The Writer's Life in Paris: A Conversation with John Baxter and Samuél Lopez-Barrantes

The Writer's Life in Paris: A Conversation with John Baxter and Samuél Lopez-Barrantes


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Hemingway was right to call Paris a moveable feast. With each generation, the table of its delights is spread anew for the newest writers, artists, and connoisseurs. What does today’s Paris offer dreamers experiencing the city for the first time? Do authors still work in cafes as they did in Hemingway’s time, or do they stay up writing in rooftop apartments by the artificial light of the laptop screen? 

What, specifically, does Paris as a city offer that might encourage and amplify the creative spirit? For more than thirty years, author John Baxter has explored every alley and boulevard and sampled every intellectual resource Paris has to offer. His accounts of those explorations, and of tracing the tracks of Joyce, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Stein, are the basis of such award-winning memoirs as "Eating Eternity" and "The Most Beautiful Walk In the World." 

From his home in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the building where Shakespeare and Company founder Sylvia Beach lived and welcomed the cream of the Lost Generation, John and Samuél will sit down to discuss the allure of Paris' past and present – and what it means to be an artist in the City of Light.

Led by Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, an author and writing professor at the Sorbonne, this conversation with prolific author John Baxter will cover the history, art, and ongoing story of the writer’s life in the City of Lights. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of just why Paris remains the literary capital of the world.

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.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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mike mayo (Durham, US)
an enjoyable morning when I'm not in Paris

John Baxter is an old friend and colleague. Haven't seen him in decades but my wife and I are looking forward to joining one of his walks in 2022. I particularly appreciated the warts-and-all approach, downplaying the misty-eyed nostalgia of the subject and focusing more on the economic and political forces that drew so many writers to the city. John and Samuel have an effective partnership that invites the viewer in. I should have had another glass of wine.

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Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Very interesting

Always enjoy Samuel's webinars. Hearing John Baxter's responses to questions by Samuel and others offered insights that were fascinating to listen to.

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Harry Jackson (Toorak, AU)
Excellent salon

What an excellent salon - spending time with these two beautiful people was such a treat! In the sitting room with John Baxter and Samuél Lopez-Barrantes and listening to their discourse was enlightening, amusing and uplifting.
I trust we will see more of these two creative spirits in the near future!

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Doug MacKay (Toronto, CA)

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RAFAEL LOPEZ-BARRANTES (Pasadena, US)

Lovely. Informative, personable, efficient, spontaneous, honest, very friendly. Wonderful time

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
92%
(12)
8%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
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mike mayo (Durham, US)
an enjoyable morning when I'm not in Paris

John Baxter is an old friend and colleague. Haven't seen him in decades but my wife and I are looking forward to joining one of his walks in 2022. I particularly appreciated the warts-and-all approach, downplaying the misty-eyed nostalgia of the subject and focusing more on the economic and political forces that drew so many writers to the city. John and Samuel have an effective partnership that invites the viewer in. I should have had another glass of wine.

C
Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Very interesting

Always enjoy Samuel's webinars. Hearing John Baxter's responses to questions by Samuel and others offered insights that were fascinating to listen to.

H
Harry Jackson (Toorak, AU)
Excellent salon

What an excellent salon - spending time with these two beautiful people was such a treat! In the sitting room with John Baxter and Samuél Lopez-Barrantes and listening to their discourse was enlightening, amusing and uplifting.
I trust we will see more of these two creative spirits in the near future!

D
Doug MacKay (Toronto, CA)

Guest did not leave comment

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RAFAEL LOPEZ-BARRANTES (Pasadena, US)

Lovely. Informative, personable, efficient, spontaneous, honest, very friendly. Wonderful time