Wings Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France

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  • Copyright: 3/29/2016
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales

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France is steeped in refined traditions, with its rich history, exquisite art, robust culture, and varied cuisine. Writer Erin Byrne was changed by traveling around this country with the ghosts of artists and historical figures who shared with her their guides to living.

Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France is a collection of essays drawn from Byrne’s travels across the country. From Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence to a tiny village in the Jura Mountains, from a neighborhood bistro on the Left Bank of Paris to a plain high above the Normandy beaches, she travels through France collecting stories, characters, tastes, and secrets that act as ingredients for change, then takes those experiences and digs deeper to uncover meaning.

Henri Cartier-Bresson issues a challenge, Sainte Geneviève offers resilience, Salvador Dalí seduces, Picasso entertains, and a wrought iron sign portends the future. Wings is about the gifts that we all glean from our travels. This book will inspire readers to unwrap their own images and impressions in a new way.

Author Biography

Award-winning author Erin Byrne writes travel articles and essays, short stories, poems, and screenplays. Her writing has won numerous awards, including three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year.

Her work appears in a variety of publications, including Adventures of a Lifetime, Travelers' Tales Best Travel Writing, The Best Women's Travel Writing, Wild Horses: Women on Fire and Burning the Midnight Oil anthologies, Points North Atlanta, World Hum, and Vestoj, The Journal of Sartorial Matters. She has also appeared on radio and written a series of articles about travel writing for Writer's Digest, Shelf Pleasure, and several other publications.

Erin is editor of the Vignettes & Postcards series of destination-specific anthologies by notable writers. A third edition of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris will be released by Reputation Books in 2016, and includes photographs by William Curtis Rolf, sketches by Candace Rose Rardon, with new stories by Don George, Georgia Hesse, Jayme Moye and other writers. Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco will also be released in 2016. This new collection of stories by 28 writers includes work by Rolf Potts, Suzanna Clarke, Phil Cousineau and Michael Chabon.

Also successful in the world of film, Erin has written a short feature screenplay, Siesta, which is in pre-production in Spain. It is scheduled to be filmed by Dutch filmmaker Rogier van Beeck Calkoen in November 2016. She is also the screenwriter of The Storykeeper, an Accolade Award-winning documentary short subject about occupied Paris, also directed and produced by van Beeck Calkoen. The Storykeeper was on the first list of nominated films at the Jaipur International Film Festival and was named Best Documentary Short at the Geneva Film Festival and the Universe Multicultural Film Festival. It was shortlisted for the Onecloudfest Award and continues to screen at festivals and other venues.

As an occasional instructor at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris, Erin shares her expertise in writing, as well as teaches on Deep Travel trips.

Wings from Victory is Erin’s first book, and she is working on the novel, The Red Notebook.

Table of Contents


1. Les Deux Garçons
Two Boys and a Bistro
Day Dreamer
Coasting Beyond Boyhood

2. Characters
The Rarest of Editions
Dear Madame Renaud
Don’t Think, A Message From Henri Cartier-Bresson

3. Tastes of Place
The Taste of This Place
A Rare Blend
Jurassic Cheese

4. Connections
French Connections
Vignettes & Postcards From Paris
Vincent’s Vision

5. The Mystique of Art
À Propos de Paris
Eye to Eye with van Gogh
Winged Victory

6. The Storykeeper
Mentalité Terrible
The Boy and His Shield

7. Transformations
Bastille Day on the Palouse
Avé Métro
Deep Travel, Notre Dame

8. Secrets
The Secret of It
The Mirror of Montmartre
Wise Beams

9. Signs
In Vincent’s Footsteps
Duende in the Louvre

10. Belonging
Cézanne’s Salon des Refusés
Reconnaissance: Seeking Sainte Geneviève
Now, Fly

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