Scott Dominic Carpenter - "French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris" - Renée Saito

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Scott Dominic Carpenter

Join Alliance Française Chicago Library Director, Renée Saito, as she interviews Scott Dominic Carpenter about his hilarious memoir, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris. (Conducted in English.)

Attendees can purchase the book at the link at the bottom of the page. We offer several shipping methods, local delivery for specific zip codes, and curbside pickup. Please select your preferred method at the online checkout.

Presented in partnership with Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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About the book: 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. Everything is grist for Carpenter’s mill. In eighteen tales, he lifts the curtain on what passes for normal in Europe’s most glorious capital: neighbors who plot to murder one another, hiccups in transportation, bizarre store exchange policies, operatic dramas in the condo association, healthcare à la française, underground labyrinths, and even terrorism. In the company of a cast of recurring characters, he leads us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, Carpenter, winner of Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize for humor, keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

About the author: 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 Review, The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His website is

About the interlocutor: Renée Saito, MLIS, is Director of the Resource Center at the Alliance Française de Chicago, where she hosts events, oversees the archives, and curates the Midwest’s largest private non-university francophone collection.

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