Forgotten stories of Americans in the City of Lights

Date(s) - 11/19/19
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alliance Française de Chicago

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Tuesday, November 19 at 06:30 p.m.
$10 Members / $15 Non-Members · In English
54 W. Chicago Avenue


A surprising and hilarious history of maverick Americans who crossed the ocean in search of freedom, inspiration and fun!

There is more to the history of Americans in Paris than Hemingway, Fitzgerald and the icons of the Lost Generation. From the Founding Fathers to the best-selling American writers of the 19th century; from the eccentric Dollar Princesses and Dandies of the Belle Époque to the brilliant party animals of the roaring 20’s; from the American writers of the post-World War II era to the disco dancers of the 70’s. Williams shares the stage with two Chicago actors who will perform dramatized readings from historical sources.

Emilio Williams divides his time between Paris and Chicago, where he is a Teaching Fellow at the School of the Art Institute. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about the forgotten stories of the 7th arrondissement in the Parisian Left Bank. His award-winning theater plays have been produced and published internationally to much critical acclaim. In his previous life as a journalist, he worked for CNN in Atlanta and Washington DC.