Publication Day: Paris Was Ours at Idlewild Books

To celebrate the publication day of Penelope Rowlands’ fabulous Paris Was Ours, we’re giving away three copies. Just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page to enter. The anthology features essays by David Sedaris, Stacy Schiff, Judith Thurman, Joe Queenan, Lily Tuck, Diane Johnson, and more. An essential volume for any Francophile or armchair traveler. Below is a recap of the publication party held at Idlewild Books.


Très chic. That’s how I would describe the crowd that packed into NYC’s travel-themed bookstore, Idlewild Books, on Friday night to support Paris Was Ours, the recently-released anthology edited by Penelope Rowlands.

After a little French wine, Penelope and Algonquin’s publisher, Elisabeth Scharlatt, took the stage to introduce contributors Lily Tuck and Joe Queenan, who read excerpts from their Paris Was Ours essays. Both charmed the crowd:

Lily with her essay about the difficulties of majoring in American Literature while studying abroad in Paris as a divorced mother of three (she, appropriately, stumbled over the word “heterodiegetic” while describing the trials of diagramming the 59 chapters of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying for a sadistic professeur);

and Joe Queenan with descriptions of his hilarious encounters trying to pick up Parisian chicks with the same lens prescription he had after losing his (too-expensive-to-replace) glasses while living in France.

It was the parfait way to spend a Friday evening!


–Emily Parliman, Publisher’s Assistant

23 Comments On This Post:

February 8, 2011
10:22 am
Anna Heimbichner says...

Fab! I’d love to read these essays– I’m a huge fan of Paris (and the rest of France) and of these writers. Thanks for the chance to win!

February 8, 2011
10:27 am
Lesley says...

Having never been to Paris, I would love the chance to visit via book. Definitely adding to my to-read list!

February 8, 2011
10:30 am
Crystal says...

Spent a wonderful summer in Paris in my early 20s – can’t wait to read this!!

February 8, 2011
10:31 am
Bernie Brown says...

I have many books about Paris already and I always welcome one more. I’d love to read this book, Paris Was Ours, because just last fall my husband and I were there and for a few days in September 2010, Paris was Ours, too!

February 8, 2011
10:34 am
christine says...

oo! so glad i heard about this book – looks like a fabulous collection.

February 8, 2011
10:34 am
Stephanie says...

This sounds like a great book for the busy, young professional who don’t have the vacation time or cash to jet off to Paris just yet. I’d love to read this. Adding it to my list!

February 8, 2011
10:34 am
Stephanie says...

This sounds like a great book for the busy, young professional who doesn’t have the vacation time or cash to jet off to Paris just yet. I’d love to read this. Adding it to my list!

February 8, 2011
10:36 am
Joelyn Morgan says...

I look forward to reading this wonderful compilation!

February 8, 2011
10:39 am
Jane says...

sounds like a wonderful evening. Please let me be one of the lucky ones to receive a free copy. Would make excellent reading on my flight to Europe!

February 8, 2011
10:44 am
Lacy Simons says...

Mais oui, oui, oui!

February 8, 2011
11:00 am
amanda says...

it looks like a really good read

February 8, 2011
11:03 am
Here Be Dragons says...

I’d love to read this!

February 8, 2011
11:20 am
Tonya Faye says...

I’ve never heard of these authors or this book before,but it sounds interesting…

February 8, 2011
11:22 am
John says...

I’d love to win a copy… three of my daughters are quite addicted to Paris, I’m afraid 😉

February 8, 2011
11:34 am
Lauren S. says...

Sounds delightful!

February 8, 2011
12:43 pm
Kari says...

I don’t know how this event flew under my radar! Idlewild is my favorite bookstore; I’m there frequently for their book club! And I have a copy of this book waiting to be read. Would’ve loved to attend the party.

February 8, 2011
1:15 pm
Suju says...

I’d love to win this. Paris is my favorite place in the world and with a 4-year old son I don’t know when I’ll next get to go! The last time was when I was pregnant 🙂

February 8, 2011
1:24 pm
Jon says...

I love Paris and Algonquin Books. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the contest.

February 8, 2011
3:59 pm
Aparatchick says...

I’ve been looking forward to this book – thanks for giving us the chance to win a copy.

February 8, 2011
7:07 pm
Margaret says...

I’d love to win a copy!

February 8, 2011
8:39 pm
Bonnie Holliday says...

This book sounds great. I’ve recently discovered the blog through following Algonquin on Twitter and facebook. I’d love a chance to win; thanks for the opportunity!

February 10, 2011
10:01 am
Jennifer W. says...

I have read through parts of this book and would love to own a copy to savor. Idlewild is such a fabulous bookstore; what a great place to celebrate this book!

February 11, 2011
9:46 am
rhonda says...

sounds wonderful would love to read it.Facebook&twitter folllower.

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