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Books 3: Sale of Books and DVDs

Just the thing for the coming winter months! Ansouis library is holding its annual book sale on Saturday September 26th from 10am to 5pm. There will be a wide selection of books & DVDs in both English and French.
The sale will be held in the library/school car park –  just outside the village on the road to La Tour d’Aigues. The proceeds will go to the library to help buy new books and organise cultural events.

Thanks for this information go to Claire McAlpine who writes:’ if anyone is looking for reading recommendations they can check out my Word by Word blog at https://clairemcalpine.com/

I’ll be donating quite a few boxes of books, many of which I’ve reviewed’.

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Books 2: Crime Novels set in Aix

An Aixcentric follower yesterday prompted me to remind everyone of a series of crime novels set in Aix.  She had spent time in town recently on holiday and loved reading fiction set in places newly familiar.  For all those who aren’t in Provence right now but would like to immerse themselves in the unique ambiance of Aix, the ‘Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery’ series by M. L. Longworth provides the perfect escapism.

There are 8 titles to date with stories set in villages around town, the coast too, as well as the streets and squares of Aix. ‘Death at the Chateau Bremont’ (see photo) is perhaps the best starting point, being the first in the series; but all the novels are stand-alone so dive in wherever you like.

M. L . Longworth has written for The Washington Post, The Times (London), The Independent, and Bon Appétit magazine. She divides her time between Aix-en-Provence, where she writes, and Paris, where she teaches writing at New York University’s Paris campus.

The books are available at Aix’s English language book-shop, Book-in-Bar, or from Amazon: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=amazon.fr+m+l+longworth


PS. To read my reviews of her novels over the years, just type Longworth into the Aixcentric search bar and they should pop up.











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For all who love art or indeed are painters themselves, Aix-based Trevor White has written “Art and Perspective through the Ages”, ISBN 0999093347.  With his scientific background, he was intrigued as to how artists have strived to represent our rich, three-dimensional world on a flat, two-dimensional canvas. He asked himself:

How have artists represented our world over the centuries?

At what point did artists first represent the world in a realistic, natural-looking way?

What techniques did they use to help achieve realism?

Using famous works as examples, Trevor takes us on a journey from pre-historic art, through spectacular Renaissance paintings, to modern-day photorealism. We learn how, over time, artists devised techniques that produce impressive depth and realism on a flat surface. Next time you see a painting, especially a famous one, you will appreciate even more the genius behind the canvas.

Choose between English and French versions
Available worldwide, in print and Kindle formats via Amazon (France and UK)

Click for a short video sample on youtube https://youtu.be/D1HnMHVnBnI

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Each year, there’s an opportunity in Aix to push open the doors of some of the most elegant and private-looking townhouses to visit their gardens.  The special weekend is usually in June, but this year, the Flaneries d’art takes place at the end of this week. (more…)

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Here’s an update from Jules Farber: ‘The real estate developer went ahead in demolishing two wings of the house in which James Baldwin had his office and living space. The remaining building now serves for pool equipment and other technical installations plus a caretaker’s apartment.’
Instead there is: LE JARDIN DES ARTS : 18 luxury apartments built around a large outdoor pool on 2.3 hectares of landscaped gardens . Sea view.  Situated short stroll from Saint-Paul de Vence.


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A focus on James Baldwin by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. has resulted in a digital treasure trove of material being made available including two texts from local author Jules Farber.

Farber “discovered,” by chance, the black author’s little-known home in Saint-Paul de Vence in southern France where he lived during the last 17 years of his life until his death there in 1987. To know about Baldwin’s happy stay in Saint-Paul, Farber interviewed over 70 Baldwin friends ranging from village people to international celebrities including Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Angela Davis and others who regularly came to visit him. (more…)

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Great news that Book In Bar will re-open on Tuesday 12th May at 10:00 albeit with slightly altered conditions.

They explain:
“We are doing all we can to provide a safe environment for everyone, while trying to hold on to the atmosphere and personality of Book in Bar that we all hold so dear. To begin, the bookshop will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm nonstop.
The sitting area of the café will remain closed but drinks and cakes will be available for take out.
Secondly, we ask that you wear a mask while at the store, as well as use the hand sanitizer provided at the shop entrance. We also request that the required social distance be respected for your own safety, that of the other clients and of our team.
We also reserve the right to limit access to the shop if deemed necessary.
We would prefer bank card payments.
Finally, the click and collect system will remain open for those who wish to avoid all contact with others. For this, place your order via our website www.bookinbar.com
or by email and collect at a given time. We are also setting up a delivery service (free from 30€ sale, for the historical
part of town).
Sadly, we have to cancel the bookclubs and any other gatherings until September.
The team is looking forward to seeing you all again”.

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One here for all Aix book-lovers and a message for us all from Phil Shaw, a brilliant digital artist who has recreated real book titles in this display.

He designs the book spines on his computer and then places them in order to make a narrative.  ‘I became so tired of the doom and gloom,’ Shaw told The Times. ‘So I thought: Let’s try to do something positive about it’.

Ten per cent of the proceeds from the sales are going to the NHS and Medecins Sans Frontieres.  £1,500 a pop – but 100 sold in first 24 hours. https://rebeccahossackartgallery.tumblr.com/

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Good for Book in Bar who are working within the current rules and regs to bring a contact-free book sales system to Aix.  This is how it will work:

  • Choose a title from their existing stock (the national supply/distribution channels aren’t working). This list can be found on their internet site or Facebook page.
  • Phone in your order, Tues-Sat 10-13hrs; or send an email to bookibaraix@orange.fr; or use their internet site
  • Collect from the shop doorway, Tues-Sat 10-13hrs – you will be given a slot
  • Payment by card preferred.

Starts 28th April

Even more good news – they are also selling take-away carrot cake, cookies and brownies!

Details: http://www.bookinbar.com/


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Last summer, this book caught my eye while browsing in a second-hand bookstore in Edinburgh: it seemed to be very Paris-centred and I put it back on the shelf, preferring to read books set in Provence; but something made me go back into the shop and invest my £3, and I was happy I had done, as Provence certainly comes into this story!  Here’s the outline: (more…)

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