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In Conversation with Renate Stendhal (Venice, CA)

Join Renate Stendhal, in conversation with author/activist Anne-christine d'Adesky, as Renate reads, discusses, and signs her new memoir, "KISS ME AGAIN, PARIS: A Memoir".

Best-known for her photo-biography of Gertrude Stein, Lambda Literary Award–winner Stendhal will read from her memoir that recalls a time in 1970s Paris when women were in fashion and every woman, gay or straight, fell in love with women. Stendhal will be joined in conversation with investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Anne-Christine d’Adesky. D'Adesky's forthcoming book examines LGBT activism in Paris and New York during the 1990s. The event will also feature a short book trailer with Parisian sights and sounds.

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Recently escaped from her German family and student husband, Stendhal ekes out a living as a cultural journalist in Europe’s most cultured city. She walks Paris at night dressed as a boy, has friends and lovers among artists and writers. There are mysteries with and without clues: Is sexual obsession a way to avoid the risk of love?

Renate Stendhal is a senior cultural critic for the International Magazine for Arts and Media, Scene4, keeps a Gertrude Stein blog Quoting Gertrude Stein, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. She also serves as a provost for UIL (University of Integrative Learning).

Called “a masterpiece” by Michelle Tea, The Pox Lover is a personal history of the turbulent 1990s in New York City and Paris. Traveling as a journalist to Paris, an insomniac d’Adesky trolls the Seine, encountering waves of exiles fleeing violence in the Balkans, Haiti, and Rwanda. As the last of the French Nazis stand trial and the new National Front rises in the polls, d’Adesky digs into her aristocratic family’s roots in Vichy France and colonial Haiti. 

Anne-christine d’Adesky is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker who reported on the global AIDS epidemic for New York Native, OUT, The Nation, and The Village Voice. She received the first Award of Courage from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. She was an early member of ACT UP and cofounder of the Lesbian Avengers.

$10 General Admission, $6 Students/Seniors

FREE for Beyond Baroque members.