Author Olivier Magny draws crowd at Elon event

The native Parisian discussed on April 8, 2013, his two best-selling books at an appearance in LaRose Digital Theatre.

French author Olivier Magny drew a large crowd in the LaRose Digital Theatre when he spoke April 8 about his best-selling books, Stuff Parisians Like and Dessine-moi un Parisien, a conversation followed by an animated Q&A session.

Olivier Magny is a Parisian – born and raised.  Since graduating from a prestigious French business school, Magny has become a prominent entrepreneur with his own wine tasting school and bar, Ô’Château, in the heart of Paris.  He is also the host of a French television show about wine, and a wine consultant for the renowned Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.

What began as a blog to attract visitors to his Ô’Château website has now turned into two best-selling books about the sociology, habits, attitudes, mannerisms and expressions of fellow Parisians.  Whereas his chronicles are amusing and have been called “hilariously perceptive” by New York Magazine, they can be quite cutting on the subject of modern French society and Parisian identity.  Nonetheless – or perhaps as a result – his writing is being touted as “un must” in France and abroad. 

The event was supported by the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, Elon College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the French Club, the French House, and the French honor society Pi Delta Phi.