Monday, May 29, 2017

Book Signing in Paris 
May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Librairie VOLUME
47 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris, France
http://www.librairievolume.fr



Announcing 

Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
Parcs et jardins de Paris et ses environs
192 p. avec 200 illus., 242 x 297,5 mm, relié, français
ISBN 978-3-86905-007-2
Euro 49.90, £ 46.00, US $ 56.00 



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Depuis plus de 350 ans les Parisiens ont conçu mais aussi préservé de phénoménaux espaces en plein air, ouverts au public. Dans son livre Jacqueline Widmar Stewart suit le tissage de
la tapisserie des parcs de Paris et ses environs. L’Identification de l’époque à laquelle il a été construit peut donner à chaque parc des qualités multidimensionnelles et permet aux lecteurs de découvrir ces grands espaces verts tout comme les Parisiens.
De nombreuses couches d’éléments et de thèmes tissent les parcs français. Aussi loin que l’on remonte dans l’héritage ancien, les vestiges de l’histoire de Paris apparaissent dans tous les parcs, quelque soit leur taille. La répartition équi- librée des espaces verts dans la ville reflète une époque majeure du 19ème siècle; les parcs con- temporains maintiennent ces traditions.
Un certain nombre de parcs et jardins français du 17ème siècle ont appartenu initialement aux domaines royaux, mais maintenant accueillent le public. En aparté il convient de noter que le pre- mier parc de Paris, le Jardin des Tuileries, a ou- vert ses portes au public en 1667.
Soigneusement conçus et méticuleusement adaptés aux besoins de l’époque, certains parcs ont camouflé le délabrement urbain inesthétique avec splendeur; d’autres ont converti des sites industriels à un usage récréatif, tout en mainte- nant des liens culturels avec le passé. Beaucoup de merveilles invitent tous ceux qui pénètrent dans les sphères magiques de Paris: une prome- nade paysagère de plusieurs kilomètres au-des- sus de rues animées; un jardin moderne suspen- du au-dessus d’une gare de train; un parc sur la rive d’un canal avec ses grandes curiosités archi- tecturales rouges; une allée au milieu d’une île de la Seine; un marais récemment construit qui abri- te déjà des canetons colverts; des nuages de parfum émanant des roses de la collection origi- nale de Joséphine Bonaparte.
Depuis ses études secondaires dans l’Indiana, la langue et la littérature françaises ont fasciné Jacqueline Widmar Stewart, qui a étudié aux Universités du Colorado et du Michigan et qui a obtenu son doctorat en droit à l’Université de Stanford à Palo Alto. Son premier livre, The Gla- ciers’ Treasure Trove: A Field Guide to the Lake Michigan Riviera, se penche sur les histoires géo- logiques et philanthropiques de cinq parcs au sud du lac, près de Chicago. Son deuxième livre, Finding Slovenia: A Guide to Old Europe’s New Country, met en valeur les merveilles de la terre natale de ses grands-parents. En 2011 Edition Axel Menges a publié Parks and Gardens in Greater Paris, maintenant aussi disponible
en français. 
Champagne Regained, publié
par Edition Axel Menges en 2013, raconte l’histoire de la boisson et du commerce du Champagne, depuis la période médiévale. 






A specular day in the Jardin des Plantes, where science plays the leading role on a stage of green splendor while little ones love the poppies.







Sunday, May 8, 2016




Local Authors Festival







Are you looking for a good book to read? At the Local Authors Festival, which was held on Sunday April 3 at the Rinconada Library, authors shared stories that ranged from Paris to a cruise adventure to toxicology. Besides speaking, the authors were available for book signing.

As library customers entered the south doors, they were met by a festive scene. Balloons decorated the breezeway, and authors were sitting at tables with their books ready for purchase. Before entering the Embarcadero room, programs were on a table along with name tags for the authors and a floral that was a single white rose.

Each author spoke for twenty minutes. During their talk, the authors shared how they became interested in writing and their motivation for writing their book.

Jacqueline Widmar Stewart has always loved French culture. Later when she took up photography, she combined her two interests to produce exquisite coffee table books on Paris and France. Jacqui wrote in her blog, “Kudos to Palo Alto on its new forum. Like bouquinistes lining the Seine on a Sunday, writers amid stacks of tomes received their readers along the breezeway corridor. Here’s wishing the city an equally distinguished literary future.”

Imagine taking a cruise with other wealthy men only to return and learn that you could be a pauper. That’s what happened to some of the individuals on the Millionaires Cruise by Don McPhail. Don said, “The Rinconada Library audience was quite welcoming and widely read, and it is clear that they love their library!”

Alan Wu shared a story from his book, Toxicology. It is a tale of two college boys who came home for the holidays. One attended school on the East Coast, and one attended school on the West Coast. Upon returning to school, both became ill. The West Coast student was correctly diagnosed and was immediately treated with antibiotics. On the other hand, the health center for the East Coast student thought that it was the flu. One lived and one died. The West Coast student lived.

Authors presenting or signing were: Dante Drummond (Homeward Bound); Susan Edelman (Be Your Own Brand of Sexy); SuAnn and Kevin Kiser (Sherman the Sheep); Liz Lee (The House at 844 1⁄2); Jean Libby (John Brown Photo Chronology); Don McPhail (Millionaires Cruise); Stuart Rojstaczer (Mathematician’s Shiva); Elizabeth (Betty) Schneider (Forbidden Friends); Peter Stangl (Painted Pebbles); Jacqueline Stewart (Parks and Gardens in Greater Paris); Alan Wu (Toxicology).

All books are available for check-out at the Rinconada Library. The Local Interest Collection is continuously being added to. If you know of a Palo Alto author, then have them contact Anita Delaney at the Rinconada Library. This is a special collection for the Palo Alto community.


http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/52334

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rendering by Richard Elmore 2-12-2012

Woman's Club of Palo Alto
Incorporated 1894
At this location since 1916




Palo Alto sidewalk                    
Photo by JWStewart


Only today has Yours Truly discovered this most amazing Palo Alto institution that draws the epitome of both charm and intellect.  Superb presentations here perfectly balance know-how with style.

Here's wishing this venerable group all success in restoring and retrofitting their landmark.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Kudos to Palo Alto on its new forum.

The now renovated Rinconada Library held a Local Authors Festival on April 3, at which 10 authors, including yours truly, read from their work.  Like bouqinists lining the Seine on a Sunday, writers amid stacks of tomes received their readers along the breezeway corridor.

Here's wishing the city an equally distinguished literary future.


Monday, March 21, 2016