Après Midi

Adrian LeedsUpstairs at Café de la Mairie
(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

See Map Here

NEXT MEETING: EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed August)

Now, every month, a guest speaker of note comes to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion! 

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Antonio Meza

Après Midi November 14, 2017

Antonio Meza

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.




Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

Joanne BurkeDavid Burke

PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of LightDavid & Joanne with Julia Browne

December 12, 2017

Joanne and David Burke, authors, film writers/director-producer-editors
"PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of Light"

David and Joanne have collaborated on many films in Paris, her as Director/Editor and him Writer/Cameraman.  Their hour-long documentary Mary Lou Williams: Music on my Mind was broadcast on PBS, BET, CBC, ARTE and various European stations. They also created a series of four documentaries about innovative women in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Guatemala and Mali and two film about Americans in Paris in WW I, The Lafayette Escadrille and Anne Morgan: An American in France.

In 2016 they launched in their comprehensive one-hour documentary film PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of Light, the culmination of a 15 year labor of love, and very successful. In 2017, Joanne and David launched a book to go with PARIS NOIR with title When African Americans Came to Paris: A Film Companion.

Joanne Burke is a film and video director-producer-editor whose high level experience in New York saw her edit more than 20 long-form documentaries on social, political and cultural themes for CBS, NBC, PBS and HBO. Her award-winning work includes Tom Spain's Any Place But Here, The Anderson Tapes by Sidney Lumet, and Gimme Shelter by the Maysles Brothers. Since moving to Paris in 1986, she has produced, director, and edited independent films in partnership with her writer/cameraman husband David Burke.David Burke is a writer, filmmaker, and former CBS television journalist in New York as writer/producer with Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, and on 60 Minutes Dan Rather and Ed Bradley. In Paris, David Burke penned several travel books. His Writers In Paris, Literary Lives in the City of Light, evolved into the highly praised David Burke's Writers in Paris Walking Tours, listed as one of Lonely Planet's Top Ten literary walks worldwide.  

In 2012 Julia Browne joined the team with Joanne and David as partner and Associate Producer and she remains a key figure for these three films. In 1994, when Julia was studying at the Sorbonne, she launched the first walking tour of African American history in Paris. The title is Walking the Spirit Tours and remains full active to this day. Julia is also an award-wining broadcaster and an outstanding speaking both in perfect English and French, showing PARIS NOIR screenings and Q&A events in Paris and in North American, in Toronto, New York at Columbia, ones in 2017.


January 9, 2018

Hilary Kaiser


Hilary Kaiser, author of French War Brides: Mademoiselle & the American Soldier

Hilary Kaiser is the author of French War Brides: Mademoiselle & the American Soldier, a new paperback and e-book published by Paris Writers Group. This book was first published in French as Des Amours de GI's by Editions Tallandier and later in English as French War Brides in America by Praeger Publications. She is also the author of the paperback and e-book WWII Voices: American GI's and the French Women Who Married Them. In addition to being an author, Hilary wears a number of other hats; she is a cross-cultural trainer, a former associate professor and researcher, an oral historian, a lecturer, a storyteller, a playwright, a world traveler, a travel blogger, a humanitarian volunteer and an associate professor emeritus at the University of Paris.

American by birth but also French through marriage, Hilary Kaiser has called Paris "home" for many years. Recently, she has also been spending time in her native San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, Hilary's life is like a bridge, spanning across the Atlantic and then on across the American continent to the Pacific. Not surprisingly, her family, educational and professional background, as well as her research, writing and outlook, all reflect her deep attachment to the United States, France and the world at large.



February 13, 2018

Roni Beth Tower

Miracle at Midlife


Roni Beth Tower, Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic RomanceTBA

Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance is a memoir chronicling the two-year courtship between a divorced American attorney living on a converted barge in the center of Paris and an empty-nested clinical and research psychologist who works from her home in Connecticut. They conquer challenges of internal demons (mostly hers) and external threats (mostly kids, careers and culture) as they share adventures in their respective worlds and are both transformed as they create a life together. The tensions of their romance, often taking place across six time zones, are captured through fanciful and reflective letters and fax correspondence – flirting, musing, laughing, arguing and, sometimes, whining.

Roni Beth Tower grew up in Akron, Ohio, majored in religion at Barnard College, and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Yale University. Later in life she taught clinical psychology to graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a psychologist, she published seventeen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, six book chapters, three entries in Blackwell's The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology, work for hire in three books edited by Mark Levine and Stephen Pollan, and one book review. Miracles at Midlife is her first memoir. She and her husband live in Tarrytown, New York, within easy visiting distance of their six grandchildren. She loves yoga, dance, quilting, and bringing comfort and joy to people.



March 13,2018

April 10,2018

May 8, 2018

 Talia Carner

Talia Carner, Author

Before turning to fiction writing, Talia Carner worked for Redbook magazine and served as the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. An adjunct professor of marketing at Long Island University and a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, she was a volunteer counselor and lecturer for the Small Business Administration and a member of United States Information Agency missions to Russia, teaching women entrepreneurial skills. Carner’s activities in women’s organizations led to her participation at the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing, where she learned of the atrocities of The Dying Rooms—the Chinese orphanages where the documented death rate was 80%—and about the U.S.’s courts betrayal of molested children. Helping African women to develop a campaign against clitoridectomy, she was exposed to the plight of women in societies that subjected millions of girls to this brutal mutilation. Her education about violence against women continued when she assisted Indian women in a campaign to end the burning of brides over dowry disputes. She also researched the lives of women in religious oppressive societies. A sought-after keynote lecturer at renowned organizations, Carner speaks on both universal and culture-specific issues facing today’s women across the globe.



June 12, 2018

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