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December 2005

Tuesday, December 6th from 5 to 7 pm


Booksigning by Pedro De Alcantara

Becky Cohen has a rough life. She's an outsider everywhere she goes: shunned and mocked at school, at her violin lessons, and at home by her disapproving mother. Her only true friend is her brilliant little brother, newspaper-loving Benjy. She dreams of becoming a great violinist, but at the group lessons she's forced to take at the Y, Becky panics and plays badly. Then Becky meets Mr. Freeman, her building's handyman. He has a lot to teach her about becoming a musician, and being a friend. Gradually, Becky begins speaking her mind more often, and finds that people are actually listening. Then Mr. Freeman tells Becky about a local performing arts high school's scholarship contest. With the lessons learned from Mr. Freeman and Benjy, can Becky overcome her fears and play what's in her heart?

Sunday, December 11th from 3 to 5 pm

The Definitive Guide to the Da Vinci Code
& Paris Then and Now

Booksigning by Paris Walks founders Peter and Oriel Caine

Paris Then and Now


Celebrating beloved cities from around the world, this book on the City of Lights offers a unique combination of historic interest and contemporary beauty. Then and Now Paris features over 100 fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. Each work is a visual lesson in the historic changes of this amazingly beautiful and wonderful urban landscape.

The Definitive Guide to Paris and the Da Vinci Code

The Definitive Guide to Paris and the Da Vinci Code is an invaluable pocket-sized fully illustrated guide book to the Paris of the Da Vinci Code, with a section on the Louvre, Chateau Villette, Chartres, mysterious Paris and a fascinating chapter on symbols. The French language version is now on the best seller list in France. Published May 2005. Editions Bartillat. 12 euros.

October 2005

Lire en Fête
Saturday, 15 October at 11h00, 15h00 & 17h00
featuring Sally Gardner, the Versal poets and Adrian Mathews

11h00:  Sally Gardner, children's author for all ages.

Ms. Gardner will read from her new book, I, Coriander, a glorious novel set in seventeenth-century London, and in the fairy world. I, Coriander is published by Orion Children's books.

The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen.

This is a book filled with enchantments — a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox — that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world. With its brilliantly realized setting of old London Bridge, and underpinned by the conflict between Royalists and Puritans, it is a terrific page turner, involving kidnapping, murder and romance, and an abundance of vivid characters. Coriander is a heroine to love. Her story will establish Sally Gardner as a children's writer of boundless imagination and originality.

15h00:  Versal poets group, including Anna Arov, Megan Garr, Cralan Kelder and Marilyn Hacker.

Versal, published annually by wordsinhere, is the only literary magazine of its kind in the Netherlands and publishes new poetry, prose, essays, and art.

"Versal 3 packs a punch, but does so with a velvet glove of beautiful and lyrical poetry...This is a first class magazine and comes highly recommended... Versal is a pleasure to hold and leaf through, and deserves a place on any bookcase." Kara Kellar Bell,

Anna Arov

Born in Moscow, 1971, Anna Arov immigrated to Canada in 1980, where she managed to avoid culture shock, get a degree in English and Russian literature and move on. After four years in Paris, she now resides in the Netherlands. As a poet trying to make it in the Dutch scene, she has even performed in a windmill. Anna is the author of Observatory, a book of poetry illustrated by Leon Dekker. Her poems have also been part of art installations. Publishing credits include: Versal2, Versal3.

Megan Garr

Megan Garr is a poet and founding member of wordsinhere. She began her study of poetry in Tennessee with descendants of the Fugitive tradition and received her BFA at the University of Montana, Missoula. She currently lives in Amsterdam with her partner and is Editor of Versal. Her poem "Verse in A" was nominated for the 2005 Pushcart Prize.

Publishing credits include: Southern Poetry Review, 42opus, Number One, Keith Wright Memorial Collection, small.spiral.notebook, Poetry Motel, Paper Street, Small Spiral Notebook print edition 2005, and upcoming (in Spanish) in Letra Nueva, one of Uruguay's leading literary journals.

Cralan Kelder

Cralan Kelder (1970, London) has been writing and performing poetry for 15 years. The idea to write poetry came from reading his own travel journals. "They were so boring, even my mother wouldn't enjoy them," Cralan said. He decided to chronicle his further travels in verse. His current interest is well-wrought, accessible, narrative poetry.

Recently, he's spent several years each, writing, working, and living in Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Ha Mokoto (Lesotho). Cralan is Managing Editor of Versal, the print publication of wordsinhere. This year published his first book of poetry, Lemon Red.

Publishing Credits Include: Sundog, Fishdrum, 580 Split, Black Bear Review, X-Connect, Big Bridge, Augustus Truhn's Magazine, & Café Review

Marilyn Hacker

Marilyn Hacker is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Desesperanto, published by W.W. Norton in 2003. She has received many honors, including the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from the Paris Review, the John Masefield Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. She lives in New York and Paris, and is director of the M.A. program in creative writing at the City College of New York.  Photo: Sara Barrett

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17h00:  Adrian Mathews, author of The Apothecary's House.

Adrian Mathews was born in 1957. His mother is Czech and his father is English. He was brought up in South London and read English at Cambridge. For several years he divided his time between England and France but since 1988 he has been based in Paris and lives near the city's Latin Quarter. He is the author of the literary thrillers The Hat of Victor Noir, Vienna Blood and most recently, The Apothecary's House. Vienna Blood won the prestigious CWA Silver Dagger Award in 1999.

The Apothecary's House is a brilliant evocation of Amsterdam which combines fascinating historical detail with a cast of sharply realized characters a fast-paced, finely crafted, riveting mystery. The Apothecary's House is published in the UK by Macmillan and in France by Denoel.

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Julie Carr’s first book, Mead: An Epithalamion (U of Georgia Press, 2004) won the Contemporary Poetry Prize.



Jennifer Dick’s new book is Fluorescence (U of Georgia Press, 2004).


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