This new edition of the highly acclaimed Vignettes & Postcards: Writings from the Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris, edited by Erin Byrne and Anna Pook, is an invitation to discover what Allen Ginsberg called “the bewildering beauty of Paris.”
Don George, Billy Collins, Marcia DeSanctis, Georgia Hesse, the SpokenWord poets of Paris, and others wander boulevards, meander through markets, venture across twilit bridges and tiptoe into grandes appartements. We sip Champagne, taste history, and savor la bonne vie. Next, Jean-Bernard Ponthus, Jane Weston, and the other Paris writers await in the upstairs library at Shakespeare and Company to present again the beloved original stories.
Photographs by William Curtis Rolf and sketches by Candace Rose Rardon and Colette Hannahan combine with the stories and poems to offer a nouvelle vision of Paris.
About the Author
Erin Byrne is author of Wings - Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France (Travelers’ Tales, 2016), winner of the Paris Book Festival Award for travel genre, editor of Vignettes & Postcards From Paris and Vignettes & Postcards From Morocco (Reputation Books, 2016), and writer of The Storykeeper film. Erin’s travel essays, poetry, fiction and screenplays have won numerous awards including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist, and an Accolade Award for film. Erin is occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and teaches on Deep Travel trips. Her screenplay, Siesta, is in pre-production in Spain, and she is working on the novel, The Red Notebook. www.e-byrne.com
Anna Pook grew up in South London and originally trained as a performer, specialising in Musical Theatre at the BRIT School, and graduating from the University of Brighton with a BA in Theatre and Visual Art. An experienced teacher, she has worked in the UK, India and France. From 2009 to 2014, she was the resident creative writing instructor at the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. Anna pursued her MA in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, where she was the 2014/15 recipient of the Man Booker Scholarship. She is currently working on her debut novel.
Critical Acclaim for the first book in this series, Vignettes & Postcards - Writings From the Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris, Fall, 2011 (First Edition of Vignettes & Postcards From Paris):
Foreword Book of the Year Finalist
Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner
Readers’ Favorite Silver Award
Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Award
International Book Award Finalist
USA Book News Best Book Award Finalist
Anderbo Top Finalist Book
Honorable Mention: Paris Book Festival, New York Book Festival, San Francisco Book Festival
Vignettes & Postcards deserves to be on every essayist, poet, author or Parisphile’s shelf to read and enjoy over and over again.
-Adrian Leeds, Parler Paris
Vignettes & Postcards is a collection of humorous, lyrical, and philosophical short stories that I found utterly engaging. Readers like me who have visited Paris will find themselves filled with nostalgia. The editors demonstrated keen literary instincts in anthologizing these fine pieces, and the authors displayed a rare literary sensibility coupled with excellent craft that make the stories worth reading over and over again. Each time I found something fresh and enlightening, and I found it hard to put it down.
-Jackie O'Neal, Readers' Favorite