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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Stick up for science
> The Paris March for Science begins at 1pm at the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), April 22.

Silent films from Switzerland?
> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, April 20-May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, April 19-29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

Take home a winemaker
> Winemakers from Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux come to Paris to offer tastings of their products in wine bars and private homes for the event J’Irai Déguster chez Vous. Various venues, Paris, April 20-22.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Bedos’s Monsieur & Madame Adelman preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 21.

Polaroid pix
> The “Expolaroid” exhibition features Polaroid images by nine artists. La Maison des Ensembles, Paris, through April 25.

Binge-watching
> Festival Séries Mania shows TV series from around the world and holds debates, conferences and special guests like Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” all for free. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 23.

Travel yarns
> Travel fanatics get together at the Paris Travelers Festival to swap tales of their adventures. FIAP, Paris, April 22-23.

Street art indoors

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The gallery Art in the Game will be showing works by Felipe Pantone at the Urban Art Fair.> Some 30 galleries show street art at the Urban Art Fair. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 20-23.

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.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.

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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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