• Person of the Moment: An Interview with Marcia DeSanctis

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Marcia DeSanctis’s journalistic career began as a network television producer. Today she is an award-winning magazine writer, and most recently author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2014). She has been honored with three Lowell Thomas Awards, including one for Travel Journalist of the Year, for her essays on Rwanda, Paris and Russia. In this interview she answers BP writer Janet Hulstrand's questions about her most recent work, the way she feels about France, and what's next on her agenda.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 February 2015 )
  • Interview with Imogen Robertson on her new book: The Paris Winter

    By Anne McCarthy

    It is said that everyone has a book in them.

    Not literally, of course. For if that were the case there would be a lot more book-removal surgeries. Which, according to my doctor friend, does not happen often. Imogen Robertson has had books in her for a long time, and she’s written six of them.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 )
  • French Novelist Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize for Literature

    By Anne McCarthy

    In October, the names poured in from all over the globe. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who champions girls’ rights to education, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Eric Betzig, a 54-year-old Virginian won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. And France’s Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The man is prolific, having published 29 books throughout his career, as well as written children’s books and screenplays. His most recent work, Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier, was published this year by Gallimard.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 December 2014 )
  • Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat

    By Katja Kozlevcar

    The fashion world can get to silly extremes sometimes. Designers produce unwearable art, editors make up incomprehensible demands and cats get their own books. The fashion's most famous pet comes from maison Lagerfeld – creative director of Chanel and one of the most recognisable designers in the world.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 November 2014 )
  • Author Interview with William Alexander: On his new book Flirting with French

    By Anne McCarthy

    Author William Alexander was fifty-three years old when his first book was published. He worked as a technological researcher for the past three decades, before adding bestselling author to his resume as well.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2014 )
  • Author Interview with Stephen Clarke

    By Anne McCarthy

    Stephen Clarke is dirty.

    Or rather, his new book is. Clarke, author of the international bestseller A Year in the Merde and the subsequent books in the Merde series, is adored by readers far and wide for his biting, comic, Brit wit. His wry humor, engaging style and deadpan deliveries punctuate his pages, making for a pleasurable read, be you French, English or other.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • An Interview with Ellen Hampton, Author of Playground for Misunderstanding

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Ellen Hampton, lecturer in history at the prestigious Sciences Po university, and Paris Resident Director for the City University of New York, is the author of Women of Valor: The Rochambelles on the WWII Front, and Playground for Misunderstanding, a murder mystery set in Paris. Before moving to France in 1989, she worked as a journalist in Miami and Latin America. She recently took the time to discuss her career as a writer and educator, as well as her life in France, with BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 July 2014 )
  • Book Review: An Unexpected Guest, by Anne Korkeakivi

    By Janet Hulstrand

    This is a story that will stay with you. A fascinating peek into the domestic life of a diplomatic family, An Unexpected Guest is fraught with tension and suspense. But it is also an extremely nuanced examination of the kind of moral and ethical dilemma that characterizes almost everyone’s life at one point or another, one way or another.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
  • Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover (A Book by Alexander Lobrano)

    By Jane del Monte

    Alexander Lobrano is an American in Paris with a distinctly French sensibility. Nearly 30 years’ living in Paris and singing its praises have dulled neither his palate nor his enthusiasm. This month marks the release of two books by Lobrano, a second edition of Hungry for Paris and his latest, Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover, reviewed here by Jane del Monte.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
  • Light French Recipes: The French Diet Cookbook

    By Jane del Monte

    Snowdrifts give way to crocuses, and songbirds perched in budding cherry trees announce that spring is here, with swimsuit season hot on its heels. It’s that time of year when we confront the pounds packed on over a dismal winter, when nothing felt as good as cocooning. The incentive is there. Now, what about the method?

    Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2014 )
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