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Carolyn Burke


cover of "No Regrets"Carolyn Burke was born in Sydney, spent many years in Paris, and now lives in Santa Cruz, California. Her biographies of artists, expatriates, and travellers have been published in many countries. The most recent, No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, is considered the definitive life of the chanteuse.


cover of "No Regrets" The beloved French singer comes to life in this enthralling biography, which captures Piaf's charismatic appeal along with the time and place that gave rise to her career. The Sunday Express (U.K.) writes: "No Regrets pays Piaf the supreme compliment of coming from both the heart and head of its author."

2015, the centenary of Piaf's birth, will see tributes from artists around the world. Burke is collaborating with singers on programs that transmit the singer's joie de vivre; the French edition of No Regrets: Non, je ne regrette rien (Éditions Bartillat) – will be featured at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Edith Piaf exhibition.

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cover of "No Regrets"April 14, 2015. Carolyn attends the opening of the Piaf centenary exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale, in Paris.
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cover of "No Regrets"March 2015. Carolyn conjures up a visit to the Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company. Read "Shakespeare with Rosy," in phren-Z, Winter 2015.

cover of "No Regrets"April 2014. Cosmos Club, Washington D.C. Carolyn presents "Edith Piaf, Song, Reminiscences, and Tribute." speaker icon Listen to the podcast.

cover of "No Regrets"October 10, 2013. Carolyn takes part in "Celebrate Edith Piaf," a Google+Hangout discussion on the 50th anniversary of her death. Watch the event.

cover of "No Regrets"October 9, 2013. Carolyn weaves together songs, images, reviews, and interviews to evoke the Little Sparrow's years in New York. Read about the event.

cover of "No Regrets"Spring 2012. Rubin Museum, New York City: Carolyn took part in the U.S. Postal Service ceremonies to launch the Edith Piaf commemorative U.S. postage stamp.

cover of "No Regrets"Spring 2012. City Lights Books/Litquake, San Francisco: Carolyn presented an evening of words and music at Tosca Café celebrating the life of Edith Piaf, with chanteuse Betty Roi. speaker icon Listen to the podcast.