About Secrets of Paris

Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

* Free Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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About Scott Dominic Carpenter

A bit of a rolling stone, Scott grew up in various cities in the States and abroad. He started learning French at age 9, and first visited Paris at age ten, returning frequently—even working in southwestern France and in Brittany before going on to complete a PhD in French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now he teaches French literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). For the past twenty years he has lived part-time in Paris.
Scott’s creative work is best known through his novel, Theory of Remainders, a story about a father’s quest set, in Normandy, France. Named to Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of 2013,” the screenplay of the novel has been optioned by Film 14. His collection of short stories, This Jealous Earth, also plays on notions of foreignness.
He has published travel writing in Silk Road and Lowestoft Chronicle, and other forms in such journals as South Dakota Review and Gravel Magazine, receiving several nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and an honorable mention in the national Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch award. Currently he is working on a book of essays about the City of Light, entitled A Meer-Kin in Paris. More information about his creative work is available on his website, at www.sdcarpenter.com.
Scott has also published a number of scholarly books and articles, including Acts of FictionReading Lessons, and The Aesthetics of Fraudulence.
Presentations, Interviews
Because Scott leads a secret life as a professor, he often presents scholarly work at conferences. As a creative writer he has participated in over fifty public events in the past three years alone, including readings, interviews, and talks on the craft of writing. Among them are: 
  • Radio interviews with Minnesota Public Radio (KNOW), KYMN, and KFAI
  • Reading at the American Library of Paris
  • Reading/lecture at English Language Library in Angers, France
  • Headliner at FOX Cities Book Festival
  • Headliner at BOND Book Festival in Minnetonka, MN
  • Alliance Française (sponsored events), in Minneapolis and Chicago
  • Events at various Barnes and Noble stores