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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

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Books - Interview

 

Podcast. With Jake Lamar

Interview with Jake Lamar

The American writer Jake Lamar, author of a memoir and five novels, will be reading from his latest thriller, Ghosts of Saint-Michel (St. Martin’s Minotaur), at the Village Voice Bookshop (6 rue Princesse, 75006 Paris) on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Lamar is the winner of the Grand Prix de Cognac for his first novel, The Last Integrationist (Crown), translated into French in 2005 as Nous Avions un Rêve (Rivages/Thriller). He recently talked to Paris Update about his latest book, his other works, and his life in Paris. To listen to the interview with Lamar, click on the links below.

Question: You’re a New Yorker and you’ve been living in Paris since the early ’90s. What drove you to come here, and has France been good to Jake Lamar, the writer?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3)

Q: Tell us about the Cognac Prize you won for the French translation of The Last Integrationist?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3)

Q: Ghosts of Saint-Michel is set in Paris in late August, 2001, just prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks. The key scenes in the book take place at the Fontaine Saint-Michel. Why did you choose this time period for your book, and why Saint-Michel and not some other Parisian monument?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3)

Q: Your main character, Marva Dobbs, the well-known chef of a soul food restaurant in Paris, appears briefly in your previous novel Rendezvous Eighteenth, as do some of the other characters. What made you decide to make this new mystery revolve around Marva?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3)

Q: What made you decide to start writing thrillers? Can you tell us how you approach the genre?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3): choosing to write thrillers

Click here for Jake's response (MP3): genre conventions

Click here for Jake's response (MP3): influence of Hitchcock

Q: You said that If 6 Were 9 was the book that was the most fun to write. What about the others?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3), part 1

Click here for Jake's response (MP3): part 2

Q: What's next?

Click here for Jake's response (MP3)

Interview by Jeanne Bernard and Perry Leopard

To read a review of Ghosts of Saint-Michel, click here.

© 2006 Paris Update

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