Ellen Feldman in conversation with Ann Mah

Ellen Feldman discusses Paris Never Leaves You with
Ann Mah, bestselling author of The Lost Vintage

Thursday, August 6, 2020
6:00 PM ET



Join us for this special event celebrating  Ellen Feldman's new novel, Paris Never Leaves You, which she will be discussing with noted food writer and bestselling author of The Lost Vintage, Ann Mah. The conversation should last approximately one hour, and will conclude with a Q&A from the audience.  

This event will be held virtually via Zoom.
Registration is required, and tickets include a copy of Paris Never Leaves You. Tickets are $20, or $23 if the book is being shipped.


ELLEN FELDMAN, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Terrible Virtue, The Unwitting, Next to Love, Scottsboro (shortlisted for the Orange Prize), The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (translated into nine languages), and Lucy. Her last novel, Terrible Virtue, was optioned by Black Bicycle for a feature film. Her new novel, Paris Never Leaves You, is available August 4, 2020.

She grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College, from which she holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history. After further graduate studies at Columbia University, she worked for a New York publishing house.

Ellen lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York, with her husband and a terrier named Charlie.


ANN MAH  is a food and travel writer and novelist based in Washington, D.C. and Paris. A regular contributor to the New York Times’ Travel section, her articles have also appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, the Washington Post, Vogue.com, Food52, BonAppétit.com, Best American Travel Writing 2017, The New York Times: Footsteps, and other publications. 

Her latest novel, The Lost Vintage, is a USA Today bestseller and Indie Next pick. She's also written a memoir, Mastering the Art of French Eating – which was an Amazon best book of 2013, and winner of the Elle readers prize – and a novel, Kitchen Chinese, which Publishers Weekly called “a great start for a writer with much promise.” Mah is also the author of Instantly French, a French cookbook for the Instant Pot and other multifunctional electric pressure cookers. Her books have been translated into eleven languages.

As the recipient of a James Beard Foundation culinary scholarship, she studied in Bologna, Italy, an experience that forged a love of lasagne with béchamel sauce, and prohibitively expensive balsamic vinegar. Ann has also earned the Level 2 Award in Wine & Spirits with distinction from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

Ann currently lives in Paris and Washington, D.C., but has called many other places home, including Orange County, California, New York City, and Beijing, China. Her husband’s diplomatic career brings frequent international moves, as well as lots of fresh material (and occasional angst) to write about, and she always has another relocation on the horizon.



Moving between wartime Paris crushed under the boot of the Nazi Occupation and 1950s Manhattan giddy with postwar abundance and optimism, Paris Never Leaves You is the story of one woman’s struggle to save her infant daughter and herself.

Running a bookshop in occupied Paris, a city darkened by blackouts, curfews, and constant fear; gripped by hunger, cold, and sudden roundups and deportations, Charlotte Foret walks a fine line between protecting her daughter and staying true to herself and her country; between her hatred for the enemy and her unwanted sympathy for a Wehrmacht physician tortured by his own lethal secret.

Charlotte endures and her daughter ultimately thrives, but the compromises she has made shadow her new life in postwar New York, where she works in a publishing house presided over with wry irreverence by a man haunted by his own war history. Their fates and that of the Wehrmacht physician who has fled to South America prove that though the war is over, the past is never past.



“An unforgettable story of resistance, trust, faith and love ... immediately grabs readers’ hearts and never lets go... The best works of historical fiction have a way of illuminating the present, allowing readers to better understand themselves through well-defined characters reflected in the prism of time. In Paris Never Leaves You, Ellen Feldman does this beautifully in a multi-layered, tender story that explores the emotionally charged, often parallel terrains of truth, deception, love and heartbreak.”
-Shelf Awareness

“Things are seldom as they seem in this engrossing tale of identity, survival, loyalty, and love. With frequent time shifts and dubious identities, the author adds considerable depth to her well-crafted gripping tale unfolding amid vivid depictions of Paris in wartime. Recommended with enthusiasm...” 
-Library Journal (starred review)

“A nuanced WWII story of love and survival in Occupied Paris...With its appealing heroine and historically detailed settings...a dangerous secret gives Feldman’s story a gasp-worthy spin.” 
-Publishers Weekly

“For fans of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale... Book groups are sure to find much to dissect and discuss.” 


Paris Never Leaves You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250622778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 4th, 2020

The Lost Vintage: A Novel Cover Image
By Ann Mah
ISBN: 9780062823328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 6th, 2019

Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself Cover Image
By Ann Mah
ISBN: 9780061771279
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 9th, 2010

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Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love Cover Image
By Ann Mah
ISBN: 9780143125921
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm