Today is the official publication day for Paris Red, and I received some great news this morning: the book is a “pick” for Publishers Weekly “Books of the Week”! Paris Red is part of a list that includes Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child, Sue Roe’s Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art, […]

I think Victorine Meurent looks so glamorous in Young Lady in 1866, which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I put it at the top of today’s post because April turned glamorous for me: Paris Red made it onto “must read” lists at InStyle and Harper’s Bazaar. InStyle said, “You’ll be caught […]

This week Facebook pulled my ad for Paris Red because it said I was “promoting nudity.” My ad didn’t have any nudity in it, but it linked to an interview I did that featured a detail from Manet’s Olympia. That’s all it took for me to get this response from Facebook: Here’s the ad as […]

My copy of Cara Black’s new mystery, Murder on the Champ de Mars, arrived Tuesday, and I’m thrilled. I love to tag along as Aimée Leduc navigates Paris by Vespa, investigating crimes and injustice, and I’m as much in awe of her fashion sense as her street sense. Fourteen books into this series, I feel […]

I celebrated Victorine Meurent’s birthday this past Wednesday, February 18. She was born 171 years ago, in 1844. (She died in 1927, at 83.) I know a few other people celebrated along with me because I got some favorites and retweets on Twitter, as well as some likes on Facebook. I thought it would be […]

Kirkus just reviewed Paris Red and said some wonderful things: “Manet’s muse ponders color, power, sex and love in vibrant 1860s Paris…Gibbon writes in a rather fragmented style, with short chapters…the overall effect is lyrical and fits the shabbily gorgeous Parisian setting. Fans of art history, Paris and contemporary Künstleroman like Girl With a Pearl Earring […]

When I found out this weekend that Publishers Weekly gave Paris Red a “starred” review, the news came from the source. PW Reviews tweeted it directly to me @Maureen_Gibbon: I thought I’d just be catching up on tweets about cats, writing and Paris, so the tweet shocked me. I got so flustered I had to do something […]