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Paris: The Literary Adventure Continues

Paris: The Literary Adventure Continues

Janet Hulstrand

Register for One Session:
Daytime Session: (Seven Fridays)
January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Evening Session: (Seven Mondays) January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 18, 25, March
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Modern Times Coffeehouse

Price: $150 ($140 members)

Paris, Paris, David Downie
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
The World at Night, Alan Furst
Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris to the Past, Ina Caro


*This is a companion class to Paris: A Literary Adventure but it is not sequential and is open to anyone who is interested in the literature that will be discussed.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can only issue class refunds within seven (7) days of the first class session.

In “Paris: The Literary Adventure Continues,” we will explore one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating cities, with the inside knowledge, insightful perspective, and storytelling skill of some very fine writers to guide and enrich the experience. We will begin with David Downie’s Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, a delightful collection of illuminating essays on topics ranging from Coco Chanel to the boat people of the Seine, and Beaumarchais’s Marais. Next we will read and discuss The Paris Wife, in which Paula McLain tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage from Hadley Hemingway’s point of view; followed by The Sun Also Rises, the “quintessential novel of the Lost Generation” that Hemingway was writing during the time period covered in The Paris Wife. Next we will read Alan Furst’s espionage thriller, The World at Night, in which a Parisian film producer is drawn into moral and ethical dilemmas—not to mention a kind of activity he is entirely unprepared for—in the murky world of Occupied Paris. In Sarah’s Key we will read the haunting story of a contemporary American journalist who makes a terrible discovery in the course of her work covering the infamous 1942 roundup of the Jews in the Vélodrome d’Hiver, and finds her own life changed because of it. We will round out the class with Ina Caro’s Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train, part travel guide, part travel literature, and part French history lessons, helpfully aimed at an American audience. The last class will give us the chance to summarize our literary journey in a final, wrap-up discussion.


Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, teacher, and writing coach. She has created and taught literature courses in Paris, Florence, Hawaii, and Cuba for Hunter and Queens Colleges of the City University of New York, and Writing from the Heart workshops in Essoyes, a village in the Champagne region of France. She is a regular contributor to Bonjour Paris and France Revisited, and she writes about travel, literature, and France on her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She is coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home and is currently working on her next book, A Long Way from Iowa, a literary memoir.

Promotional Period: 
Jan 11 2013 - Feb 22 2013

The Paris Wife (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345521316
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Published: Ballantine Books, 11/2012

The Sun Also Rises (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780743297332
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Published: Scribner, 10/2006

The World at Night (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780375758584
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2002

Sarah's Key (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312370848
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 9/2008

ISBN-13: 9780393343151
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 4/2012

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Published: Broadway Books, 4/2011