Carolyn Burke

December 13, 2008

221 Chestnut Street, San Francisco

Report from Paris – Carolyn speaks about Edith Piaf, with Terrance Gelenter of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, Cara Black and Sara Houghteling.


November 11, 2008

Paris, France

Carolyn speaks in French about her work as a biographer
on Minuit/Dix, a program of public radio station France Culture that airs week nights at ten past midnight.


October 17-19, 2008

Saint-Étienne, France

Carolyn presents the French edition of Lee Miller at the Fête du Livre (book fair).


June 12-15, 2008

Shakespeare & Co., 37 rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris

Real Lives: Exploring Memoir & Biography – Thirty of the world's most celebrated writers came together to explore this genre on the Left Bank of Paris opposite Notre Dame. This is the only literary festival in the heart of Paris and perpetuates the long-standing tradition of Shakespeare & Company fostering literary life in Paris. Carolyn's talk, "Biography and Serendipity," took place on June 12.

Life-writing workshop – Carolyn Burke, author of Lee Miller, A Life (Knopf/Bloomsbury) and Becoming Modern, The Life of Mina Loy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) offered a two-day intensive workshop for writers working on biographies and memoirs. Topics covered include choice of subject, research techniques, the proposal as a way to clarify emphasis and structure, and narrative strategies to ensure liveliness — the techniques of fiction applied to the richly contextual form that is contemporary biography.

From the advertisement for the Festival in the New York Review of Books, May 29, 2008