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News about my books and the stephanekirkland.com site and blog

Paris Reborn in Chinese

Paris Reborn has been published in simplified Chinese by SSAP, Beijing.

I am delighted that the book is now available to Chinese readers, who are showing great interest in urban issues and to the teachings of Paris’s history.

The Chinese edition contains a new introduction by the author and special illustrations.

I have added a page to this web site with information in Chinese.

More information is available at the book page on the publisher’s web site.

The book can be purchased at dangdang.com.

Stephane Kirkland at the National Gallery of Art

I was honored to have the opportunity to speak last week at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

In connection with the wonderful exhibition Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, I was invited to a join an impressive selection of scholars to take part in a day-long symposium, Old Topographics: Photography and Urbanization in Nineteenth Century Paris. I chose to speak on the Place Saint-Michel as an example of Second Empire Parisian urbanism.

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Paris Reborn Map

To accompany the reading of Paris Reborn, this annotated map shows the location of the streets, squares, parks and buildings created during the Second Empire transformation of Paris (1848-1870). Click on any item for more information or zoom for a better view. If you click through to the Google Maps page you can also scroll down the left to see the list of places.


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Paris Reborn in The Washington Post

WP Logo“[Kirkland] clearly knows Paris intimately, writes lucid and engaging prose, and is both spirited in his advocacy of Napoleon III and clear-eyed about how he was able to do what he did.

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While it is an immense pleasure to accompany him as he leads us through the planning and building of the great boulevards, the construction of the Opera House and the reconstruction of the Louvre, it is also sobering to realize that in the process of gaining much, Paris lost much as well, in particular medieval neighborhoods that had profoundly influenced the city’s character.”

Read the full review on the Washington Post web site.

My French Life Interview

A trained architect, Stephane Kirkland is about to release his first book on 2 April, exploring the rich and complex history of the famed Parisian architectural landscape.

We spoke with Stephane about his career, passions and the little known tale of the two most prominent figures in the rebuilding of Paris.

Read the full interview, together with some of my “Paris favorites,” at My French Life.

Eat, Drink & Think Like Napoleon III

Some spots are still available for this special event scheduled for Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 2 PM at 92Y Tribeca, which will give participants the chance to immerse themselves in the mindset and the times of the fascinating man who created and led the French Second Empire.

For tickets, go to Eat, Drink & Think Like Napoleon III

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