Après Midi

adrianEvery second Tuesday of the month (except August), since 2003 (!), Adrian Leeds personally hosts an open and free gathering to the public, enhanced by a speaker from the community who offers something special to share with everyone! Speakers range from authors who have a new book out to filmmakers to specialists in their fields -- always a topic of interest with an open forum for questions and discussion. There is no need for registering in advance...just come any time, but the earlier you get there, the better your seat!

3 to 5 p.m. the Second Tuesday of the Month (except August)
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie

(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

See Map Here

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Après Midi February 11, 2020:

Erin Zaleski

Erin Zaleski, Writer and Editor

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.


Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

March 10, 2020

Roni Beth Tower

Roni Beth Tower, Psychologist, Educator, Author
"Paris from a Personal Perspective"

Roni Beth Tower is a clinical, research and academic psychologist who taught at Yale and Columbia Teachers College. After retiring, she turned from writing science to memoir. Her award-winning book, Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance (She Writes Press, 2016), describes the two years preceding her mid-life move to Paris in 1998.  Her blog,."Life, Refracted" can be found at psychologytoday.com/blog/, and her writings about Paris are at bonjourparis.com/author/.  Other articles, background, and photos are on her website, miracleatmidlife.com.  She and her husband now live in Tarrytown, New York, but spend at least two months each year in their beloved Paris.


April 14, 2020

Heather Hartley

Heather Hartley, Author

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and the author of Adult Swim and Knock Knock, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her short fiction, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Slice and other venues. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA Online program.

We'll be celebrating poetry and spring this month and talking about poetry in and about and around Paris. 

Celebrating National Poetry Month

May 12, 2020

William Jordan

William Jordan





June 9, 2020

Author, Talia Carner

Talia Carner, Author

Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. An award-winning author of five novels and numerous stories, essays, and articles, she is also a committed supporter of global human rights. Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects centered on female plight and women’s activism.

Talia is the author of The Third Daughter (September, HarperCollins)
Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll & Puppet Child.


July 7, 2020:

Ella Dyer

Ella Dyer - Nice in Nice

Ella Dyer, Author

"Nice in Nice: Is a Lifetime Enough?"

Author of Nice in Nice: The day-to-day musings of a middle-aged housewife living "part-time" in the South of France, Ella Dyer is fond of saying "A lifetime in Nice is never enough!" (amazon.com/)

Over the past 35 years, Ella’s varied career path has taken her from working at the Playboy Mansion to earning an MBA from The International University of Monaco. She and her husband of nearly 30 years, Jody, found their apartment in Nice long ago and before the introduction of the Euro. During her time on the Riviera, she focuses on helping others learn about and live with gusto on the Côte d'Azur. She's a member of the American Club of the Riviera (ACR), MonacoUSA, the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) and is founder of Meet the Authors, an annual event that highlights both local and international writers with a connection to the Côte d’Azur. Ella is the Adrian Leeds Group's premier Property Consultant on the Riviera and proves that Nice is nice by single-handedly being the welcome committee for our clients and friends who chose to visit or live in or near Nice.


August 11, 2020
En Vacances!

September 8, 2020

Cara Black

Cara Black, Author

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.

In Three Hours in Paris, Cara Black brings her masterful knowledge of the city and its people to the Second World War and an imagined failed attempt on the life of Adolf Hitler by a female, American sniper that leaves her fate and that of the war effort very much hanging in the balance. The result is a taut, smart, heart-in-throat page turner worthy of the most discerning reader of John le Carre, Daniel Silva or Alan Furst—brava!”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris


October 13, 2020

Toni Kamins

Toni L. Kamins, Writer, Editor,• Content Developer, •Non-profit Communications Management

Every organization needs a dynamic and effective communications strategy to promote its mission, get its message out to the public, the media, and donors, and advance its financial goals. As a communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit world as well as in media relations and journalism, Toni has successfully helped manage and implement the communications goals of both clients and employers. As a professional communications consultant who specializes in not-for-profit communications strategy, she provides an array of creative services including website project management and content creation across a variety of platforms and media.

November 10, 2020

David Downie

Gardner of Eden - By David Downie

David Downey, Author and Tour Guide
The Gardener of Eden

David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites. He’s co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera.

Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, one literary novel and two thrillers, and dozens of anthologies (as a contributor). David’s latest nonfiction works are A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food (winner of the 2017 Gourmand Award for best American food-travel book) and A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light, both published by St. Martin’s Press.

His latest fiction novel is The Gardener of Eden: A haunting and luminous novel that explores the dark secrets lurking beneath the stunning natural beauty of a dying timber town.


December 8, 2020
Véronique Savoye, French Girl in Seattle

January 12, 2021

Eileen Callahan

Eileen Callahan

Eileen Callahan always knew travelling the world was her path, and began flight immediately after college. Who knew you could get a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies! Her adventures began with Club Med Resorts a week after graduation. She lived for one year in the Bahamas on an Island called Eleuthera, then Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. After a year of tan lines and surfers, she knew it was time to return to “stable” land and begin the “serious” stage of her career. Club Med hired Eileen to run the West Coast San Francisco office for six years. So, in her early 20’s, she was skiing Chamonix, Val d’Isere, St. Moritz, Avoriaz France and beyond. After seven years of travelling the world, it was time to take other passions further, and onto the Wine and Spirits Industry she went. She worked for industry legend Mr. Sidney Frank beginning the year he created Grey Goose Vodka and many more iconic brands. She spent 19 years as VP of the West, and is fortunate to have such an extensive resume and experience  in the Travel and Wine and Spirits Industry. Everyone’s path in life is different, and Eileen's experienced the many bumpy twists and turns life challenges you with, as everyone does. "Now it’s time to take a leap of faith and follow my heart."