Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway of BRIDGES OF PARIS by Michael Saint James

Today is my stop on the iRead Book Tour for Michael Saint James' beautiful book Bridges of Paris. Be sure to check out some of the other stops here and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to win one of 15 print copies of Bridges of Paris.  The contest is open internationally and ends May 16. I loved this book immediately because I love the new cooking show Luke Nguyen's France. Luke is always walking and cooking along, under, and on top of bridges throughout France. Although I have never been to France, photos of the city make me swoon and this book is no exception. As a book blogger, I constantly have books on my coffee table and scattered about, but none have caught the attention of so many guests as much as Bridges of Paris. Michael Saint James inspires me to continue working on my photography as well as research a visit to Paris in the future. 

Book Title: Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint JamesCategory: Adult Non-fiction, 280 pagesGenre: Travel PhotographyPublisher: Citron Bay PressPublished: May 1, 2015Available in: Print
Will send books: InternationallyTour dates: April 13 to May 8, 2015Content Rating: G

Bridges of Paris is a large-format coffee-table book, with over 350 original color photographs, which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The 37 bridges over the Seine River emerge as beautiful, historic destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. The book features stunning portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you’ve experienced this river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again. Living as a Parisian for a year, author Michael Saint James left his American lifestyle and spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, Michael immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist self. The result is a visual treasure to share with everyone.

Michael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries - doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas.
As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision.
The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.

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