The River That Made Paris
Thursday, November 14, 7pm
at French Institute:Alliance Francaise, 7 North Willow Street, Suite 7
Meet Elaine Sciolino, best-selling author and former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, at a special talk and book signing event celebrating the launch of her new book The Seine: The River That Made Paris.
In the spring of 1978, as a young journalist in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river through its rich history and lively characters—a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cameraman known for capturing the river’s light. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, discovers a champagne vineyard, and even dares to swim in the Seine.
Sciolino’s keen eye and vivid prose bring the river to life as she discovers its origins on a remote plateau of Burgundy, where a pagan goddess healed pilgrims at an ancient temple. She follows the Seine to Le Havre, where it meets the sea. Braiding memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine’s winding route, Sciolino offers a love letter to Paris and the river at its heart and invites readers to explore its magic.
She finds the Seine in art, literature, music, and movies from Renoir and Les Misérables to Puccini and La La Land. Along the way, she reveals how the river that created Paris has touched her own life. A powerful afterword tells the dramatic story of how water from the depths of the Seine saved Notre-Dame from destruction during the devastating fire in April 2019.
The Seine will be published by W.W. Norton & Company and will be available at watchung booksellers on October 29. Preorder or reserve your copy. Watchung Booksellers will be onsite at fi:af the evening of the event with books.
“A soulful, transformative voyage along the body of water that defines the City of Light. Elaine Sciolino is the perfect guide to the world’s most romantic river.” — The New Yorker
Talk in English
Followed by a book signing.