Gopnik’s writings are an important bridge between American and French culture, she said.
“Adam Gopnik is one of the best American writers who keeps the idea of the American in Paris alive in our imaginations,” Shand said. “He is in many ways a very French writer, and as an essayist he writes about everything.”
The evening will include sketching, which is becoming a regular feature at PEM/PM events, the museum’s series of monthly parties. Modern Millie, a vintage and consignment fashion store in Salem, will provide a model at the event whom visitors can sketch.
“We don’t know what the Modern Millie model will be wearing,” Moon said. “They like to surprise us. They’re wonderful about styling their model in a themed outfit.”
The evening will also include a tour of “Impressionists on the Water” conducted in French by a museum staff member who is a native of Montreal.
“It will be a good chance for people to practice their French,” Moon said.
LA VIE BOHEME What: A celebration of the cafe culture of the French Impressionists When: Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem Admission: $10 at the door, members and Salem residents free. Cash bar. Tickets for Adam Gopnik lecture are included in the price of admission and are available at PEM's reservation line at 978-745-9500, ext. 3011. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.