Alumni Authors Event
Highlighting four of the many published authors from the French American and International school community, we
hosted an Evening With The Authors on Friday, February 10, 2012. The High School library was the perfect setting
for this event. Authors read from their newest works, answered questions from the audience, and then mingled with
the crowd, signing books and reconnecting with fans, old and new!
Josh Nossiter, Emcee has been associated with the French
American International School and the International High
School for a quarter-century as a parent and as a board
member for the past decade. He has served as Soirée and
Annual Fund Co-Chair, Treasurer, Finance and Scholarship
Committee Chair, and, when the school was between CFOs,
helped the CFO’s office through the transition as a volunteer.
Nossiter grew up in France, England, India, and Washington
D.C., earned a BA in English from Dartmouth and an MBA in
Finance from Columbia. He has worked in finance on Wall
Street, in broadcasting, and as a management and financial
consultant. Nossiter is the author of many computer books
for Macmillan and writes the Board’s Eye View column for La
Lettre among other journalism. He currently serves as MCAH
Chief Fiscal Analyst and AB 75 Project Coordinator for the
San Francisco Department of Public Health. His two children,
Madeline and Jason, both graduates of UCSB and working in
San Francisco, were French American International School
Christina Henry de Tessan (class of 1989) is a Portland-based writer and editor. She is the author of the Paris,
San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City Walks decks
published by Chronicle Books, and writes about her favorite
places for Alaska Airlines Magazine and other print and
online publications. She works with Girl Friday Productions, a
freelancers’ collective, and is always looking for new writing
projects to satisfy her wanderlust. Henry de Tessan reads
from her new book Forever Paris, which she offered for sale
at the event along with her City Walks decks.
Francis Tapon (class of 1988) was born and raised in San
Francisco, California and has traveled to over 75 countries.
His mother is from Chile and his father is from France. He
co-founded a successful Silicon Valley company and also
worked at Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft. Tapon thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and
in 2007 he was the first person to do a round trip on the
Continental Divide Trail. He wrote Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life
Lessons from Backpacking Across America and The Hidden
Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us. Tapon has a
degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from
Harvard Business School. He shares his insights from his
newest book about what Eastern Europeans can teach us.
Harriet Heyman, mother to Jake (Class of ‘07) and William (Class of ‘08),
wrote and produced Private Acts: The Acrobat Sublime. Nearly twenty
years ago, she enrolled her two toddlers in an acrobatics class at a hole-in-the-wall circus school in San Francisco. Although her children’s interest
in the sport faded, Heyman’s evolved into an obsession. She’s studied the
language, history, and tradition of acrobatics, has trained on the flying
trapeze for over fifteen years, and now brings her knowledge and passion
for this art form to the pages of Private Acts: The Acrobat Sublime. In three
captivating essays, Heyman describes firsthand the life-changing experience
of training as an acrobat, and what motivates these artists.
The Ebersole Family – Paris While We’re Young is a collaborative effort
of Maureen and Doug and their three children, Christopher (Class of ‘06),
James (‘08), and Denia (‘ 12). The Ebersole family lived in La Vendée for the
2003-04 school year where the children studied in French public schools.
Through their travels, they decided to share their knowledge in a family
guidebook. The Ebersoles wrote Paris While We’re Young with the idea that
the best way to see Paris is to follow its history, not its geography, in order
to leave with a lasting impression and an elevation in one’s knowledge. Paris
While We’re Young was named Best Travel Guide by the North American
Travel Journalists Association in 2010, and earned a Finalist medal in the
Next Generation Indie Books Awards, 2010. James Ebersole read on behalf
of his family.
Harriet Heyman (right) chats with a guest before the Alumni Author’s Event.