"Reading Karbo is like listening to a dear friend talk..." Los Angeles Times

COME TO YOUR SENSES WRITING RETREAT 2020 DATES in COLLIOURE, FRANCE SEPTEMBER 20-26. Learn More… 
 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, French Edition

The permanent population of our village is 2,633, but every year from August 14-18 it swells to a hundred thousand for Les Fêtes de St. Vincent, a full-on rave of concerts, dances, pageants, street performers, processionals by land and by sea, culminating in a huge firework show, famous throughout the region, celebrating St. Vincent, our patron saint. Vincent was a Christian living among pagans when, in 303, he was told he was behind on his sacrifices. He refused to comply and was flogged, hung ...

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We Are Never Not Americans

We are here and you are there. We are in a village in the south of France. You -- my daughters and their husbands; my husband’s family and their children; my best friends, their spouses and partners and children; other writers, colleagues, and yes, social media friends of whom I’m genuinely fond – are in America. They are in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Chicago. They are in malls, movie theaters, night spots, drug stores. This morning I thought I would write about la belle vie. I wanted to ...

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Come To Your Senses Writing Retreat II A Sublime Success

From May 26-June 1 we hosted the second Come to Your Senses writing retreat. Writers from Oregon, California, Illinois, Connecticut, and New York made their way to Collioure to disconnect from the daily grind, immerse themselves in the slow rhythms of life in the seaside village we now call home, and strengthen their writing using their five senses. Helping us achieve our mission -- master guest writer Ann Garvin and international culinary treasure, Chef Emily Park. The food was so exquisite, ...

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This is Our New Life

On habite ici maintenant. We live here now. This has been the phrase on our lips every day since May 15, when we took possession of our small and very charming apartment in Collioure. We have uttered it to the candied peanut man at the farmer’s market and to our regular waiter at the Sola (one of two local watering holes in town) and a cheese monger from Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon, whom we met one night at our favorite tapas place. He wanted to practice his English. Parce qu'on habite ici ...

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