Saturday, July 12, 2014

Books: Best Friends Forever

Forced to abandon his library when fleeing Nazi Europe, author Léopold Stern arrived in Rio De Janeiro in 1940 on the famous Serpa Pinto ship with 420 other refugees. Over the next two years, he would jot down his impressions of his new home in what was to become the book, Rio De Janiero et Moi.

In one of the essays, entitled "My Book" (Mon Livre) he reflects on what he misses about having his own books with him.

"My" book is not the same as the one you will find in the front window of any bookstore, from the same author and with the same title; far from it!

"My book," he explains, is the one full of my own margin notes, of places that I underlined, and of earmarked paged that I bend myself, even though I hate, as an act of brutality, to see the pages of a book bent. It is the one that I read for the first time when I was sixteen, listening to a Nocturne of Chopin floating down from the floor above.

And in explaining what is special about "my book", Stern gives us perhaps the most convincing reason - 70 years before the creation of the ebook - why the electronic book will never replace the printed book in our hearts.

Read Complete Essay "My Book" by Léopold Stern, 1942 (translated into English by Linda Zuckerman)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014



ISBN-13: 978-0982369852

available now on Kindle USAKindle FranceKindle UK and IN PAPERBACK. 

Bookclubs please contact for group orders

For some, Paris is home, for others, merely a dream. For Gaston, it is a bench, the anchor of his life. For Sue, a romantic city filled with scandalous, dark-eyed men, for Frank an all-consuming fire, for Mme Santinelli a ghost she'd hoped to forget. By turns humorous, bittersweet, historical or surreal, each of these carefully selected stories invites us to explore a different facet of Paris.

BEST PARIS STORIES brings together the winning short stories of the 2011 Paris Short Story Contest with works by Jeannine Alter, Bob Levy, Lisa Burkitt, Nafkote Tamirat, Marie Houzelle, Jo Nguyen, Julia Mary Lichtblau, Mary Byrne, Marie Houzelle, Jane M. Handel, and Jim Archibald.

"Exciting new voices from the winners of the 2011 Paris Short Story Contest" - Paris Writers News

Friday, September 13, 2013

Publication news from Best Paris Stories author Mary Byrne!

Mary Byrne's short story "Frank stands his ground, in Belleville" was a finalist in the Paris Short Story Contest and selected for inclusion in BEST PARIS STORIES.

Born in Ireland and living in France, Mary's short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories (2008) and Queens Noir (2008).  Winner Fiction International short fiction contest 2011.

We are delighted to report on her most recent publications. Congratulations Mary!

Friday, September 6, 2013

New stories from Julia Lichtblau, winner of the Editorial Committee Prize

Julia Lichtblau, winner of the Best Paris Stories Editorial Committee Prize to publish new stories in Narrative Magazine and The Florida Review.

 The Ivory Hotel, will be published Oct. 7 in Narrative Magazine, and  Foreign Service, is coming out in The Florida Review. The story, Circus, was a finalist in Narrative Magazine's Winter 2013 Story Contest!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anne Korkeakivi, author of An Unexpected Guest, to speak at The American Library in Paris Oct 10

“Serious geopolitics mixes with parenthood and the finer points of entertaining... Like her protagonist, Korkeakivi’s writing is cool, calm and composed." - The New York Times
Wed 10 October 2012 
Evenings with an Author: Anne Korkeakivi

The American Library in Paris

10, rue du Général Camou
75007 Paris, France
On a lovely spring day in Paris – post-9/11 and several months after the London Underground bombings — Clare Moorhouse, the Irish-American wife of a high-ranking British diplomat, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband’s career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the abrupt arrival of her son from boarding school in England and a random encounter with a man on the street, who may be a suspected terrorist. More unnerving still is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. But it can’t be him…
Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WICE to offer class in writing about Paris

Thursdays October 4, 11, 18, 25

Course Description: For so many, Paris is less a place than a dream, an icon of romance and beauty infused with all manner of improbable hopes and impossible desires. For those of us who live here, however, Paris is a very real and sometimes gritty city, the backdrop for the evolving dramas of our daily lives. How to write about Paris – and our lives here –  especially when our reality does not conform to the fervent expectations of others? In this four part series, mixing classwork with writing exercises, we will learn from the masters and explore avenues for writing about Paris in ways that are both fresh and personal.

Instructor: Laurel Zuckerman is the director of Best Paris Stories and the editor of Paris Writers News. Her books include Sorbonne Confidential (Fayard) and Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie (Fay