25th October 2020 | Live Stream

Join us on Sunday 25th October for a Book Club LIVEstream with the longtime New York Times foreign correspondent and best-selling author Elaine Sciolino and her gorgeous new book, The Seine: The River that Made Paris - a vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine.

In the spring of 1978, as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.

Elaine explores the Seine through its rich history and lively characters: a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river’s light. She discovers the story of Sequana—the Gallo-Roman healing goddess who gave the Seine its name—and follows the river through Paris, where it determined the city’s destiny and now snakes through all aspects of daily life. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, sips champagne at a vineyard along the river, and even dares to go for a swim. She finds the Seine in art, literature, music, and movies from Renoir and Les Misérables to Puccini and La La Land.

Through this rich portrait, she'll explain why the Seine is the world's most romantic river and will invite us all to explore its secrets and magic for ourselves.

Elaine will be in-conversation with Salon London’s Helen Bagnall before we put your questions to her - LIVE.

This Salon is part of our Book Club LIVE series - Salon Lockdown's venture to invite us all to a Book Club with the author. There's no need to have pre-read the book. Access is £7 or free if you buy the bookThe Seine: The River that Made Paris, from us below which we will send you. Alternatively, become a member and get unlimited access to all Salon events, live and online, across the year.