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Evenings with an Author: Agnès Poirier, Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-1950
May 30 @ 19 h 30 min
Journalist Agnès Poirier speaks about her book Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-1950, in conversation with NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley. With engaging, entertaining prose, Poirier explores the illustrious history of this iconic Paris neighborhood and its denizens. Reviewing the book for the New York Times, Lauren Elkin (a past Library speaker) writes that Poirier, who finds wonderful anecdotes about figures like Cocteau, Brando, Miles Davis, and others, “manages to create the feeling that we’re peeking into the windows of her subjects, looking into buildings that still stand, at inhabitants long gone,” while Laura Freeman in the Times of London concludes that this “hugely enjoyable, quick-witted and richly anecdotal book is magnéfique.”
About the participants
Born in Paris, Agnès Poirier has lived and worked in London for the last twenty years, and writes in both English and French. Her work has appeared in Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent on Sunday. She advises the Cannes Film Festival on British films and is currently a regular panel member of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Dateline London. She is the author of several books before Left Bank, including Le modèle anglais, une illusion française, and Touché: A French Woman’s Take on the English.
Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture, and gastronomy. Since then, she has steadily worked her way to becoming an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team. A native of South Carolina, Beardsley has a Bachelor of Arts in European history and French from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a master’s degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina.