Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas in Paris? A book to give to lovers of France: Best Paris Stories

Spending Christmas in Paris is a holiday dream for so many of us. 

But not everyone can board a plane and fly to the City of Lights. For some, Paris is a dream, and it is these dreams - and the reality - that award-winning authors explore in Best Paris Stories. Travel to Paris this Christmas on the wings of your imagination with these delightful snippets of Parisian life.

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

Readers who acquire the BEST PARIS STORIES paperback from Amazon will be offered a steeply discounted (99 cents) Kindle ebook in addition.

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.

BEST PARIS STORIES were selected by distinguished judges Elizabeth Bard, Cara Black, Janet Skeslien Charles, Charles and Clydette De Groot, Penelope Fletcher, Nicola Keegan, Anne Korkeakivi, Diane Johnson, Robert Stewart, Heather Stimmler-Hall, and Charles Trueheart in collaboration with 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!

Recently published:

  • Short story 'Lay lady lay' appeared in Etchings Issue 11 (print), Ilura Press, Australia.
  • Short story 'Mastery' appeared in Prick of the Spindle Issue 3 (print).
  • 'Rogues' Gallery II', a series of very short fiction pieces, appeared in Fiction International 45: About Seeing (print).
  • 'Journey to the East', a series of short fiction pieces, appeared in Whistling Fire 2013/06/06/journey-to-the-east-2/>
  • Poem 'A day on the rue du Faubourg' appeared in The Cossack Review com/supplement1/mary_byrne.html>
  • 100-word piece chosen by Marco Polo Arts Magazine as part of its 100x100 contest com/Qa-id>
  • Short story 'Pathetic Fallacy' appeared in Midway Journal Vol. 5 Issue 5 Jun12_Fiction-PatheticFallacy.html>
  • Very short piece 'Waiting for the electricity' will be published in the Flash in the Attic anthology featuring twenty-six short-short stories from the Fiction Attic Press contest, due Summer 2013.
  • A parallel life chapbook will be published by Kore Press in Fall 2013 to coincide with their 20th birthday. The story won the Kore Press Short Fiction Award 2012. See <www.korepress.org>
  • Short story 'Old wood best to burn' to be published by Transnational Literature (Australia) in November 2013.

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.
About the author
anne_korkeakiviAnne Korkeakivi is the author of An Unexpected Guest (Little, Brown; April 2012). Her short fiction has been published by the Atlanticthe YaleReviewthe Bellevue Literary Reviewthe Brooklyn Review, and other magazines, and in 2011 she was made a Hawthornden Fellow. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Timesthe Wall Street Journalthe Times (U.K.), the Village VoiceGourmetTravel & LeisureMs., and many other periodicals in the U.S. and the U.K. She was raised in New York City and western Massachusetts, and currently lives in Switzerland with her husband, who is a human rights lawyer at the U.N. in Geneva, and two daughters. Other places she's lived include France and Finland.
Read the Kirkus review of An Unexpected Guest and see more on Anne's website.

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

  • 04 Oct 2012
  • 3:00 PM
  • 25 Oct 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • WICE 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris; Métro:La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle; Bus: 80.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Best Paris Stories authors to read at PAN Art Show in Montmartre

September 11 at 6:30 pm: Marie Houzelle and Jane M Handel will read from the witty "Hortense on a Tuesday Night" and "The Way You Looked at Me" in a special event to celebrate the PAN art show.

The art show is organized by the Paris Alumnae Netwok and is open to the public. It is held  in a wonderful cosy gallery in Montmartre in "annex 2" across from the famous Paris café "Au Bon Coin" - Annex 2, 29 rue Montcalm, 75018 Paris.

For more information about the Paris Alumnae Network Art Show:

In a friendly, cosy gallery in Montmartre from September 7 through September 15, 2012 - 11 am to 7 pm every day.

Join the Artists for the opening or closing parties:
Vernissage: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 7 - 10 pm
Finissage: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 4 - 8 pm

Reading from Best Paris Stories with Marie Houzelle and Jane M Handel: September 11 6:30-7:30pm

Au Bon Coin - Annex 2, 29 rue Montcalm, 75018 Paris.

For full details and party sign-up contact person: Sophie Le Cam sophielecam   AT     yahoo.com (by email only).

Friday, July 27, 2012

Best Paris Stories is honored to be featured in the August 2012 FUSAC, France USA Contacts

France USA Contacts started out nearly 25 years ago as an eight page free classified ad publication which offered jobs and services for the English speaking public in Paris, as well as fun (and useful) language games. It now boasts 60,000 regular readers and the best distribution network in Paris.

Best Paris Stories is immensely pleased and honored to be featured in FUSAC's summer issue (page 34).  

Paper copies of FUSAC can be picked up free all over Paris in restaurants, bookstores, hotels - and even the American Consulate. And one can also read FUSAC online or download the PDF from their website.

In this month's edition, you can read excerpts from four stories:  "A Pinch of Tarragon" by Lisa Burkitt; "The Baker of Vaugirard" by Jim Archibald; "Our Pharmacy" by Nafkote Tamirat; and "Frank Stands His Ground, in Belleville" by Mary Byrne

Thank you FUSAC for helping readers to discover Best Paris Stories!