“At Their Doorstep” Celebrates Early Parisian Street Fairs
Author Presentation is November 13 at Faith Lutheran Church
Author Charlotte Perret’s coffee table book celebrates the Parisian carnival and street fair vendors of the 1900s with colorful stories, vintage postcards and family photographs.
(Sarasota, FL) From the late 1880s to the late 1950s, Paris saw three and four generations of traveling carnival families create extravagant mass street events unlike any other street entertainment before or after. In “At Their Doorstep,” author Charlotte Perret celebrates these carnival and street fair vendors with colorful stories, vintage postcards and family photographs. Perret will speak about her book in a multimedia presentation, Sunday, November 13, 4 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road in Sarasota. The event is free and includes a wine and cheese reception with the author. For more information, call 941-924-4664 or visit www.faithsarasota.com.
“At Their Doorstep,” showcases vintage postcards and family photographs of the barkers, actors, carnival employees, circus and other performers that graced the street fairs of Paris in the early 20th century. Saved for sentimental reasons and captioned with amusing personal anecdotes, memories and reflections, this historical memorabilia offers a unique, first-hand glimpse of the audacity, adaptability and perseverance of the itinerant carnival entrepreneur.
Perret lived in Paris from 1964 to 1981, where she raised a family, taught English to French business executives and studied French literature at the Sorbonne. She conducted the interviews for this book in 1980 before leaving Paris for the United States. A museum educator by profession, Perret divides her time between Sarasota, Washington D.C., and France. Learn more about the author and “At Their Doorstep,” at attheirdoorstep.com.