Ann Banks

Ann Banks is a journalist and writer living in New York. Her website Confederates in My Closet: Reckoning with Ancestors on the Wrong Side of History, explores how the past informs the present, in particular the continuing impact of slavery on this country.  She has written for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Her travel writing has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, and She also has published eight books for children.

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Venice on a Kayak

Kayaking the canals of Venice, seeing Murano, Burano and other islands by kayak. Ann Banks explores the famous city’s canals with a paddle.

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France: A Dinner Party Tradition in Paris

The Conversation flows as freely as the wine every Sunday at Jim Haynes’ legendary Paris salon Ivan, meet Odile, Dick, this is Camilla, Roland, Diego, Giuseppe, Petre, Wolfgang (He’s a chess grandmaster, by the way), Annette, Pablo, Vladimir, Peter, Ljuba, Hassan… Mary, you’re not talking to anyone, come over here!…

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New Orleans According to Treme

New Orleans According to “Treme” The new HBO Series is a perfect way to get to know the Post-Katrina Crescent City By Ann Banks It’s 7 o’clock on Tuesday night, the official start time for jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins’ regular gig at Bullet’s Sports Bar. Bullet’s is an unassuming hangout…

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