Monday, June 23, 2014

American Library in Paris presents: Tilar Mazzeo and The Hotel on Place Vendome

This Wednesday's Evenings with an Author on June 25th, 2014 at 19:30, Tilar Mazzeo presents her book, The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, "an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime."  Set against the backdrop of war in Paris during the Nazi occupation, Mazzeo traces the history of  the icon's beginnings at the fin de siecle through its captivating story of opulence, glamour and espionage and the only luxury hotel allowed open while high-ranking Nazi officials made it their headquarters. 

Annie Bostrom of Booklist says: 
"...Amid chilling tales of the terrible ambiguities of war and the treatment and purging of enemies on all sides, Mazzeo offers lightness in her biography of an inarguably dark time through obvious care for her subjects. Friends and lovers abound, and all but the worst villains are showed multidimensionally,  as Mazzeo contemplates the Ritz, Paris and Europe in flux." 

Mazzeo is also the author of the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestselling book,
The Widow Clicquot as well as  The Secret of Chanel No. 5.  She is an associate professor of English at Colby College and teaches nonfiction narrative workshops in British Columbia. 

The American Library in Paris  is located at:
10, rue du General Camou
(Just off the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower)
75007 Paris, France
• Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60

The library will begin summer hours starting July 15:

Tues-Fri: 13h-19h, Sat: 10h-16h. Closed Sundays. 
Regular weekday hours will resume Aug. 19.
Sunday hours resume Sept. 7. 


  1. There is so much to see and to READ this summer, dearest Kirsten! Thank you always for giving such great recommendations. I hope you are well! BISOUS, Anita

  2. Sounds very interesting Kirsten. I went to the Hemingway Bar there and had a drink that cost 60 euros. I thought we should have been able to keep the glass, napkins and everything else for that. We also had a cooking lesson there. It was beautiful though I read that not much later, it was closed for two years to remodel.

  3. This one sounds fabulous -- I love the period and the contrast of war with the glamour of the Ritz sounds irresistible! Thanks for the recommendation!


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