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New e-books for children and adults

Monday, 10 July 2017 15:14 Written by
The Library has refreshed its OverDrive e-book collection with 100 new titles you can take with you on vacation. We've selected the best in recent fiction and non-fiction (including the titles shortlisted for the 2017 Book Award), and thrown in a few bestsellers from this past year so you have…
The 2017 Library Book Award Shortlist  The finalists for the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award, recognizing the most distinguished English-language book of year about France, have been announced by the Library. The books are: Duck Season: Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France's Last Best Place by…
The new director of the American Library in Paris is Jeffrey Hawkins, a seasoned American diplomat now serving as the United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic. Ambassador Hawkins will begin his new duties in September upon his retirement after 27 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He succeeds…

In praise of Susan Suleiman's new book

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:46 Written by
The Library recently hosted a presentation of Susan Suleiman's new book, The Némirovsky Question. Telling the tale of a family disseminated after having suffered the horrors of the Nazi occupation in France, Suleiman's book is also an inquiry on the contemporary literary resuscitation of a Jewish writer.  A tale spanning…

Winners of the Paris Spelling Bee for adults

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:21 Written by
So You Think You Can Spell? Emily Seftel won the first-ever "So You Think You Can Spell" contest at the Library. Elizabeth Taft placed second while Marie Keem finished third.  Thirteen adult spellers participated in the spelling bee contest, held on 6 June. The event was organized by the Paris…

Susan Suleiman on The Némirovsky Question

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 12:23 Written by
An Interview with Susan Suleiman Author Susan Suleiman will speak about her new book The Némirovsky Question at the Library on Wednesday 7 June at 19h30.  When did you first take interest in Irène Némirovsky's writing?  I actually learned about her through the writing of her daugther, Elisabeth Gille. I was working…
And the 2017 YAFF winners are... The 2017 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 2 June 2017 at the American Library in Paris. Over 300 people attended the celebration event, including the young author finalists, parents and teachers. Each finalist was awarded a certificate. YAFF…

Chris Dickon on his interest in Alan Seeger

Friday, 02 June 2017 10:13 Written by
An Interview with Chris Dickon Author Chris Dickon will speak about his new biography A Rendezvous With Death: Alan Seeger in Poetry, at War at a special tribute program at the Library on Monday 5 June at 19h30.  When did you first become aware of Seeger and take interest in…
  The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. June is the start of the summer and there's plenty to do in the city, including exhibitions that are worth the waiting in line! One of the best…
An Interview with Cara Connelly What’s your favorite writing trick to get the ideas flowing? I used to panic when I reached a point in a manuscript where I didn’t know what was supposed to happen next. I wondered if I’d taken a wrong turn somewhere, if I’d ever be…

James Kirchick on reading and writing

Monday, 22 May 2017 21:28 Written by
An Interview with James Kirchick Journalist James Kirchick wil be speaking at the Library on Tuesday 30 May about his book The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age. Programs manager Grant Rosenberg interviewed James on how he came to write about populism in Europe, his first…
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. May is officially "do as you please" month! We've invited art historian Emmanuelle Day to curate this month's Library Culture Picks. Emmanuelle has chosen to focus on the great…

An interview with Clarence Tokley

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:40 Written by
An Interview of Clarence Tokley The Library is a very busy place! We have so much going on and have some incredible volunteers that help us make the Library the great place it is. One of our amazing volunteers is Clarence Tokley. Clarence leads the Library's Master Shot Film Club…

Lindsey Tramuta on the new Paris

Thursday, 04 May 2017 21:33 Written by
What's behind the new Paris? Library staff recently asked Lindsey Tramuta, the creator of Lost in Cheeseland and the author of The New Paris: The People, Places, & Ideas Fueling a Movement, a few questions about why Paris is experiencing a boost in creative energy, especially in the arena of…

The American influence on French libraries

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:43 Written by
The American influence on French libraries As an American living in France, I take it for granted that my local French public library is set up just like my childhood library back in upstate New York. Books on open shelves, arranged by Dewey Decimal call number; a catalog searchable by author,…
Visiting Fellow Jacqueline Woodson has written a reflection for the Library on her time in Paris so far and her speaking engagements here.   A Moment, Please In the poem, A Moment, Please, by Samuel Allen (aka Paul Vesey), the poet speaks of going into the subway for ‘change of…
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Spring has arrived in Paris! Go out and visit these two beautiful exhibits exploring the wonders of nature. This is a great time to visit the Musée de la…
Commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI and the ALA Library War Service With the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI on 6 April 2017, the Library would also like to commemorate the centennial of the Library War Service of the American Library Association (ALA), of whose…

Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book

Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:52 Written by
Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shared the books he's reading now and those he enjoyed as a child in a recent New York Times article. He calls the stack of books next his bed the "leaning pile of guilt." And he reveals that…

Thank you for a great 2017 YAFF!

Monday, 03 April 2017 14:38 Written by
Thanks for a great 2017 YAFF! The deadline for the 2017 Young Authors Fiction Festival is now passed. This year's YAFF had one of the largest intake of submissions in its history with just under 500 stories submitted by the 1 April deadline. Young authors ages 5-18 from over 30…
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