Paris Literary Tour
"[Our guide had] a deep knowledge of Paris during the period that the Lost Generation was creating their mark on the world. We had a delightful tour and thoroughly enjoyed our morning learning about Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, and their lives on the Left Bank."
Born in San Diego (USA), Gil graduated in Politics and English from Brandeis University in 1997 and spent one year at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He pursued public service in Boston, New Orleans, and New York, and upon earning a Master of Public Administration from NYU in 2001 he traveled around the world for a year to meet the people he hoped to one day represent. In 2003 he was working at the Claims Conference when he decided to move to San Francisco in pursuit of a backdoor option to public office: writing fiction. Some years later he completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, produced his first book, and married a Parisienne. Since 2010 he is based in Paris where he has worked for years presenting and developing many different walks while holding on to the writer's dream and founding the Yefe Nof Residency in Lake Arrowhead, California. He specializes in the craft of writing and has a strong education in both the literary works of canonized and contemporary fiction writers and poets and the inner workings of cities, which has amply equipped him to tell his narratives as experiences.
Samuél is a novelist and musician who has lived in Paris since 2010. He holds a B.A. in European Studies from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in European Society from University College London. His MA dissertation, "The Humanness of Cruelty," was a study of psychoanalytic theory and modern European history, which sought to better understand the psychology of fascism and genocide. In 2015, Samuél published his debut novel, Slim and The Beast (Inkshares Press), a coming-of-age story about the pursuit of passion and brotherhood. Samuél teaches Anglophone literature, cinema, and creative writing at Paris’ Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. He is also a 2020 MFA candidate in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél is also in an American folk-rock trio, Slim & The Beast, whose self-titled EP (October, 2019 release) has already caught the attention of Rolling Stone France. Their music is available to stream on all platforms.
Lauren first began guiding in 2009 at the Vatican. Realizing her passion for teaching, the experience propelled her into graduate study. She completed a master’s degree in art history at the Courtauld Institute in London. In 2015 she moved to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to conduct dissertation research. She completed her PhD from Rutgers University and now lectures at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. Her specialization is modern art in France with a focus on gender studies and women artists. Lauren’s writings have appeared in academic journals, and she is currently expanding her PhD dissertation into a book on early 20th c female artists and their representations of the nude. Beyond art, she is passionate about wine and frequently travels around Italy with her sister who is a sommelier. When not writing or traveling, you can find her in the Louvre, Orsay or at the Pompidou. Since 2009 Lauren has led around 1,000 tours in museums in Paris and Rome. As a licensed guide, her goal is to make art and history come to life and create lasting memories. She offers her expertise in a way that is engaging and relatable to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
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