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Exploring Non-fiction Stories w/ Jayne Boisvert

Exploring Non-fiction Stories w/ Jayne Boisvert

Please join Jayne Boisvert as she talks about her new book, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob's Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There.


Paris: City of Light, rich in art, architecture, culture, and history, home of Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and so many other landmarks. It’s no wonder the French capital is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. But there is more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. A new guide book, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There by Jayne R. Boisvert (Open Books, October 2018), offers an enjoyable and unique way to discover the city.

This easy-to-use guide includes travel tips, main attractions, free (and nearly free) things to do, shopping, museums, churches, cafés, and restaurants. The book also provides short biographies and addresses associated with famous Americans—writers, journalists, politicians, musicians and performers, artists and architects, and several other interesting people who don’t fit neatly into typical categories—who spent time living la belle vie in the French capital.


Jayne R. Boisvert obtained a Master of Arts degree in French from Boston College and a Ph.D. from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the State University at Albany, New York.

Dr. Boisvert taught French on the secondary level in Atlanta, Georgia and Albany, New York before completing her doctoral degree. At Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, she developed courses in French language, literature, history, and film. By the time of her retirement as professor emerita in 2010, she had attained the rank of associate professor of French and Comparative Literature.

An ardent traveler, she has visited many different areas of France and the Francophone world over the years.


Pilgrimage to Paris is featured in 20 Quotes About Paris By American Literary Giants Who Lived In The City Of Light, 10 Interesting Facts About Shakespeare And Company In Paris, and 5 Fun And Unique Paris Travel Guides.

Read an interview with the author, Jayne R. Boisvert.



The non-fiction genre is a broad literary landscape that covers a whole spectrum of stories from memoir to history to travel writing. To learn more about the process that goes into writing non-fiction, we have invited various Maine writers to discuss their craft.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eleanor Conant Saunders Reading Room
  Adult Fall Series 2019     Adult Programs  

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