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In David Lebovitz's Paris Kitchen

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00 Written by
David Lebovitz was interviewed by Library staff members Grant Rosenberg and Pauline Lemasson in his beautifully renovated Paris kitchen. What follows are excerpts of his remarks. On living in Paris for 10 years This is a very interesting time for Paris because they’ve accepted this wave of expats. When I…
What do you think are the most important steps to handwriting success? Many children, eager to begin writing and drawing, develop unusual grasping patterns because their little hands are not ready for such sophisticated writing tools. Giving young preschoolers lots of time to get ready for writing is important. Allowing…
Young authors all over the greater Paris area are writing furiously in preparation for the 2014 Young Authors’ Fiction Festival (YAFF), co-sponsored by Time Traveler Tours and the American Library in Paris.  The deadline for YAFF submissions is April 1st (no fooling!). Which means that many young Paris-based authors are…

Fans of fashion

Thursday, 27 February 2014 21:42 Written by
Fans of fashion   For those who can't make it to the catwalks during the 2014 Paris Fashion Week, the Library can provide inspiration for your fashion needs. As well as the most recent issues of Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar, we have some beautiful books that will inspire…
Repairing and unrepairing books Captain Louis H. Cohn, owner of The House of Books, a New York bookshop specializing in modern first editions, once loaned Ernest Hemingway a first edition of one of Hemingway’s own novels. When it came back Cohn commented to his wife, “look what he has done,…

Mavis Gallant remembered

Friday, 21 February 2014 14:33 Written by
Mavis Gallant remembered Mavis Gallant gave one of her last interviews to Granta, in February 2009, and the interview was conducted by the novelist Jhumpa Lahiri. She remembers the encounter in this New Yorker post. The two did a reading at the Village Voice bookshop at the time as well,…
Young authors all over the greater Paris area are sharpening their pencils and collecting story nuggets in their writing journals in preparation for the 2014 Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF), co-sponsored by Time Traveler Tours and the American Library in Paris.  The deadline for YAFF submissions is April 1st (no…

Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:15 Written by
Mavis Gallant1922 - 2014   Mavis Gallant, the brilliant Canadian writer of more than one hundred short stories published mainly in The New Yorker, died yesterday at her home in Paris at the age of 91. The New York Times obituary tells the story of her remarkable life, and The…
Young authors all over the greater Paris area are sharpening their pencils and collecting story nuggets in their writing journals in preparation for the 2014 Young Authors’ Fiction Festival (YAFF), co-sponsored by Time Traveler Tours and the American Library in Paris.  The deadline for YAFF submissions is April 1st (no…

The Caldecott and Newbery winners are in..

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:00 Written by
On Monday 27 January the American Library Association announced the winners of the most prestigious awards for American children's books: the Newbery and Caldecott medals, which are given annually to a children's novel and a children's picture book, respectively. You can read all of the past and present winners here…

Ann Mah: Reading and eating in Paris

Friday, 31 January 2014 12:42 Written by
 Reading and Eating in Paris   For me, the only thing better than eating in Paris is reading in Paris. Happily for us Anglophones, the City of Light offers a bevy of quirky, quaint and eclectic English-language bookshops, a veritable book lover's feast. But if you're anything like me, shopping…
    The Other Stories of GIs in France After Liberation    As I sat in the tiny room of a local archive in Le Havre, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Spread out in front of me on the wooden desk was a collection of angry letters, dated…
    On writing about French identity, shared culture and immigration     In my scholarly work I became interested some time ago in the way our society deals with the 'problem' of diversity. But it was only in moving to France a year ago that I realized that what…
Ever wondered what books get checked out the most at the American Library in Paris? Well, our circulation staff and librarians have compiled a list of the most checked out books of fiction from July 2013 to December 2013. It's another way for us to share with you the world…

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…