Photo of the Week


Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

Drawing through the ages

"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

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, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

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.




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

Buy related books from the Paris Update store.

Reader Reaction

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to respond to this article (your response may be published on this page and is subject to editing).