Paris Premiere

Erin Byrne, Gonzague Pichelin, and Benjamin Sutherland will discuss and present two films. Thursday, March 26 at 20:00, La Caféothèque, 52 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris 75004. This is a free event – please purchase a drink.

The Storykeeper

storykeeperIn June of 1944 during the last days of the German Occupation of Paris, 7-year-old René Psarolis is playing on his street, rue de la Chapelle, when A B-17G soars overhead and crashes nearby. The explosion reverberates inside René. Through the years, he is haunted by questions: What happened? Who was in that plane? Did they all die or did some survive? He seeks answers, and finally pieces the story together in a way that changes the lives of two survivors and the families of the fallen airmen. Filmmaker Rogeir Van Beeck Calkoen, writer Erin Byrne. Winner of an Accolade Award, Best Documentary Short at Geneva Film Festival and Universe Multicultural Festival. Erin will also read from “Storykeepers”, winner of a bronze Solas Award for Travel Story of the Year, from The Best Travel Writing, Volume 10.

Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man

portrait dvdIn 1951, George Whitman opened a bookshop-commune in Paris. George, 92 at the time of filming, runs his “den of anarchists disguised as a bookstore,” offering free, dirty beds to poor literati, cutting his hair with a candle flame and gluing the carpet with pancake batter. More than 40,000 poets, travelers and political activists have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, writing or stealing books, throwing parties and making soup or love while living with George’s generosity and fits of anger. Illustrious guests include Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Jacques Prévert, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Welcome to the makeshift utopia of the last member of the Beat Generation. Filmmakers Benjamin Sutherland and Gonzague Pichelin.


Spoken Word Paris

Monday, March 9 at 20:00

Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes

The Spoken Word is an open mic event featuring poetry, monologue, stories and music. This week, among other fascinating readers and musicians, travel and screen writer Erin Byrne will read an excerpt from a story about The Storykeeper, a film about occupied Paris made with filmmaker Rogier Van Beeck Calkoen, from the ELJ collection, Wild Horses, and travel writer and sketch artist Candace Rose Rardon will read her story from the Lonely Planet anthology, An Innocent Abroad.








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Best Women’s Travel Writing in Paris


Readings and discussion from the celebrated anthology,resized bwtw

The Best Women’s Travel Writing

Friday, March 6, 19:00 – 21:00

Salle de Conference

Columbia Global Centers Europe

Reid Hall

4 rue de Chevreuse 75006

Seating is limited



“Tell me,” poet Mary Oliver once wrote, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Oliver’s quote opensThe Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10: True Stories from Around the World. Thirty celebrated writers invite you to ride shotgun as they travel the globe to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The essays are as diverse as the destinations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling that will make you laugh, weep, wish you were there, or thank your lucky stars you weren’t. The Best Women’s Travel Writing speaks to the reasons why we travel – and how travel changes our lives.

Erin Byrne‘s widely published writing has won numerous awards, including Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year. Erin is writer of The Storykeeper, an award-winning film about occupied Paris, occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, and co-editor of Vignettes & Postcards From Paris, the first in a series of anthologies based on her workshops in different parts of the world.

Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novel, An Unexpected Guest (Little, Brown & Co.; 2012), set within the expatriate community in Paris. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published by The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times (UK), The Yale Review, Ms., Travel & Leisure, Islands, The Millions, and many others. Anne has worked for the French publisher Flammarion. She currently lives in Switzerland and is working on a new novel.

Award-winning journalist Jayme Moye has written hundreds of narratives for more than 50 publishers including National Geographic and Fodor’s Travel Intelligence. Her travels have taken her from Afghanistan to Iceland in pursuit of the greatest stories ever told. In 2014, the North American Travel Journalists Association named her Travel Journalist of the Year.

Candace Rose Rardon is a writer and artist whose stories and sketches have appeared on sites such as BBC Travel, AOL Travel, World Hum, Gadling, and National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel blog. Her travel blog, The Great Affair, has been featured in The New York Times.

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