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Newsletter #92: June 2009


* From Heather’s Desk
* Paris Bookstore News: The Good, the Sad, and the Happy
* Summer Reading Recommendations
* Heather on K&K’s Podcast Show
* Free French Recipes for Budget Cooking
* The Terraces Are Open
* New Bakery and Cheese Cave Tours
* Secrets of Paris Blog & Calendar
* Naughty Paris News
* Gold in Them Archives
* Are you on the list?


* From Heather’s Desk *

Some of you noticed there was no May newsletter. May is my August, when I skip town for a few weeks. This time I was in New York, attending the BookExpo publishing trade show, so I have books on the brain (as you’ll see). In the meantime I’ve become a regular on Twitter (@ParisHeather), usually adding last-minute Paris events and news that doesn’t make it on the Secrets of Paris site. I also just bought a little video recorder, and have been making mini-films of my neighborhood, my market, and excursions around town with my canine sidekicks Pedro & Lena. As soon as I’m done editing them down, I’ll pop them up on the site. If you’re in Paris, enjoy this weekend’s Fête de la Musique, the longest – and loudest – night of the year! – Bises, Heather

* Paris Bookstore News: The Good, the Sad, and the Happy *

The English bookstores of Paris are the stores I frequent the most. If they also sold pastries, I’d be there every day! (hint, hint) So you can count on seeing me at the 20th anniversary party for the Abbey Bookstore on July 1st in the cloisters of St. Severin (next to the bookshop, at 29 rue de la Parchiminerie, 5th). Free drinks, medieval dancing, and...Brian! For more info visit their website.

On a sad note, Brentano’s, another one of my favorite English bookstores on the Avenue de l’Opéra, has officially closed their doors as of June 15. Sniff.

So please support your local English bookstore in Paris (veritable oases for so many expats and visitors) and keep the literary spirit of the city alive: The Red Wheelbarrow, Shakespeare & Company, WH Smith and Village Voice continue their fabulous schedules of free author readings and literary events. Remember: you can’t sip wine and chat with your favorite authors on Amazon! ;)

* Summer Reading Recommendations *

Speaking of books, there are plenty of new ones with a focus on Paris that I can happily recommend for your bookshelf:

- “The Sweet Life in Paris”, a seriously hilarious view of Paris and cooking recipes by David Lebovitz.

- “Sorbonne Confidential”, a scandalous tell-all about the most famous university in the world, by Laurel Zuckerman.

- “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love” by Jamie Cat Callan.

- “Eiffel’s Tower”, about the quarrels, scandals, and personalities who created and celebrated the iconic Parisian monument, by Jill Jonnes.

- “Paris Movie Walks”, with guided walks for film buffs, by Michael Schürmann.

- “Foreign Tongue” an intriguing page-turner of a novel set in Paris by Vanina Marsot.

Want to win a copy of “Foreign Tongue”? Listen to the K&K Podcast episode #248 (see below) to find out how, or check back to the Secrets of Paris blog on June 20th.

* Heather on K&K’s Podcast Show *

I practically stepped off the plane and right into the sexy new “boudoir” studio of Katia & KylieMac to record two episodes for their popular K&K Podcast Show (#247 & #248). If I sound more hyper than jetlagged, I blame it on the caffeine (which I don’t usually consume), but seriously, these ladies are just so much fun to chat with (and the endless supply of Premium M&Ms don’t hurt). If you want to hang with the K&K Posse in person, join their 3rd annual Bastille Day Picnic on the Esplanade des Invalides from 3pm (find info on their FaceBook Group: Katia and Kyliemac Posse)

* Free French Recipes for Budget Cooking *

The Ateliers des Chefs (known for their 30-minute cooking classes for just €17, including lunch) are now offering a free download of their “anti-crise” cookbook, featuring 30 recipes that be made in under 30 minutes and for less than €2 per person (in French, bien sûr). Download the PDF here under “Dossier Recette”.

* The Terraces Are Open *

The summery weather has finally arrived in Paris, but you never know when a sneaky rainstorm will wash out your picnic or a chill to settle in again (like it did for most of summer 2008), so make the best of every sunny day by soaking up some rays on a Parisian terrace, preferably facing greenery or water, not a smog-choked street. The cafés of the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes and Jardin des Tuileries are always sure bets if you can find a space. Try the typically tourist-free terraces of the Batofar and Dame du Canton on the Quai François Mauriac (13th). For canal views try the Point Ephémère on the Quai de Valmy (10th) or up a bit further the terrace of the MK2 (19th). If you’re looking for sun among the Beautiful People, try La Plage (Port de Javel, 15th), just don’t expect the expensive food to impress your palate. And don’t forget your sunblock.

* New Bakery and Cheese Cave Tours *

The Secrets of Paris has teamed up with some local Parisian guides to offer two-hour bakery tours (where you get to make your own bread and croissants) and private cheese cave tours (which are never usually open to the public). We’ve also got a “tasting” tour of one of the best open-air markets in Paris. Ask Heather about these excursions when booking your next custom tour.

* And FREE Tours *

If you’re broke but still like the idea of someone else leading the way through Paris – in English – you can now join in Sandeman’s NewParis Free Tours, given daily at 11am and 1pm from the Place St-Michel (the big fountain in the Latin Quarter). The student-guides work on a tips-only basis, so be kind.

* Secrets of Paris Blog & Calendar *

Don’t forget to have a peek at the Secrets of Paris blog, where you’ll find a photo essay on the 13th arrondissement, info on exchanging money in Paris, stores that sell your eBay items, and where to hire a pedicab. You will also find an updated Paris calendar with some events that you won’t want to miss.

* Naughty Paris News *

Heather will be signing Naughty Paris Guides at the Torture Garden Paris party on June 20, hosting a Naughty Paris Happy Hour on June 30, and then heading to Berlin for a book signing event sponsored by Verführer Magazine. Check out the website for more info or join the FaceBook Group.

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* Gold in Them Archives! *

Browse the Secrets of Paris Archives for more insider tips and tricks to getting the most out of Paris: http://www.secretsofparis.com/newsletterarchives/

* Are you on the list? *

If you’ve been getting this newsletter forwarded from a friend, please consider subscribing yourself. It’s free, and all you have to do is enter your e-mail address in the box at: http://www.secretsofparis.com/subscribe.htm. The benefit? You’ll get your own copy sent directly to your inbox every month, and I’ll have a better idea of how many of you are actually reading. Thanks! –Heather

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Reader Comments (4)

I noted, you did not mention The San Francisco Book Store, among the English book stores. Has it closed?
June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge R. Broadhead
Oops, missed that one (I haven't been there recently, so I assume they're still open).
June 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler
You might be interested to know that there is a celebration being held from June 30 to July 3 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. See nakedlunch.org for details.
June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNakedLunch
You should also have mentioned Berkeley Books of Paris, an excellent second-hand bookshop near the place de l'Odéon.
June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Flint

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