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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…

Ann Saul: From The Cutting Room Floor

Monday, 29 April 2013 16:42 Written by
Pissarro's Places covers many of the cities, villages, and rural areas where Camille Pissarro painted. But one chapter had to be cut –one with a unique American twist--and no one but you will know the story of Pissarro in La Roche-Guyon. What drew artists to La Roche-Guyon becomes obvious on the…
  Emily Dickinson has haunted my life — her poems, her persona, all the tales abouther solitude. Ever since I discovered her in the seventh grade, I've had a crushon that spinster in white, who had such a heroic and startling inner landscape ofher own. "To shut one's eyes is…

Nancy Kricorian: Paris, City of Shadows

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 13:40 Written by
    Paris, City of Shadows        I visited Paris for the first time when I was a twenty-year-old college student. I can close my eyes and remember what the unfamiliar city looked like to me during this initial encounter—the orderliness of the public gardens with their gravel…
Les Enfants du Paradis:  An Appreciation of a Landmark Film in the History of French Cinema        I have always been enamored of French film – whether it’s the very early cinema of the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès or the Surrealistic and avant-garde films of the 1920s…
A Tale of Two Gardens: New York’s High Line & Its Parisian Muse, the Promenade Plantée       Photo by Annik La Farge I’m headed to Paris this week to give a talk at the American Library about the High Line. As my plane takes off, an important rite of…

Theasa Tuohy: A word on Vietnam

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:00 Written by
    For many the Vietnam War is no more than history. For those of us for whom it is a vivid memory, the 45th anniversary of the Tet Offensive this year is a time to wonder if we've learned any lessons from the war. After years being the thing…

A new prize at the Library

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:00 Written by
Here at the American Library, we’re struck by how many books are being published about France every day and by how many of their authors would like a chance to speak here. Judging from the international success of some of these books, you don’t have to be an expatriate or…

Winner of our first photo contest

Friday, 23 November 2012 00:00 Written by
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’d like to announce the winner of our first (Halloween-themed) photo contest: Gracie Dobson as Apple Dumplin’. As told to us by Gracie’s representative, Apple Dumplin’ is one of Strawberry Shortcake’s friends. Gracie’s grandmother made the costume for her, and Gracie loves seeing herself dressed up in…
by Karolina Stefanski The American Library in Paris’ Wednesday, November 14th Evening with an Author proved to be a memorable event. The European launch of Dr. Michael Connors’ book The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors was well attended by an international crowd, which included not only…