$10 general / $8 members

Free for Young Patrons ($125) members and higher


Photo Credit: Tim Knox, Kane Haffney, Joyce Ravid

Pen, Paper, and Palate
France
Yesterday and Today

with BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney

Presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin

Tuesday, November 10 | 7 pm

at The Half King
505 W. 23rd Street at 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

“This semiannual salon hosts big-name authors, often all writing in the same genre, to talk over the finer points of their work.” – Time Out New York

Frank Delaney moderates a conversation with an esteemed panel of writers for a witty and engrossing literary salon. Panelists include bestselling writer on fashion, performance, art, and cultural politics Rhonda K. Garelick (Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History); “the high priestess of French lady wisdom” (USA Today) Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don't Get Fat and Meet Paris Oyster); New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Harrison (Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured); professor, historian, and author on warfare Michael Neiberg (The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944); and professor, essayist, and author Ronald Rosbottom (When Paris Went Dark).

The evening will include live music from French cabaret singer Yvonne Constant. A special menu will be available for those who wish to linger for conversation and book signings.




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“Writing an exhaustive biography of Chanel is a challenge comparable to racing a four-horse chariot…This makes the assured confidence with which [Rhonda K.] Garelick tells her story all the more remarkable.”—The New York Review of Books

“Broadly focused and beautifully written.”—The Wall Street Journal

Rhonda K. Garelick writes on fashion, performance, art, and cultural politics. Her books include Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History,, Rising Star: Dandyism, Gender, and Performance in the Fin de Siècle, Electric Salome: Loie Fuller’s Performance of Modernism, and, as co-editor, Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self. Rhonda is the Stanley Kelly, Jr. Professor of Distinguished Teaching in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D and B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Yale.



“The high priestess of French lady wisdom.” USA Today

“A stirring reminder of the importance of joie de vivre.” —Publishers Weekly

Mireille Guiliano is the internationally bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat, and Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food. Born and raised in France, she is married to an American and lives most of the year in New York and Paris. She is the former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. Mireille is recognized as “an ambassador of France and its art of living,” by the French daily Le Figaro and contributes articles on food, wine, travel and lifestyle to a wide range of publications, including Newsweek and The Quarterly Review of Wines.



“[A] vivid account…Neiberg skillfully describes six days of disorganized but bloody urban warfare between poorly armed Frenchmen and mostly unenthusiastic Germans...Neiberg, with a close-up and evocative narrative, delivers a thoroughly satisfying history.”
Publishers Weekly

“The story of how Paris ultimately was saved is complex and inspiring and richly told by Neiberg.” —Dallas Morning News

Michael Neiberg is professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books on warfare in the twentieth century, including The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944. A groundbreaking, arresting narrative of the liberation, The Blood of Free Men tells the full story of one of the war’s defining moments, when a tortured city and its inhabitants narrowly survived the deadliest conflict in human history.

“A profound historical portrait of Paris for anyone who loves the city."―Kirkus Reviews on When Paris Went Dark



“A profound historical portrait of Paris for anyone who loves the city."―Kirkus Reviews on When Paris Went Dark

“Ronald Rosbottom illuminates every corner of a darkened, heartsick city…The result is an intimate, sweeping narrative, astute in its insight and chilling in its rich detail."―Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra, A Great Improvisation, and Véra

Ronald Rosbottom is a Professor at Amherst College. He has published well over a hundred articles and book reviews, has edited three essay collections, has written two monographs on French novelists, and chronicled the Nazi-occupied Paris in his spellbinding and revealing book When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.



“It is impossible for Harrison to write an uninteresting book…read Joan of Arc for what it tells you about the world in which the subject lived and the half-millennium of culture that has continued to mythologize her."The Washington Post

“[Harrison] awes us with her incisive intelligence, her fierce curiosity, her literary prowess.” —The Boston Globe

Kathryn Harrison was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, where, in 1986, she met her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison. Kathryn writes novels, memoirs, personal essays, reviews, biography, and true crime. She teaches memoir at Hunter College's MFA program in Creative Writing, in New York City. Her most recent non-fiction book is Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, the profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose “voices” moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428.


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