Americans have a love affair with Paris. From the days of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson through the era of the Grand Tour to today, Americans have been enthralled by the City of Light. But what makes the city so enchanting and enticing? Two writers who have lived in Paris and written about it discuss their personal connections to the city, exploring what it means to them and to Americans.
Kati Marton is an award-winning journalist and the author of eight books, including Enemies of the People and the new memoir Paris: A Love Story. Adam Gopnik (moderator) has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is the author of The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food and editor of