Through lively compelling prose and evocative images, Café Society has universal appeal for a variety of readers: Francophiles, coffee, wine, and food lovers, history buffs, travelers, café habitués, homeowners, art and design students and professionals, and all those who have an interest in the café lifestyle.
Publication Date: February 2022
Size: 8.6” x 11.02” Portrait
World Rights: Available
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“Osburn’s unique perspective, honed over many decades as an American in Paris exploring and capturing café society, captivates and amuses with anecdotes and insider recommendations. "Café Society: Time Suspended, The Cafés, and Bistros of Paris" is a book that matters now as the world reopens and eager travelers return to France.”
7.7” x 9.25” Portrait
The Parisian café is an integral part of the city’s daily life no matter the weather, the time of day or year, the mood or neighborhood. It is the spirit of the café, the dance of the waiters, the camaraderie of the patrons, the perpetual movement and joy, that brings Joanie Osburn to share a dollop of history, a shot of insight, and a boatload of images that celebrate the Paris café as a cultural heritage worth celebrating and preserving.
“Café Society: Time Suspended, The Cafés, & Bistros of Paris” is a beautifully presented view of the origins, progression, and current state of the centuries-long tradition of the Parisian café, bistro, and brasserie. The book is neither a history book nor a cookbook, but a nontraditional travel guide, coffee table, and lifestyle book about a treasured lifestyle.
Introductory text and timelines provide a concise narrative of the history and evolution of coffee, coffeehouses, cafés, bistros, and brasseries in Paris and across the globe and form a backdrop for the text and photos in the body of the book that highlights contemporary café life. Osburn’s unique perspective, honed over many decades as an American in Paris exploring and capturing images of café society, captivates and amuses with anecdotes and insider recommendations. “Café Society: Time Suspended, The Cafés, and Bistros of Paris” is a book that matters now as the world reopens and eager travelers return to Paris.
Joanie Osburn is an award-winning interior designer, artist, and photographer based in San Francisco, CA. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of California at Berkeley, a degree in Interior Design and Color from the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design, San Francisco, and studied painting, photography, and sculpture in Paris and Cal Arts Los Angeles.
Her art is exhibited in galleries and museums across the US, and interior design projects featured in magazines, newspapers, and books, including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, House Beautiful,Traditional Home, Sunset Books, and Architectural Digest.
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