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Evenings with an Author, Michael Peppiatt in Conversation with Brian Spence

March 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

Please join us for an evening with author Michael Peppiatt, who will be in conversation with Brian Spence (Abbey Bookshop) on life, work, art, and love in 1960s Paris.

Michael Peppiatt left London in 1966 to take up his very first job as arts editor on Réalités, then Le Monde, in Paris where he lived at the heart of the art and literary worlds for the following thirty years. In 1985, he became owner-editor of the magazine Art International. He has published a dozen books on modern artists (notably Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti) and curated exhibitions of their work.

Michael Peppiatt returned to Paris in 2014 to write The Existential Englishman, an arrestingly frank account of his experiences as a young journalist and writer from 1966 to the end of the 20th century. Subtitled “Paris Among the Artists,” this memoir forms an intimate portrait of the city, including memorable encounters with a host of figures at the heart of Parisian life, from Sartre, Beckett and Cartier-Bresson to Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve. Michael is the wittiest and wickedest of observers, capturing the city’s “grandeurs” alongside its “misères” on every page.
Photo by David Vintiner
Evenings with Authors and other weeknight programs at the Library are free and open to the public (except as noted) thanks to support from the Annenberg Foundation, our members, and those who attend programs. There is a suggested donation of ten euros for non-members. Doors open at 19h00.


March 27
19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min
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