Edith Piaf Lecture

French market fête

Photograph of Edith Piaf

She was only 4 feet, 8 inches tall, but she had a powerful and soaring voice that made her France's greatest and best-loved singer in the 1940s and 1950s, and even to this day. Learn more about Edith Piaf on Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. at the French Market Fête, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library's companion celebration for the Book Hill French Market.

Joan Keefe will show video clips of French icon Edith Piaf singing on Parisian stages as she traces Piaf's tragic life: her early abandonment and poverty, her lost loves, and finally, her songs, her songwriters, and her love affair with her audiences. Joan Keefe has taught college-level French for many years. She has lectured on Edith Piaf in a variety of settings including the Smithsonian, the Corcoran Museum, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.