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A Very French Christmas: tour quotations

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A Very French Christmas:
The Greatest French Holiday Stories
of All Time

(short story collection)

Release date: October 10, 2017
at New Vessel Press

ISBN: 978-1939931504
142 pages

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SYNOPSIS

A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel.
With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas like the French.

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THE AUTHORS

Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France
Irène Némirovsky, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Dominique Fabre,
Paul Arene, Francois Coppee, Antoine Gustave Droz, Anatole La Braz

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR QUOTATIONS

Books Are Cool

This book very successfully presents us with an excellent selection of festive French literature that I think will please and interest the vast majority of readers.
The Frenchness emerges in various ways in the anthology.
The book makes for an interesting, enjoyable and educational read, will make your Christmas more multi-cultural and will, I hope, tempt you to discover more French writers after sampling the writing in this anthology.

The Fictional 100

A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time is a joy to hold and page through, as it is beautifully produced–not surprising since it comes from New Vessel Press.
I have described so many stories, because they were all so fascinating, just as the book’s subtitle promises. The Christmas themes are treated with a refreshing originality and variety, and I can imagine returning to reread this collection for many Christmases to come.

The French Village Diaries

This selection of Christmas tales was full of beautifully written pieces.
Culturally I learned a lot and was certainly glad to make my acquaintance of some of France’s great writers. I am looking forward to re-reading this book nearer the festive season and now that I’ve dipped my toes into the literature of some of France’s greats, I’m keen to read more.

Words And Peace

Experience Christmas as you have never before, with this unique, very French short story collection.

Readerbuzz

There’s a definite French-ish feel to the stories, and all of them have a little dash of Christmas in them.
Yes, these are good stories. More than that, they are remarkably good stories. So good that I think I’ll go back and read them again.

Reading To Unwind

This is a short story collection like none I have ever read before.
The stories where great with very profound lessons.

Reading for the Stars and Moon

I feel like this is a nice little book that shows the differences in culture and tradition of a French Christmas toward, for me, an American Christmas.
I would definitely recommend this book if you like to read about other cultures.

Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Each story is only about to 5-15 pages long.
They are fun, interesting, heartwarming, inspiring, delightful, magical, compelling, and even sometimes funny.
I loved learning more about French culture during Christmas time.

Locks, Hooks and Books

I liked learning about the way French celebrate Christmas and seeing something other than British or American

 

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Uncorked, by Paul Shore: French Hop and giveaway

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Uncorked:
My Year in Provence
Studying Pétanque,
Discovering Chagall,
Drinking Pastis,
and Mangling French

[memoir/ nonfiction]

 Release date: March 20, 2017
at Sea to Sky Books
176 pages
ISBN: 9780981347417

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 SYNOPSIS

Will having smoke repeatedly blown in his face deter a foreigner from breaking in to French culture? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he gained acceptance inside a charming village in Provence.

Uncorked celebrates the “uncorking” of a few tightly held traditions that are near and dear to hearts of the locals of the Cote d’Azur and Provence – being taught to play pétanque (boules) under the clandestine cover of darkness; learning vernissage etiquette; drinking pastis before noon; navigating narrow village roads at top driving speed. Shore also “uncorks” personal awakenings about the value of following roads-less-travelled and making time to smell-the-roses, as we cultivate friendships and traditions.  And, through exposure to the life of artist Marc Chagall, Shore reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face to gain acceptance in a foreign land.

Shore’s humorous and heart-felt accounts of his year living in Provence will touch and amuse, and evoke fond memories of travel to fascinating places — and they might even trigger reflection on the importance of being afforded new chances in life. 

TREAT YOURSELF to some belly laughter and fond reminiscing about your own past travels!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul ShorePaul Shore
is an author and technology industry veteran,
who has worked around the globe.
His second book, “Uncorked”, is an Amazon Best Seller, a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, and a nominee for a Whistler Writers Festival Independent Book Award.
Paul’s drive to embrace new challenges has seen him involved in a variety of pursuits. After the software startup he was with in France was acquired by computer chip maker Broadcom in 1999, Paul returned to Vancouver and led the company’s voice-over-internet group for years. Marrying a talent for business with a passion for sport and community, Shore pursued a role in the world of sports and spent an inspiring, and at times physically risky, few years working for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He has also regularly dedicated energy to volunteerism, while living in Whistler with his wife and children and exploring the mountains and ocean of the coast.

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GUEST-POST
by
Paul Shore

Pétanque in Saint-Paul de Vence…
Il a le sens du jeu!

Uncorked - Paul Shore

Anyone who has spent time in a small village in France has at the very least absorbed some sense of the importance of the ancient game of Pétanque within French culture. Now imagine a foreigner eventually being welcomed into the members-only, Cercle de Pétanque, club in the famous town of Saint-Paul de Vence, where French icons such as Yves Montand played the game, while Marc Chagall painted in his studio nearby.

To me this was a form of heaven — being warmly accepted into a part of French culture so near-and-dear to the hearts of locals in Provence!  Now, this did not come easily or quickly, in fact it started with my neighbour and friend Hubert blowing smoke in my face and exclaiming, “you cannot play, YOU ARE NOT FRENCH!”, when I dared to ask if he would teach me to play the game.

Not being one to take ‘no’ for an answer, I countered with “OK, then I’ll find somebody else to teach me because I AM going to learn to play this game.” And with that, I stormed off into my cave-like apartment, slamming my replica 15th-century heavy wooden door for effect.

After I cooled off and emerged from my self-imposed dungeon, I immediately ran into Hubert again. As I attempted to avoid him, he said, “Attends”.

What followed was a complete shock. Hubert whispered, “OK, I’ll teach you.”

“What was that?” I replied, “I don’t think I heard you correctly.”

To which he said, “Shut up before I change my mind; you heard me.” Actually he said “Ferme ta gueule”.

When I impulsively blurted out, “Great, let’s go,” Hubert replied, still whispering as if the local Culture Police might be listening, “No, not now, you fool; I’ll come find you when it’s time.”

What followed were weeks of being taught to play the wonderful game, under the cloak of darkness.  Like a clandestine affair, designed to protect those involved from the public ridicule that would surely come, if such illicit activities were uncovered.  Once I had proven to Hubert that my skills and understanding for the game had developed to a level well above any other foreigner to ever set foot on French soil, he permitted me to emerge from hiding and play with him against other locals in broad daylight.

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As a team, we more than held our own and I became respected for my play and my deep understanding of the game that locals cherished so dearly.  To this day, my most fond memory of my time living in France if of the time I executed a difficult shot and an elderly pétanque connoisseur spectator spoke up quietly, but clearly, saying “Il a le sens du jeu [He has a sense for the game].” He didn’t say that I was good at the game, rather he was pointing out that I really understood the game deeply, and with that he was communicating that he knew how difficult it was to reach that level and he was congratulating me for having had the nerve and determination to get to that point.  I simply looked his way, smiled politely, nodded, and carried on playing — it was a heavenly moment to savor forever.

We all know how common it is for people to inadvertently convince us not to try new things. Far too often we hear things like, “you will probably fail”, “that won’t work”, “that’s a bad idea”, “you don’t know how to do that”, “nobody is going to help you”, “you can’t make a difference”. Somehow I was lucky to learn fairly young to say to myself, “don’t listen to them… why not try?”  And it was this “why not try?” attitude that turned out to be the catalyst for my wonderful year of playing Pétanque on the hallowed grounds in front of Le Café de la Place in Saint-Paul de Vence!

My new book, “Uncorked – My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French”, is in and of itself a “why not try” endeavor.  It is not about wine, rather it is about “uncorking” traditions and personal realizations. I hope that the story inspires a few people to focus some light on the creative talents deep within them, if they haven’t already “uncorked” those talents on their own yet!

Pourquoi ne pas essayer ?

Santé,
Paul Shore

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January 2017 Book of the month giveaway winners

We have winners!

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AND THE BOOK REVIEWER OF THE MONTH

is

DENISE

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NB: For the book blogger of the month, we are now highlighting our last Incentive Program winner. Denise recently won a $10 gift card.

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