Charles Trueheart

Director of the Library


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Charles Trueheart became director of the American Library in Paris in March, 2007.

In the years since, with the leadership of the Board of Trustees and the dedication of thirteen staff members and scores of volunteers, the Library’s membership, annual giving, and programming have grown sharply. Partnerships with Paris schools, universities and associations have proliferated. Book groups were launched in 2008. New databases and digital offerings have been introduced regularly. Sunday hours were introduced in 2010. The American Library in Paris Book Award and the American Library Visiting Fellowship have been running since 2013. The latest of three recent renovations, in 2016, included the creation of new study spaces, a sealed central reading room, a member's lounge, and open facade, automated security access, and a range of new technological tools and resources. 

Trueheart has announced his retirement as director of the Library at the end of summer 2017, and a search is under way for his successor. 

Trueheart’s earlier career was in journalism. He worked fifteen years at The Washington Post, the last four as the newspaper's Paris correspondent. Before joining the newspaper’s foreign staff in 1993, he was a cultural affairs reporter for the Post, responsible for coverage of book and magazine publishing and literary and intellectual topics. He continues to serve as a contributing editor of The American Scholar and has contributed book reviews, essays, and other articles to The Atlantic Monthly and other publications.

Before joining The Washington Post, Trueheart was associate director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and director of the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Public Affairs Forum. His earlier work in journalism included positions at USA Today, Publishers Weekly, the Baltimore News American and the Greensboro Daily News.

Trueheart serves on the board of directors of the French-American Fulbright Commission. He has served as senior warden (board chairman) of the American Cathedral in Paris, as a member of the Board of Foreign Parishes of the Episcopal Church, and as a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He is a member of the tenor section of the Paris Choral Society.

Born into a U.S. Foreign Service family in Washington in 1951, Trueheart was raised there and in Paris, Ankara, London, and Saigon before completing his education at Phillips Exeter Academy and Amherst College. He is married to Anne Swardson, an editor-at-large at Bloomberg News; they have two grown children, Louise and Henry.



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