Events & News

AAPA Member Marcia Lord Dies

Determined, intelligent, lively, curious, outspoken, kind and generous are only a few of the adjectives to describe AAPA member Marcia Lord who passed away October 22 at the Hopital Pompidou in Paris, reports Harriet Welty Rochefort, her friend of 47 years. A Chicago native, Marcia graduated from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and after moving…


D-Day Veteran Charles Hargrove Dies At 92

Charles Hargrove, a long-standing AAPA member who took part in the D-Day landings, died at his Paris home on Sept. 19 aged 92. Charles was foreign correspondent for many years with The Times of London in a career spanning 34 years, with postings in Germany, Japan and France. He retired in 1982 after a 16-year stint as the Times’ Paris bureau chief, and served as president of the AAPA in 1968.…


Expanding AAPA Revamps Its Management Team For 2014

In one of the most stimulating, constructive and convivial AGM evenings in years, AAPA members unanimously re-elected John Keating to a record third term as president, as well as a slate of officers and a new committee for the coming year. We met Dec. 11, once again enjoying the hospitality of member John Morris in his cozy and spacious apartment in the Marais. In his presentation prior to the…


Sun Shines on the AAPA Summer Gala

After a cold, soaking spring, the sun finally came out just in time for the Anglo-American Press Association's annual gala on June 4. People called it the best day of the year (so far), and it certainly was a great evening for the AAPA. The gala venue alternates between the official residences of the AAPA’s two honorary co-presidents, the American and the British Ambassadors. This year the host…


A Critique of France's Elitist Culture

AAPA member Peter Gumbel's latest book France’s Got Talent is a stinging critique of the pervasive French culture of elitism, and its unfortunate consequences.   For the tiny number selected to attend France's elite schools like the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and the Ecole Polytechnique the rewards are huge. These top education factories produce the self-confident, sometimes arrogant,…


Dryanskys Serve up a Gastronomic Feast

Long-time AAPA member Gerry Dryansky has won the American prize in the Gourmand World Cookbook competition for 2012, for “Best Culinary Travel Guide” with his latest oeuvre, "Coquilles, Calva and Crème: A Love Affair with Real French Food," published by Pegasus Books. Co-written with his wife Joanne, the book brings to life some of the most fascinating, glamorous food years in France—evenings…


New Year's Message from the President

Dear AAPA members, A New Year is upon us and it looks set to be about as busy as the one we have just seen out. The French, European and international situations loom as being as news-generating and as demanding as they were in 2012. This will be a challenge for us all, but it also provides us with opportunities to enhance the activity of the Anglo-American Press Association and allows us to make…


An American In Paris Probes The French Psyche

AAPA member Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of "French Toast" and "French Fried", continues her probing into the French way of life with her third book on the subject: "Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French" (St. Martin's Press, Oct. 2012). Analyzing the various forms that French expressions of joie de vivre take, she comes up with a few theories of her own.  For…


The 2012 Gala: Raining down good cheer

Rain or shine, the Anglo-American Press Association’s Annual Gala is one of the year’s highlights. This year it was definitely rain. But the inclement weather dampened no spirits.   This year the hosts were U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin--who along with the British Ambassador is an honorary AAPA co-president-- and his wife Susan Tolson.   The Ambassador welcomed members and guests to…


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

          Dear Fellow Members, The new AAPA committee held its first meeting November 28 and rapidly got down to work drawing up an exciting and challenging programme for the coming year. The well-attended meeting compiled an eclectic list of events covering potential guests from political, economic, industry, banking, culture, defence and media backgrounds inFranceand…