LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Wandering Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light
“At last I have come into a dreamland …” famed Abolitionist and American author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, once said of Paris.
There is, indeed, a dreamlike quality to Paris. A crossroads of time, culture and personality, it seems a place where the layers that separate us from our imaginings become permeable. The glamour of the past and the promise of the future, merge in the present moment, just as Gil Pender, the aspiring writer-hero of Woody Allen’s 2011 romantic comedy, Midnight in Paris, discovers. Gil encounters Alice B. Toklas, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and more, in his nostalgic meanderings.
A group of writers gathered on the Left Bank in September 2012. They lost themselves in the food, the fashion, the art, the music, the architecture, café society, and the many faces of love. But sometimes it goes dark in the City of Light. Our writers also had to contend with Parisian bureaucracy, intercultural tension, French engineering, and what lurks beneath the City’s very fashionable surface.
The lights go off and on for all of us. Why do we keep coming back to this dazzling metropolis like moths to the flame? Because the roads that lead us to Paris, to personality, to passion, lead to our very selves.
As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.”
Join us for wine, snacks and more than a taste of Paris when Wanderland Writers editors, Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar, and contributors to the newest Wanderland Writers anthology toast the City of Light.
Readers will include:
Laurie McAndish King
Linda Watanabe McFerrin