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Why graphic novels matter

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:04 Written by
Why graphic novels matter   As part of the Library's exhibit Art as Story: Celebrating the Graphic Novel, currently on display through 2 February 2014, we are exploring this literary medium from many perspectives. The interview featured here is with Beck Prigot, a student at Trinity College and a former…

Great reads in 2013 by Library staff

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00 Written by
The list of books below are some of the finest books we've read this past year. Not all were published in 2013, so it's not quite the best books of 2013, but these were the books that we remembered the most. With the year coming to a close, we would…
The three panelist of our December 11th evening program give a brief sense of the origins of their novels and the concept of storytelling: On Theory of RemaindersBy Scott Dominic CarpenterTheory of Remainders tells the story of a father confronting a traumatic past. Philip Adler is an American psychiatrist who…
Vietnam: Different dreams, same footsteps   Following are excerpts from remarks by Fredrik Logevall upon receiving the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award for Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam on 15 November 2013 at the George C. Marshall Center in Paris. …
Celebrating Thanksgiving à la Parisienne   With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we imagine that many of the Library's American members and guests are finalizing their plans for the all-important meal of of the year. As Elaine Sciolino recently wrote in The New York Times, it seems that every American in…

Anthony Flint reflects on his visiting fellowship

Monday, 18 November 2013 23:39 Written by
Reflections of a Visiting Fellow   In a world where so much research can be done by Google, where the online connections are so vast and facts seemingly immediately confirmed, there is still no substitute for being there. For me the reminder of this enduring truth came by way of…

Susan Ossman: On writing about expatriates

Friday, 25 October 2013 15:48 Written by
    On Writing About Expatriates   My book Moving Matters began as a reflection on my own experience of living in France, Morocco, the USA and the UK. Was I an immigrant? A nomad? A cosmopolitan? All of the above? Immigrants are portrayed as caught between two homelands: the…
  What is la rentrée littéraire?      In France the first weeks of September are of course synonymous with la rentrée - the end of summer holidays, going back to school and work, renewing memberships and all the little things that mark the beginning of a new academic year.…
  Remembering Yousuf Karsh      The Château Laurier Hotel, where the studio was on the 6th floor, and where the Karshes had their apartment.    On the day we closed the studio, we spent the day moving things out of the studio and into storage. We were dismantling things. The…

Anthony Flint: Deconstructing Le Corbusier

Monday, 30 September 2013 17:25 Written by
    Deconstructing Le Corbusier        Le Corbusier is widely recognized in Europe as one of the founding fathers of 20th century modern architecture. In France his legacy is honored not only by the Fondation Le Corbusier in the 16th arrondissement, but at Villa Savoye in Poissy, Nortre…
Anthony Flint, the recipient of the first American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship, will take up residence at the Library September 30 for several weeks of research, appearances, workshops, and interaction with the Library community.       Flint, a widely-published specialist on urban history and design, is at work…

A Visiting Fellowship at the Library

Monday, 23 September 2013 12:03 Written by
The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain a heritage as old as the Library itself – deepening French-American understanding.  The Visiting Fellowship offer writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating…

Robert Wilson: Exploring the history of photography

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:28 Written by
    Exploring the History of Photography        I was in college when I first saw a glass photographic negative. Boxes of them had been stored in the attic of a university building, and a young woman I knew, who was the university photographer, was cleaning and printing…

Story Hour: We Know Our ABCs and 123s!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:27 Written by
You'll often hear us signing the alphabet song at Story Hour, but did you know we had a whole Story Hour theme on ABCs and 123s? All the books were about counting and the alphabet! We laughed at the interrupting moose in one of our new favorites, Z is for…

Dinosaurs Galore!

Monday, 22 July 2013 14:00 Written by
If you heard roaring in the Children's Library recently, your ears weren't deceiving you. It was our Story Hour about dinosaurs! Eager participants aged 3-5 got their nametags and found a comfortable spot to sing, spell, and listen together to books about their favorite giant lizards. Some loved the bright…
"It was the absolute silence, nature completely indifferent to the city, desert under the streets and the road, and, circling the streets, the desert just waiting for the death of the city to recover it with eternal sands. I was suddenly invested with a terrible understanding of men and their…

And the YAFF 2013 winners are ....

Saturday, 22 June 2013 14:54 Written by
The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival, in collaboration with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Time Traveler Tours. The Fiction Festival aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
This year the Library is hosting three separate summer reading clubs - for children, teens and adults. Stop by anytime after 22 June to sign up for the reading club. This year, we’re encouraging everyone to read (or re-read) the timeless adventure story Peter Pan, as part of our One…
  Lan Samantha Chang teaching a class at the Iowa Writers' Workshop        What is your overall philosophy for teaching writing? What advice do you have for writers of all ages and experience? It's been helpful for me to look at each student and each manuscript as unique.…
    The Legacy of the Second Empire in Paris Today        Those of us who live in Paris are reminded daily of the city’s Second Empire legacy. Even if we are fuzzy on the dates, we know what a “Haussmannian” building is, we have some idea of the…