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French Property News reviews French License book and hosts contest to give away copies

The October 2018 issue of FPN is here, and it features a review of French License!

I’m also partnering with them to give away copies to two lucky readers. Here is a link to the competition which is live now:
http://www.completefrance.com/competitions/french-license-book-competition-1-5703397

Here are more links to check out my travel memoir French License.  Read a sample.  Buy the book.  Keep a copy in your glovebox just in case.

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Most viewed video author walk ever on The Earful Tower- Père Lachaise award ceremony with The Chairfather

For your viewing pleasure today, here’s a replay of the most-watched author walk with Oliver Gee on his Earful Tower show. In this episode, I, Joe Start, aka The Chairfather walk the Père Lachaise cemetery with Oliver and give awards to the best graves in a number of categories. Enjoy!

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Book Carnival event coming up: just one week away

In one week, Angelinos and other Southlanders will learn the answers to these questions: Did that Californian expat ever finally get his French License after 10 years? What quips and quotes did The Chairfather record in his lunches with the late litterati at Père Lachaise cemetery? Find out at the Bookstore!

French License guy speaks at Book Carnival in Orange County, California
I’ll read from my comical 10-year memoir about a California boy failing to adapt overseas. Outtakes, anecdotes and a signed book are in your future. Reserve your spot!
Anne’s Book Carnival
348 S. Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92866

Place your butt here 👉Get thy cheeks in a seat!
August 16th @ 7:30pm

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Le Comptoir des Mots bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

Le Comptoir des Mots bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book!

What quips and quotes did The Chairfather record in his lunches with the late litterati at Père Lachaise cemetery? Find out at the Bookstore!

Le Comptoir des Mots

204 rue des Pyrenees

Paris 75020

Here’s proof that they love to carry comedy at Le Comptoir des Mots. Just a week after accepting my book, they hosted a signing event for the memoirs of this guy:

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La librairie Ulysse in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

You know them from previous posts, and events about French License. Now the Ulysse bookstore in Paris carries The Chairfather photo book as well.

Why haven’t you made it to the Ulysse bookstore yet?  It’s smack dab in the center of Paris.  In the middle of the Seine.  On the main street of the Ile Saint Louis.  Perhaps you needed a map to find it.  And all the maps of the world were already inside!

They call themselves kilometre zero, because from their door you can set out to discover the rest of the planet.  Do you know where is the island of Saint Lucie?  Not the Isle of Lucy, you goof!  It’s one of the lesser visited islands in the Caribbean.  Well, I asked and Ulysse had a map of it, right down to all the street names.  The last time I visited, a regular came in for information on travel to Yemen.  Where else can you find such treasures in Paris?  Nowhere, I tellzya!

Travel is their speciality, and exotic destinations their strong suit.  Catherine and Dominique are extremely helpful, and can procure a map or guidebook out from their shelves like a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat.

Librairie Ulysse

Open Tuesday-Friday 2 p.m.-8 p.m. 

26, rue Saint Louis en l’Ile, 75004 Paris, France

Tel: +33 143 251 735

http://www.ulysse.fr/

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Brentano’s bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book and French License a tragicomedy travel memoir

Brentano’s is BACK!
The iconic shop on the Avenue de l’Opera was for many, many years, one of the top sources of English-language literature in Paris. Then, due to an ownership change, they got rid of the books, and concentrated exclusively on souvenirs for tourists. It does make sense, because the location gets tons of foot traffic from travelers on one of the most beautiful Haussmannian streets, with wide sidewalks inviting you to stroll.
But those of us who stayed, and others who remember the Brentano’s brand as a sure-fire destination to get books in our mother-tongue, were saddened to see the books go. Well, today they’re back in force, with thousands of titles. Your favorite authors from back home mix with locals like me.

Now, at the shop, you can get your French License and accept an offer you can’t refuse from The Chairfather ! If you find them among the wide selection displayed in these photos, let me know, and I’ll send you a personalized message with an authentic electronic signature! How’s that for a souvenir?

Brentano’s

37 Avenue de l’Opera

75002 Paris

0142608737

metro Pyramides

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The Abbey Bookshop in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

You can get lost in here.  The Abbey Bookshop is tucked in a side street a hop skip and a jump from Notre Dame.  But the single-door entrance is a portal to another world.  Much like the room of requirement in Harry Potter, a hole in the wall goes on and on on the inside. The Abbey bookshop now carries both French License and The Chairfather.

This independent bookshop carries a mix of new and used, almost exclusively in English.  Travel, cooking, history, novels and a vast section of French interest and memoirs written by expats like me.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.  It probably is, you may just need to ask for Brian’s help to find it!

Ask him for your copy of French License!

The Abbey Bookshop

29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris

Métro stop: Cluny-La Sorbonne (ligne 10) or St-Michel

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday

+33 1 46 33 16 24

www.abbeybookshop.net

 

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Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

Shakespeare and Company was one of the first to carry French License. When I stopped by, they had sold out. They graciously welcomed several more copies of my first book, as well as copies of my second book, The Chairfather. Find out more about them at the Bookstore!

Like Troy McClure, you may remember me from such films as Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

Shakespeare and Co. writes a history with many chapters, several locations, and a cast of thousands over nearly 100 years. The great English-language writers of the past and present have visited, and at least one is actually living upstairs at any given time. You’ll find today’s version of the bookstore welcoming, with nooks strewn about to get intimate with a title. When you can’t put a book back on the shelf, simply throw some crumpled euros down on the counter and continue nose-down, feeling your way by braille to their café bench awaiting you. The literature dream state here is strong.  A warm beverage and an hour later you’ll finally look up, suddenly conscious that the real world is around you once again.

Shakespeare and Company
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Open daily, 10am to 11pm

Métro St. Michel

http://shakespeareandcompany.com/

 

 

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La librairie Lamartine in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

Lamartine was kind enough to welcome French License in their shop. Now you can also find The Chairfather at the Bookstore!

This institution in the 16th arrondissement carries tons of books, stationery and pens. Mostly books in French, but they do have an extensive English-language section. Come on down and check out what they have for you in their well-lit and welcoming boutique!

Librairie Lamartine

118 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris

tel: +33 1 47 27 31 31

http://www.lamartine.fr

 

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Le Gai Rossignol bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

So, I’m wandering in the Marais, and I happen upon the Gai Rossignol bookstore. They have lots of maps and travel guides and photo books outside to entice tourists. Many out-of-town folks happen by, because it’s close to the City Hall and cool sites.

Knowing they’re a sister store to Le Merle Moqueur, I pop in and ask if they’d be interested in carrying The Chairfather which is popular among tourists. The bookstore is very welcoming and they agree.

I’m filling out the paperwork, and noticing they have lots of quirky gifts, gags and impulse buys to bring a smile. I’m about to leave when I notice that my book is right next to another, called “The Big Penis Book.” In fact, that title’s cover art is literally pointing its business at me.

Who knows, maybe it’ll drive traffic. You can check out both here:

Le Gai Rossignol
9 rue Saint Martin
75004 Paris

https://www.lemerlemoqueur.fr/le_gai_rossignol/

 

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