Do you love French culture?
Have you ever dreamt of living in France? Planning a trip to visit?
Then I have a program for you!
WHEN: Tues., Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Garden Home Community Store – 7306 SW OLeson Rd (across the street from the library, in the Lamb’s Shopping area. 2 doors down from the Baskin-Robbins.
Beaverton author and French teacher Giselle Bawnik dreamt of living in France. She now spends part of the year there in the 13th century village of Monflanquin, France (population 2000).
Bawnik will talk about her experiences and book, My Little French Village (available in WCCLS catalog; author may also be selling some). Plus she’ll teach us the alphabet and some fun French phrases!
About the Book
Bawnik finds herself experiencing unexpected magic and personal transformation as she realizes a lifelong dream of owning a house in France and begins a love affair with the town’s residents. MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE tells her story of an American French teacher feeling frustrated and alienated while traveling in the country she loves until she buys a house in France and establishes a presence in a small French village with a population of 2000. During a time in her life, when she struggles with the loneliness of empty nest, she reaches out bravely to her neighbors. In the village, she learns to abandon her big city defenses and dance to the rhythm of the village people. Chance encounters turn into friendships, and all worries about being an outsider melt away with the warmth of the town’s people.
The book’s cast of characters, be it the benevolent plumber, the sexy aqua gym instructor, a courageous female taxi driver, or the remarkable woman, a former banker who lives alone with 39 goats is sure to bring a smile to readers everywhere and a few chuckles. MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE offers readers a chance to live vicariously in a small French town where life is inherently good.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Giselle Bawnik is the Director of Say It In French Language School which she founded in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. She has been teaching French at Portland Community College for over twenty years. She earned her Masters of Education and Bachelors of Art Degrees in French Language and Literature at the University of California Los Angeles. In 1991, she bought a house in Monflanquin, France and life became magical. MY LITTLE FRENCH VILLAGE is her first travel memoir; the book is available in the WCCLS catalog. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her amazing husband Bill and adorable beagle Maggy. She may be contacted at email@example.com . To learn more about the author, visit her web site at www.sayitinfrench.com