A Paris Street Celebrated at Newport Art Museum

Parisienne Elaine Sciolino signs her book at The Newport Art Museum

Have you ever fallen in love with a street? Author Elaine Sciolino, a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief of the New York Times, has fallen in love with hers. “I can never be sad on the Rue des Martyrs,” Ms. Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and vibrant lives. “There are expressos to drink, baguettes to sniff, corners to discover, and people to meet.”


Le livre!

Recently, Alliance Francaise Newport and the Newport Art Museum hosted Ms. Sciolino for a presentation and book signing on her new book, The Only Street in Paris, Life on the Rue des Martyrs. Part travelogue, part history book, The Only Street offers readers a glance into the magical strip of pavement in the 9th arrondissement that Sciolino and her husband call home.


Alliance Francaise President Mary-Gail Smith and NAM's Executive Director Norah Dietdrich welcomed the author to the Museum. Following her presentation and a Q & A session, Ms. Scioliono graciously signed books and chatted with members and guests in one of the Museum's galleries.


“Some people see a street, but I see stories,” explained Sciolino to a room packed with francophiles from across the state. “I got to know the streets routine, it’s rituals, and its stories.” In her new book, she shares those secrets with her readers.


Talking about "Rue des Martyrs", the only street in Paris

The Only Street is Ms. Sciolino’s fourth book. In 2010, she was decorated a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor of the French state, for her “special contribution” to the friendship between France and the United States.      

                                                                      -Lisa Gabrielson


The Newport Art Museum has been the heart and soul of the Newport art scene for over a century.  For information, go to www.NewportArtMuseum.org


The Alliance Francaise of Newport hosts numerous events open to the public, as well as several members-only events. For more information on the Alliance and its events, visit https://sites.google.com/site/alliancefrancaisenewportri/.




Discussing Paris with the author


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