Even Paris was shocked! Forgotten stories of Americans in the City of Lights.

Even Paris was shocked! Forgotten stories of Americans in the City of Lights.

A performative lecture with Emilio Williams


Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.
$10 Members / $15 Non-Members · In English · Walk-ins welcome!
54 W. Chicago Avenue


A surprising and hilarious history of American mavericks who crossed the ocean in search of freedom, inspiration, and fun!

There is more to the history of Americans in Paris than Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the icons of the Lost Generation. From the Founding Fathers to the best-selling American writers of the 19th century; from the eccentric Dollar Princesses and Dandies of the Belle Époque to the brilliant party animals of the roaring 20s; from the American writers of the post-World War II era to the disco dancers of the 70s. Williams shares the stage with two Chicago actors who will perform dramatized readings from historical sources.

Emilio Williams divides his time between Paris and Chicago, where he is a Teaching Fellow at the School of the Art Institute. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about the forgotten stories of the 7th arrondissement in the Parisian Left Bank. His award-winning theater plays have been produced and published internationally to much critical acclaim. In his previous life as a journalist, he worked for CNN in Atlanta and Washington DC.