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"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…

For aspiring young artists...

Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00 Written by
How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas and How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids Published by Usborne Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Usborne has published two instructive books entitled How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas and How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids, that provide a clear, step by step…

About a Story

Monday, 12 November 2012 00:00 Written by
By Carmen Bugan What does a children’s story have to do with secret police documents evidencing someone’s crime against a regime? And what does the story mean twenty seven years after you first copied it from the book, marvelling at the noise, the smell, and the neat letter marks of…

Learn to read and write with our favorite new pup!

Saturday, 10 November 2012 00:00 Written by
Rocket Learns to Read by Tad Hills Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer, Carole Black Rocket Writes a Story is Tad Hills' second  story about Rocket, a loveable  puppy who learns about letters, sounding out words, sharing ideas and reading stories with his chirpy encouraging teacher, the little yellow bird. Having…
By Donna Zilkha Director of College and International Services at Aristotle Circle When I lived in France, most expats, including fellow ALP board members, would talk about “playing the French Card” when applying to schools in the US. “The French Card” can mean either a French national applying to schools…

Halloween Photo Contest!

Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00 Written by
We're having our first photo contest ever! Since it's Halloween this week, we want to know what ghouls and goblins are reading. Take a picture of yourself reading in your costume-- extra points for clever book choice and location! Submit the best photo and win a pumpkin from the American…

Meet Champ

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:31 Written by
A little over a month ago, a very curious young patron asked for all the books we have in the Children's Library about hamsters. "I'm going to get a hamster for my birthday," he said "and I need to know how to take care of one." He ended up taking…