Book Discussion: We’ll Always Have Paris, Literature in the City of Light–Giovanni’s Room with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes

Book Discussion: We’ll Always Have Paris, Literature in the City of Light–Giovanni’s Room with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes


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What is it about Paris that has kept Americans dreaming for over a century? Is it the majestic tree-lined Boulevard Saint Germain or the seedy cafes in Pigalle, the long walks along the Seine, or the illicit parties in the city’s underbelly? In this three-part series that spans history, literature, and philosophy, author, musician, and Sorbonne professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes will guide you through the lives and imaginations of three of the most important artists to live and write in the City of Lights. Each session will be devoted to one book and one author, starting with Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller and concluding with James Baldwin. Participants are invited to read the works before attending the seminar or are welcome to use the session as a precursor to later reading.

In this session, we will read James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, one of the greatest love stories ever written, and also the first major American work to speak openly about homosexuality

Led by an expert on history and literature, Professor Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, this interactive seminar will discuss three 20th century American masterpieces that were written in and about the City of Lights. Designed to inform curiosity as well as educate, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for the selected works as well as for a better understanding as to why Paris has continually attracted American artists well into the 21st century.

This conversation is part of a three-part series on literature connected to Paris with Samuél Lopez-Barrantes. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a three-week series.

 

Samuél is a novelist and musician who has lived in Paris since 2010. He holds an M.A. in European Society from University College London and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél teaches literature and creative writing at Paris’ Sorbonne. He is also in an American folk-rock trio, Slim & The Beast, whose self-titled EP has already caught the attention of Rolling Stone France.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Wowsers

I was blown away by Samuel's discussion of Giovann's Room and the subsequent Q&A. It's got me yearning to revisit Paris. My first and only visit I felt like I was only briefly touching the city. Though Samuel's Webinars I have felt a need to explore Paris in more depth.

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Cheryl (Essen, DE)
Very interesting conversation

This was a very interesting conversation, covering many different subjects, including race relations in the USA. It encouraged me to re-read Giovanni's Room, and also to dive deeper into James Baldwin's biography.

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Kathy cochrane (Homestead, US)
Samuel’s Room

Lopez-Barrantes is so fluent in his subject that his opening-hour passes swiftly. He brings much more to his work than he can possibly impart within this platform yet remains focused, structured, open and riveting throughout. The closing half-hour audience engagement provides equal expertise with warmth and a sincere interest in gleaning something new from his audience.

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diana barrett (New York, US)
Unusual take on a terrific book

He does a great job...once again..clearly knows the subject well but he manages to present it in a really engaging way..

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J (Vancouver, CA)
Third of 3 great seminars

Really enjoyed these three seminars with books heard of but never read. Samuél did a wonderful job of presenting each of these complicated authors in a sympathetic but thought-provoking way.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Wowsers

I was blown away by Samuel's discussion of Giovann's Room and the subsequent Q&A. It's got me yearning to revisit Paris. My first and only visit I felt like I was only briefly touching the city. Though Samuel's Webinars I have felt a need to explore Paris in more depth.

C
Cheryl (Essen, DE)
Very interesting conversation

This was a very interesting conversation, covering many different subjects, including race relations in the USA. It encouraged me to re-read Giovanni's Room, and also to dive deeper into James Baldwin's biography.

K
Kathy cochrane (Homestead, US)
Samuel’s Room

Lopez-Barrantes is so fluent in his subject that his opening-hour passes swiftly. He brings much more to his work than he can possibly impart within this platform yet remains focused, structured, open and riveting throughout. The closing half-hour audience engagement provides equal expertise with warmth and a sincere interest in gleaning something new from his audience.

d
diana barrett (New York, US)
Unusual take on a terrific book

He does a great job...once again..clearly knows the subject well but he manages to present it in a really engaging way..

J
J (Vancouver, CA)
Third of 3 great seminars

Really enjoyed these three seminars with books heard of but never read. Samuél did a wonderful job of presenting each of these complicated authors in a sympathetic but thought-provoking way.