Après Midi

Note: Après Midi is once again being held live at the café with social distancing requirements.
Every 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 September 8, 2020

Cara Black

Cara Black, Author

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


Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

October 13, 2020

Jim Haynes

Join us for a Special Screening of “Meeting Jim!”

Meet Jim Haynes in the film of an extraordinary journey that, in the summer of 2016, took this unusual 85+-year-old man to the cities of Paris, London and Edinburgh. Because 'Meeting Jim' is meeting people.

* NOMINATED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY * at the World Premiere June 23, 2018 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018

People call him the inventor of the social network, the real-life version of Facebook; his world famous open Sunday dinners in Paris were a must for ‘off the beaten track’ lovers and his life story is the real proof that a life based on the good side of humankind is actually possible.

The film is 1 hour 16 minutes long.

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

Véronique Savoye, Tour Guide and Travel Writer

A dual French-American citizen, Véronique has spent most of her adult life studying, working and living in France (her homeland,) and in the United States. She relocated to Paris in 2019, after 23 years in the United States. A Parisian once again, Véronique has brought her two passions, travel and adult education, together.

When she is not writing about France and French culture, she travels around Paris and her homeland with North American visitors as a tour guide for Rick Steves Europe. She also leads custom neighborhood and food tours in Paris, (“Wander with Véro”) and French immersion tours and workshops.

If you have followed her adventures on her blog, in social media, or in person on the road, you know there is a lot to discover, and learn from French Girl in Seattle as she “Takes France!”
Whether she's traveling, guiding, or writing, you can expect a native’s honest (and often humorous) point of view on French culture, mentality and way of life.


January 12, 2021

Eileen Callahan

Eileen Callahan
Founder: Follow A New Path
Motivational Speaker and Champagne Lover

My story can be summed up with a cliché and the title of a famous film: everything happens for a reason and An American in Paris.

I had a dream career path, eating and drinking my way through the world in two industries: first travel, then wine and spirits. But that day came when it all slipped away, and it felt as if a dark cloud hung over me and the world stood still. In that split second, everything changed: I had no idea what was next, but I knew nothing would ever be the same.Have you ever wanted to completely change your life, shake it up, or end a vicious cycle? Maybe start a new career, move to a new city or country, or make some other life-altering change? Pursue a passion left unexplored? Leave it all behind? How do you even begin? Have you really thought through what it would take, or if a new direction is right for you?

Eileen will share details and insights from her journey and outline specific steps, tools, and questions to ask yourself in order to take on radical life changes and pursue new dreams or ambitions. Join her to gain a new perspective, have a few laughs, and maybe find a bit of clarity about the direction you want your life to take. Together let’s explore if you are ready to Follow A New Path.


February 9, 2021

Harriet Welty Rochefort

Harriet Welty Rochefort, Author

Harriet Welty Rochefort is an author, speaker, freelance journalist, former professor of journalism at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and longtime resident of France.

Harriet has written three light-hearted, informative books on the French and their ways. They are French Toast, French Fried, and Joie de Vivre, all published by St. Martin's Press. Her latest book, Final Transgression, published in June 2020, is an historical novel that takes place in Paris and southwest France before and during World War II. The book has received a golden endorsement from none other than the eminent U.S. historian Robert Paxton who called it “vigorous and compelling”, and “historically well-grounded.”

A French-American dual citizen, Harriet lives with husband Philippe in the trendy east of Paris in a garden apartment with a tiny lawn just big enough to mow and a fig tree that has miraculously defied both Paris weather and pollution.


March 9 2021


Craig Carlson, Author and Proprietor of Breakfast in America

More information to come.



April 13, 2021

Heather Hartley

Heather Hartley, Author

Heather Hartley is the author of Adult Swim and Knock Knock, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press and was the long-time editor at the lateTin House magazine. 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