tranquility du jour #289: finding your ooh la la

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Welcome to the 289th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today’s show features Jamie Cat Callan on finding your Ooh La La.

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Featured Tranquilista:  Jamie Cat Callan is the author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and the wildly popular French Women Don’t Sleep Alone which has been translated into sixteen different languages and is in its seventh edition.  Most recently, French Women Don’t Sleep Alone was featured in the July issue of Vanity Fair in an article by James Wolcott. Jamie’s work has appeared in hundreds of venues including The New York Times Sunday Styles Modern Love column, where she tells the story of how she met her husband.

Jamie has received many awards for her writing, most recently a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to write in the little village of Auvillar, France and a Massachusetts Council on the Arts Grant in fiction. Jamie taught creative writing for many years and is the inventor of The Writers Toolbox (Chronicle Books).

She grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, wrote beauty and fashion copy for the cosmetic company, Estee Lauder and went on to receive an MFA in screenwriting from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  She then worked in script development at Paramount Pictures for the actress, Meg Ryan.

Today, Jamie lives on Cape Cod with her husband, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist, and frequently travels to France.

Jamie an unabashed romantic, an enthusiastic champion of women and has inspired thousands of women (and men) to find their own joie de vivre and ooh la la!

Savvy Sources:

Books: Bonjour, Happiness; French Women Don’t Sleep Alone; Ooh La La

Seasonal online book club pick: Bonjour, Happiness

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