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Evenings with an Author: Liam Callanan
March 18 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
What makes Paris, Paris? In Paris by the Book, a young American family seeks to find out as they resuscitate a bookshop in the Marais, while simultaneously looking for a family member–a writer–who’s disappeared, leaving an unfinished manuscript in his wake. Searching the city, they can’t help but trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, hoping for more clues. But a series of startling discoveries forces them to acknowledge they may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to the family—and the Paris they thought they knew. Novelist Callanan will share some of his own discoveries, including about the lives of Ludwig Bemelmans (the author of the Madeline series) and Albert Lamorisse (The Red Balloon), whose lives and art feature prominently in the book.
Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher and journalist, and the author of Paris by the Book, which was a national bestseller in the US in hardcover. He’s the 2017 winner of the Hunt Prize, and his first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post and elsewhere. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.