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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…

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…