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Laurel Zuckerman
author of SORBONNE CONFIDENTIAL and LES REVES BARBARES DU PROFESSEUR COLLIE, editor of PARIS WRITERS NEWS
Interests: education, books, ecology, politics, France
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France's national library, the BNF, offers free classes in how to use the catalog and to how research on Gallica and other electronic ressources, as well as many literary and cultural events. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Bloomberg's Peter Waldman, Tiffany Stecker and Joel Rosenblatt filed an explosive report on August 9, 2017 entitled "Monsanto Was Its Own Ghostwriter for Some Safety Reviews". The article, posted on the Bloomberg site, cites internal emails that prove what was long suspected: that supposedly scientific reports on the safety Monsanto's pesticide projects are not independent science, but are written and/or edited by Monsanto. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Top literary events in Paris this July with Sam Chang, Nicola Keegan, Elliot Holt, Hari Kunzru, Jonathan Moody, Naniso Tswai, Edwidge Danticat, Marie Darrieussecq, John Freeman, Jessa Crispin, Ishion Hutchinson, Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida, Zinzi Clemmons, Tom Jeffreys, André Naffis-Sahely and Sam Jordison Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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New Book Events: 5-8:30 pm Paris Writer Hilary Kaiser will speak this Sunday night at Paris Soirées, in Paris. 25 euros. Includes dinner. To reserve, please email parissoirees.@gmail.com with your phone number. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
Linked Data seems to hold such promise. To unlock that promise one needs to be able to search, retrieve and use the data. Easier said than done as Sparql, used to query RDF, is not so user-friendly, especially for non-programmers. Here's a nice short explanatory video. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Flowers bloom in June. Beautiful Paris gardens photos. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Sweden leads the way in tracking people like inventory items with rice-sized implants of near-field communication technology, or NFC, into human beings. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
It is beyond heartbreaking. In solidarity with the grieving people of Manchester and the world, the Eiffel tower goes dark. We cannot help but be reminded of the Berlin Christmas Market attack, the Nice Attacks, the Paris Attacks to name only three among dozen of Islamist attacks in the months since the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Paris Fringe is organized by a team of international theatre makers based in France, and is curated by artistic directors Dom Douglas and Reka Polonyi. “Paris Fringe is about bringing people together,” notes Polonyi, “with performing artists coming from around the world, it is an occasion for a diverse group of theatre makers to learn from each other and share new ways of working.” Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Paris Fringe: 30 shows, nine venues in Paris: May 18-28 Information at http://parisfringe.org Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Simon Goodman's The Orpheus Clock is both a fascinating read and an extremely valuable addition to the literature of the Nazi era. It details two interlinked histories: the story of the Gutmanns, a Dutch family of Jewish origin who was robbed and murdered under the Nazis, and the story of their descendants, the British Goodmans who have for decades struggled to uncover the truth and reclaim their heritage despite well-financed opposition by the indirect beneficiaries of Hitler's policies. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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French WWII Holocaust history booklist for Vincent Peillon, who, while campaigning for president, compared the persecution of the Jews during the Nazi period ("forty years ago") to that experienced by Muslims in France today. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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NEW POETRY: With a backpack, a journalist's keen eye for telling detail and a poet's love of language, Paris writer Anna Polonyi set off on the famous pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. Wayword, her stunning new book of poetry, is the result. TRAVEL Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Alice Goldfarb Marquis, a German Jewish refugee from Hitler, settled in America where she wrote acclaimed and controversial non-fiction books about the business of art. Her one novel, Brushstrokes, which appears to be a roman à clef about the art world, never found a publisher during her life. It fell to her friend, Laurence Jarvik, to publish it through his small press after her death. Interview. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Moshe Rynecki's paintings depicting Jewish life in Poland were scattered and presumed lost after he and most of his family were murdered in the Holocaust. Today, three quarters of a century later, his great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rynecki, has undertaken a quest to reconstruct his life's work and to reconnect with her family's past. Chasing Portraits is her moving first person account of her search for the artistic legacy that her great-grandfather hid in an attempt to save it, before the Nazis came. A Talk with Elizabeth Rynecki on Chasing Portraits, a memoir at the intersection of art, history, family legacy and the Holocaust. A Paris Writers News Interview Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Oct 7, 2016
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BOOK NEWS: Upcoming release in Memoirs of the American Midwest. An interview with author Loren Schmidtberger: "I began writing personal essays as a way of dealing with the unexpected death of my wife of forty-seven years. That was in May 2006, and I took it pretty hard. When I told a grief counselor that I hadn’t cried very often before this, she asked if I wanted to talk about one of those earlier times when I had, in fact, shed tears. What surfaced was the time when one of our milk cows, “Old White Face,” was sold. A gentle cow and an easy milker, Old White Face was the first cow I milked, and I bawled my heart out when I saw her hauled away to the slaughterhouse." - from The Beginner's Cow: Memories of a Volga German from Kansas by Loren Schmidtberger. A Paris Writers News Interview Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
Thank you Cascia! I will.
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BOOK NEWS: New Southern literature from Niles Reddick. Drifting too far from the Shore is about living with grace even in the face of age and death. It’s about family and love. It’s about overcoming fear and coming to terms with or resolving the past. It’s about people and relationships. Most of all, it’s a beautiful story and it’s sprinkled with humor. PRE-RELEASE Book tour in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. Foreign rights available though IPR. Interview with author. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Paris literary events move to Vincennes this weekend for the outstanding Festival America. This is the place. Terrific authors. Wonderful venue. Fabulous talks. All in one of the jewels of the Paris region: Vincennes. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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After rave reviews for her first novel, An Unexpected Guest, which was set in Paris, the wonderfully talented Anne Korkeakivi moves to America with Shining Sea, an American family saga set against the backdrop of WWII. Shining Sea will be released in English on August 9 with a huge party in New York, and Anne will be on a book tour in the USA. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
Sadly, Anne Picard, you are mistaken to imagine that the anger is limited to the extreme right. I agree with you that the French are resilient and even tolerant and generous; however as details about the disastrous security failures emerge (see Libération, Le Monde and Le Figaro concerning the absence of the Police Nationale, Estrosi's call for an investigation and Cazeneuve's launching of an inquiry into the lack of security by the Police of the Police), even the most open and forward-looking people are sorely tested. The French have reacted with remarkable restraint. But this should not be confused with giving a blank check to incompetent and irresponsible politicians who so obviously failed to protect them. Don't make this about the FN. It's not. People of all political persuasions, all nationalities, all ages, all religions were murdered in this attack. It's about everyone.
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France has been under attack from Islamists, both home grown and foreign, for several years, but with the Nice attack, on the heels of Magnanville, the Paris attacks, Hyper Cacher, Charlie Hebdo, the massacre of the little children in Toulouse and of young soldiers in Montauban and other attacks that barely make the news, something has snapped. Grief is charged with anger, a very deep, very potent anger. With the Nice attacks, France has reached a turning point. (Written before Saint Etienne de Rouvray, Munich, Ansbach, Reutlingen, Wuerzberg and counting) Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog
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Jul 19, 2016
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Judy Bloom praised Nicola Keegan's debut novel Swimming as “the most original novel I’ve read all year. I can’t get Pip’s voice out of my mind.” An interview with Irish-American writer, Nicola Keegan. Paris Writers News. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Laurel Zuckerman's Paris Weblog