Visit Le Paraïs, the Provençal Home of Famous French Writer Jean...

Le Paraïs, the home of writer Jean Giono in Manosque, is open only on Friday afternoons and only by appointment. Don’t let this deter...

From the 1906 Fire to the Internet, French Libraries in San...

The oldest French library in the San Francisco Bay Area is located at the Alliance Française San Francisco (AFSF.)  The newest French library is...

Book Reviews: Forever Paris by the Keystone Press Agency

Highly recommended. An evocative collection of images by snappers from the Keystone Agency, founded by Bert Garai after World War I. Depicting Parisians at work, rest...

Book Reviews: Bernard Buffet, The Invention of the Modern Mega-artist

Bernard Buffet is one of the behemoths of French art who you’ve possibly never heard of. Once rich and flashy yet reviled, he’s on the ‘Fabulous Five’ list of France’s mid-20th century movers...

Matisse: The Chapel at Vence

A detailed look at the landmark building on the French Riviera.

Exclusive Book Excerpt: The Spirit of Languedoc-Roussillon

The area of Languedoc-Roussillon maintains its proud tradition of resistance against northern authority. No other region, except Brittany, was as quick to resist central (Parisian) governmental directives....

Georges Simenon’s Paris: Following in the Footsteps of his Fictional Sleuth,...

No wonder Georges Simenon set most of the Maigret stories in Paris – 63 out of 75 of them in fact. Because Paris is...

Exclusive Excerpt: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

A château with “the shape and colour of time”. Such lyricism may come as something of a surprise from Napoléon, but these were the poetic terms he chose...

Patrick Modiano: Literary Giant

There's no getting around it: meeting the greatest French writer alive is very impressive. Patrick Modiano published his first novel, La Place de l'Etoile,...

Following Picasso on the French Riviera

The first question most people ask me about my novel, Cooking for Picasso, is usually, “Where did you get the idea for this story?”...