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Reading Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman The Library will welcome two distinguished American novelists, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, as the guests of honor and speakers at the 2015 Gala Dinner on Tuesday 26 May at the Automobile Club de France. The evening offers a chance to showcase the entire…

Say it, spell it, say it

Friday, 20 March 2015 10:09 Written by
2015 Paris Spelling Bee Twenty-one finalists from the fourth to sixth grades (CM1-6ème) competed in the seventh annual Paris Spelling Bee at the American Library in Paris on Sunday 15 March 2015. In the 24th round, fourth-grader Riti Adrija Nalukurti took the top prize by spelling composition correctly, after successfully…

Malcolm X in the stacks

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:47 Written by
Malcolm X in the stacks It's been 50 years since Malcolm X was assassinated on 21 February 1965. On this occasion, France Ô created a documentary entitled Malcolm X, aux noms de l'identité noire, which aired on 25 February 2015. You can watch the video here through a link on…

Celebrating Teenage Authors

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:32 Written by
Teenage Authors There are many authors who wrote in their teens. Check out what they wrote! In the Forests of the Night (1999) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (first published at age 14) Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and…
Enjoying books about ... books At the Library, we're a community of bibliophiles. What better way to honor our shared passion than highlighting books in our collection that...highlight books? We've been collecting books on libraries, publishing, the joys of reading, and the joys (and frustrations) of writing for many years.…

Sweets for the sweet

Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:17 Written by
Sweets for the sweet... Everyone seems to have a different opinion about how best to spend Valentine's Day. There are certainly enough prix-fixe menus for this special day in restaurants all around Paris, like everywhere else on that day. For those who prefer to not dine with other date-night couples…
Writing tips & tricks to help you submit for the Young Authors Fiction Festival It’s creative writing season again! The Library encourages young authors all over the greater Paris area to sharpen their pencils (or put their fingers to the keyboard) and prepare to submit an original story to the…
Dare to have a dream: books to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy on his birthday, we have put together a list of recommended books about Dr. King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement to remind us all of the importance of fighting for…

15 books we can't wait to read in 2015 (Part 2)

Friday, 09 January 2015 13:58 Written by
15 new books we can't wait to read in 2015 (part 2) Here is a short list of the books (part 2 of 2) that we are most excited about reading in the coming months. Be sure to check back soon and get these books on your reading list. Happy…

15 books we can't wait to read in 2015 (Part 1)

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 12:27 Written by
15 new books we can't wait to read in 2015 (part 1) To get you started on a year of excellent reads, the Library has just ordered nearly 200 books that will be imminently available in our collection. Here is a short list of the books (part 1 of 2)…

Top 20 most circulated books in 2014

Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:18 Written by
Top 20 most circulated books in 2014 The year is coming to a close, and we look back at the top 20 most circulated books in 2014 in adult fiction. It's heartening to see classics like The Great Gatsby holding well with recent best-sellers like The Goldfinch. The Library wishes…

Books we are most thankful for

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:33 Written by
Books we are most thankful for We are thankful for many things in our lives and as we work surrounded by books everyday, we are of course grateful for those books that meant something to us, either in the past or right now. Here are a handful of books that…

Cookbooks to inspire your holiday table

Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:46 Written by
In search of culinary inspirations for the holiday table Food plays an essential part of holiday celebrations. Whether you plan on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or prefer to have a Cuban or Asian spread, these recently acquired cookbooks at the Library will give you plenty of ideas and inspiration to…
Galettete Pérougienne by Mimi Thorisson This is a wonderful speciality from the medieval town of Pérouges, near Lyon, made from a lemony yeasted brioche dough that is sprinkled with a generous amount of sugar, dotted with butter, and baked in a very hot oven. the sugar caramelizes and each bite…

Gone Girl reviewed by Wendy Simpson

Saturday, 25 October 2014 23:06 Written by
A review of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is first and foremost a good story. I was hooked from page one. Nick and Amy Dunne are a New York “golden couple”. Handsome, intelligent, successful, and at the outset very much in love. The economic downturn changes all…

The winner of the 2014 Book Award

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00 Written by
An Officer and a Spy wins 2014 Book Award An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris, is the winner of the second annual American Library in Paris Book Award. The annual prize honors the most distinguished book of the year about France or the French-American encounter, and carries a cash…

Oscar de la Renta Remembered

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:42 Written by
Remembering Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014)  "I have always felt my role as a designer is to do the very best I can for a woman to make her look her best. Fashion is only fashion when a woman puts it on." American designer Oscar de la Renta passed away…
 Alexander Lobrano and Clothilde Dusoulier talk about French food and more... Food writers and bloggers Alexander Lobrano and Clothilde Dusoulier met with Library staff at Hotel Amour restaurant to talk about their recently published books, Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover and Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural…

Banned Books Week

Thursday, 25 September 2014 02:54 Written by
 Banned Books Week: Celebrate the freedom to read The freedom to not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array of possibilities, is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  Although…

Best books for fall 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:55 Written by
 The most anticipated books for Fall 2014 With the rentrée littéraire in full swing, it's time to trade in our summer reads for fall's most anticipated books. These books are either on order or backordered by our prolific, extremely thorough, and overall amazing collections librarian Simon Gallo. We encourage you to…