AMERICANS IN PARIS
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Litquake hosts a feast of words and French cuisine, as we welcome three heralded authors known for Parisian settings in their fiction: Cara Black, Diane Johnson and Ellen Sussman.
The charming setting for this fundraiser will be Cafe Bastille on Belden Place, in the heart of San Francisco's French corridor. We shall take over their intimate cellar dining room for a prix fixe dinner that includes three courses*, unlimited wine, and delicious readings sure to put you in the mood for all things Parisian! Drinks and mingling at 6:30, with program and dinner starting at 7 pm.
* Menu choices (suggested by restaurant):
Mesclun Salad or Onion Soup Gratinee
Beef Bourguignon or Coq Au Vin or Mussels Mariniere, or (for the vegetarians) Mushroom and Cheese or Ratatouille Crepe
Tropical Mousse Cake or Triple Chocolate Mousse
Please join us, enjoy a fabulous meal, and support the largest nonprofit literary festival in the country! Book sales and signing to follow.
Our authors for the evening:
CARA BLACK writes the award-nominated and bestselling Aimée Leduc series of mysteries - including this year's "Murder in Passy" - which are set in different districts of Paris. She's a San Francisco Library Laureate, President of the Northern California Mystery Writers of America and member of the Marais Historic Society in Paris. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, who is a bookseller, and her son, and flies off to Paris at every opportunity.
A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, DIANE JOHNSON has drawn comparisons to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton with her comedies of manners about Americans living and loving abroad, especially in La Ville-Lumière. Her books include "L'Affaire" (2004), "Le Mariage" (2000), and "Le Divorce" (1997), which won the California Book Award gold medal for fiction and was adapted into a 2003 movie starring Kate Hudson. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and co-authored the screenplay to "The Shining" with Stanley Kubrick.
ELLEN SUSSMAN's new novel, The New York Times bestselling "French Lessons," is set in the City of Lights, and follows the lives of three French tutors and their American students, during the course of one eventful day. Her first novel, "On a Night Like This," was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was translated into six languages. She is also the editor of two anthologies, "Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia Of Sex" and "Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave," and an acclaimed writing teacher. She and her husband Neal Rothman live in Los Altos Hills.
Cafe Bastille (View)
22 Belden Place
San Francisco, CA 94104
|Minimum Age: 21|