Auxerre

091114-librairie-oblique-12Last night’s event at Librairie Obliques in Auxerre was nothing short of a gift from beginning to end. I took the train from Gare de Bercy in Paris yesterday afternoon, and I was met at Auxerre St. Gervais by Grégoire Courtois, owner of the bookstore. Before the reading, I had a chance to walk through town – down Quai de la Marine, past the L’Yonne River and some wonderful medieval architecture and up the hill to the bookstore.

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Librairie Obliques is a wonderful store, and one which clearly fosters a community of readers – every seat was full. This was my first event in France, and the format was different than I was used to: Rather than a straight reading, it was a Q & A between myself, my translator Andy Walken, Grégoire and Benoît Virot. Afterwards, I was asked to play a short tune on banjo and to sign some books.

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I’ll head back to Paris this afternoon, as Festival America begins tonight. Even though my time in Auxerre was short, I’m so thankful to have had a chance to see this beautiful town.


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