Les Livres français au English Book Room!

Comme Bill & Rosa's English Book Room est en France nous mettons en avant (parfois) des livres qui nous plaisent en français. Voici une belle brochette de livre avec thème la Grande-Bretagne en français.

LONDRES Trafalgar Square, la relève de la garde à Buckingham Palace et une croisière le long de la Tamise font partie des attractions touristiques que les enfants pourront découvrir en complétant les scènes imagées avec plus de 250 autocollants. En plaçant au fil des pages les célèbres bus londoniens, les gardiens de la Tour de Londres et les touristes, ils auront plaisir à voir la ville s’animer. Des liens Internet renvoient le lecteur à une sélection de sites complémentaires pour découvrir des photos et des vidéos de la ville.

Author: James Maclaine, Publisher: Usborne 

MEURTRE A L’ANGLAISE Alors qu’elle a passé des années autour du monde, à prendre le thé en Chine, à croiser des alligators a…

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Thrillers set in Paris

Paris! What a better place for mystery. Such an intriguing setting. A body found in the Seine, Cold War spies, World War II subversions and escapes, art and history crimes. There are many crime and thriller novels set in our fair city full of phantoms. Think ahead for great Paris-themed Christmas gifts. Offer your friends or family thrillers set in Paris! What a better place for a mysterious setting. Or a memoir about how funny life can be here for the expat. https://fusac.fr/anglo-authors-in-paris/ Or browse our Paris/France selection for just the right book about historic restaurants, Paris walks, Paris movies, Paris design and fashion. We have a wide variety on a special shelf. Here's a few of the thrillers set in Paris to whet your whistle. Cara Black is a bestselling American mystery writer. She is best known for her Aimée Leduc mystery novels featuring a female Paris-based private investigator. Her first novel Murder in the Marais was nominated for an Anthon…
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Book Room Events

Book Room Events 24 September 16:00 Ian MacCabe will be at the Book Room to discuss his book My Father a Scot, My Mother French, a book that depicts the origins of two European families, (Scottish/Irish and French/Swiss) both affected by the Great War of 1914-1918 and the events that followed, such as the 1939-45 War. Original letters from the trenches and accounts of daily life on the front line will be on display during the presentation. Please sign up at brbookroom@gmail.com 08 October 16:00 Author Marie Robert will be at the Book Room to read her book, Georgia's Far-Away Family, a beautifully illustrated children’s book about Georgia, a little girl who does not live in the same place as many members of her extended family. She doesn’t see them often and this makes her a little sad. Then, one day in school, something happens to make her change the way she thinks about her international family. This is a story of acceptance of different types of families in our …
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English Books Paris: What’s New at Bill & Rosa’s Book Room

Each month in the Book Room online, we recommend newly published books that we love, here's our selection for summer 2022.


TRACE & AURA From one of the foremost medievalists of our time, a groundbreaking work on history and memory that goes well beyond the life of this influential saint. Elected bishop of Milan by popular acclaim in 374, Ambrose went on to become one of the four original Doctors of the Church. There is much more to this book, however, than the captivating story of the bishop who baptized Saint Augustine in the fourth century. Trace and Aura investigates how a crucial figure from the past can return in different guises over and over again, in a city that he inspired and shaped through his beliefs and political convictions. His recurring lives actually span more than ten centuries, from the fourth to the sixteenth. In the process of following Ambrose’s various reincarnations, Patrick Boucheron draws compelling connections between re…

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American author in Paris Jake Lamar

This is the second part of our interview with American author in Paris Jake Lamar, his editor calls him the most French of the Americans. Here's how he does his craft.

For part one of American author in Paris see this link

Q: Do you have a writing routine, or any quirky routines while you write?

A: Music is first and foremost. I kept my bachelor’s apartment after I met my wife. I met her in 1996, at that time I had a small studio apartment in Montmartre, after we moved in together I kept that apartment as my office. I have a separate place where I work. We live in the 18th arrondissement together, but my office is about 5-7 minutes away. When I’m there, I’m in my sacred work space. I usually start work in the afternoon. I haven’t been able to have a regular writing pattern for years. Back in the 90s, I had a generous grant and back then, writers could live from publisher’s advances, but those days are over. During my fi…

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Bill & Rosa’s Book Room

What is Bill & Rosa's Book Room ? 

First of all, for us, a Book Room is a comfortable place to spend some time. Think of it as the reading lounge on the ocean liners of yore. Our maître-mots are

Read, Write, Relax. Buy, Borrow, Donate.

Bill & Rosa's Book Room has several aspects. It is first a USED BOOK SHOP and a LENDING LIBRARY. There are many novels of all genres for sale plus non-fiction, biographies, history, some poetry, cookbooks, cats, books on Paris or France, memoirs and children's books. Most books are in English, but also in French and even a few bilingual. Prices start at just 2€.

The lending library has four sections :

The Sylvie and Henry Noullet Library: novels mostly in English Bill and Rosa's Library of the American West includes novels, non-fiction and art books…
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Interview with American writer Jake Lamar

American writer Jake Lamar visited Bill & Rosa's Book Room on March 12 to discuss his latest novel, Viper’s Dream. He is an American author who has lived in Paris for almost 30 years, he teaches creative writing at Sciences Po and is the author of a memoir, seven novels, numerous essays, reviews and short stories and a play. He is also the recipient of several prestigious prizes, among which the Lyndhurst Prize and France’s Grand Prize for best foreign thriller. This is the first part of our interview with him:

Q: You started out as a journalist for Time Magazine, so my question is, have you always wanted to be a writer and have you always known you wanted to write ficiton?

A: I’ve known since the age of 12 that I wanted to be a writer and that I wanted to write fiction. The job at Time Magazine was just a way to make a living as a writer. I went to Harvard and majored in American History and Literature, I wrote for the Harvard Crimson…

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Earth Day Kid’s Books

This weekend we celebrate not only Earth Day, on April 22nd, but also Independent Bookstore Day on April 23rd! Bill & Rosa’s Book Room is taking part in this year’s Fête de la Librairie Indépendante, come by to browse our books, get a handmade paper rose made out of recycled books and buy the book that Association Verbes puts out every year, a special collector edition that will help you discover the literature selections that have influenced 50 writers! To celebrate both Earth Day and Independent Bookstore Day, we have asked other international bookstores in Paris to recommend a few books about ecology for children in French and in English. Their suggestions follow. Best of all Join us at the Book Room on April 23rd at 4pm for a kids story time with Anjali Morard, author of Fortnum’s Night Out, where a crocodile disguises himself as a monster to go to a party, a picture book for kids aged 3 to 7. Please sign up by e-mail at brbookroom@gmail.com! Librairie Les Mots e…
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