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Discussion with Scott Carpenter, Author of French Like Moi


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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Thursday, October 1st
4:00pm Pacific/5:00pm Mountain/6:00pm Central/7:00pm Eastern
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
In English

Join Don George (above right) as he interviews Scott Dominic Carpenter (above left) about his hilarious new memoir, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris. When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps―not to mention all those lectures about cheese! It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure. In French Like Moi, Carpenter guides us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, he keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

Published by Traveler’s Tales, an imprint of Solas House. Available in hardcover, paper, ebook, and audiobook.

Press excerpts:

A delightful read…filled with levity and grace.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This quirky travel memoir uncovers lesser-known facets with verve.” —Foreword Reviews, “Editor’s Pick”

“Carpenter has a knack for turning potential catastrophes into comedy.” —Publishers Weekly

“A delightful romp through French life and Midwestern sensibilities, all combined in one compelling story.” —Midwest Book Review

“Loaded with lacerating wit and trenchant but tender observations, Scott Carpenter’s French Like Moi is also a true original: a serious memoir that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is this humility that gives Carpenter’s book its undeniable strength—that, and his vivid, often hilarious storytelling.”—Marcia DeSanctis, NYT best-selling author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go 

Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018) and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, he’s the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His shorter work has appeared in a wide variety of venues, including South Dakota ReviewThe RumpusSilk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His website is

National Geographic has called Don George “a legendary travel writer and editor.” Don has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, founder and editor of’s Wanderlust travel site, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel. Don’s best essays and articles from 40 years of travel writing have been collected in the award-winning anthology The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George. Don is co-founder and chairman of the acclaimed Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, now in its 29th year.

To purchase the book from your local bookstore, click here.  To see purchase options from Amazon, click here.

This event is free and open to all AF members, AATF members, and to invited guestsRegister here.


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