French Murder, Magic, and Wartime Resistance

First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall presented by MailChimp

Sunday, 12:00-12:45

Paige Bowers and Holly Tucker, lifelong Francophiles and historians, discuss two fascinating stories of intrigue in the City of Light. Tucker transports us to 17th Century France to investigate an epidemic of murders with Nicolas de La Reynie, Paris's first police chief. And Bowers introduces us to the lesser-known de Gaulle, Genevieve, niece of Charles who risked her life to free occupied France during WWII.


Paige Bowers

Paige Bowers is a news and features writer whose work has appeared in TIME, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, People, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, and others. A lifelong Francophile, she earned a master’s degree in modern European history in 2012 and teaches continuing education classes at Louisiana State University about French history and culture.

Holly Tucker

Holly Tucker is a professor in the Department of French and Italian, as well as in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.). She is the author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and a Best Book of the Times Literary Supplement in the Seattle Times. She lives in Nashville, and Aix-en-Provence, France.


Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson is a linguist and double bassist in Atlanta. He currently teaches French at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, as well as English as a second language at Georgia State and the Latin American Association. His research interests include multilingual identities, metrolingualism, and the Modernist theater and poetry of Belgium. Nelson studied French and classical music at Rice University, and recently graduated from Georgia State with a master’s in Applied Linguistics.