Library Blog

Marjorie Williams on Markets

Monday, 24 September 2012 07:47 Written by
What’s your favorite food memory from the markets of Paris? Maybe yours is as recent as this morning, or last Thursday, or perhaps decades ago. My own favorite food memory goes back to January 23, 2011. As intense memories go, I remember not only the date but also the weather,…

A talk with Sabine Jaccard

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:12 Written by
The Library is pleased to interview photographer Sabine Jaccard about her Art on View: All the world’s a stage exhibition now at the Library through September 2, 2012. Sabine Jaccard, what do you think inspired you to pick up the camera and take pictures at the age of 9? At…

A Summer Rubik’s Cube

Saturday, 30 June 2012 07:00 Written by
This summer the American Library will be rectifying a longstanding peculiarity in the way its book collections are physically arranged. For years, even decades, the Library’s biography, mystery, art, and fiction collections each have been divided – partly on the mezzanine and partly on the ground floor, under no useful…
Christopher Tilghman is the author of two collections of stories and three novels, the most recent of which is The Right-Hand Shore. He will speak at the Library with Caroline Preston on June 26. Last week I ran into a friend of mine in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, where I live…
Caroline Preston is the author of four novels and lives with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, in Charlottesville, Virginia. They will be reading at The American Library on June 26 at 7:30. In Woody Allen’s recent movie Midnight In Paris, an American writer Gil (played by Own Wilson) has…

Recommended Reads from Library Teens

Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:28 Written by
Now that school is coming to an end, you've finally time to pick up a fun read and head to the beach/park/airport. We've got a few suggestions for good YA reads recommended by  some of our teen members. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer Reviewed and recommended by teen volunteer Gabriela Griffith…

In Case You Missed It

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:14 Written by
The Village Voice bookshop held a memorial on Saturday evening, anticipating thestore’s closure on July 31. In her address to the sea of writers, readers, and supporters who came to pay the shop tribute, proprieter Odile Hellier named the tone of the evening, declaring it a “celebration of books and…

Dryansky on Decadence

Monday, 18 June 2012 15:25 Written by
Gerry Dryansky, the longtime Senior European person for Condé Traveler and author of six novels—three of which with his wife, Joanne-- has been living and writing in Paris, he allows, “for longer than most people have been on earth.” He holds degrees from Princeton, Harvard, and the Columbia Graduate School…

And the YAFF 2012 winners are ....

Monday, 11 June 2012 23:00 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…
Avis Cardella is the author of ‘Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict’. She has written over 200 feature articles, essays and news stories for British Vogue, American Photo, WSJ.com, Oprah.com, Quest,Surface, and Glamour UK among other publications. She lives in Paris with her husband. I have a persistent nightmare that…
Laurel Zuckerman is the editor of Best Paris Stories, a new anthology of short stories about our fair city. She is the author of Sorbonne Confidential and Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie. Her essays and interviews have appeared in Le Point, Le Monde, Le Monde de l'Education, The Guardian,…

Adieu, Village Voice

Friday, 11 May 2012 10:23 Written by
Paris book lovers will be chagrined to hear the news that The Village Voice Bookshop will close its doors on July 31. In a letter to friends and patrons, founder and owner Odile Hellier cites the reasons – reasons which will surprise no one who follows trends in publishing and…

New Historical Fiction for Kids

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:56 Written by
John, Paul, George & Ben: Written and illustrated by Lane Smith Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to introduce your child to the United States of America’s founding fathers, then look no further.  John, Paul, George & Ben is…

David Herlihy on bicycle history

Monday, 07 May 2012 14:46 Written by
David V. Herlihy is the author of The Lost Cyclist and Bicycle: The History, winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science. A leading authority in his field, he has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and newspaper personalities in the U.S. and abroad, and his…
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet is a true to life tale about friendship and the trials and tribulations of auditioning and performing in a ballet.  Nancy and her…

A Jesuit Sleuth in 17th Century Paris

Monday, 30 April 2012 13:48 Written by
A Jesuit Sleuth in 17th Century Paris Paris has long been famous as the home of expatriots. Sometimes, as I write my Charles du Luc historical mystery series, I think of myself as an expatriot in time. So much so, that when the wonderful invitation to speak at the American…

Go Green for Earth Day!

Friday, 20 April 2012 17:45 Written by
Let the Lorax help you introduce your kids to being green, while Lane Smith reminds us just how wonderful nature can be. Scroll down for a few other recommended reads and links to a some great green ideas for children on Earth Day or any day. Grandpa Green by Lane…

Just in: Beginning Chapter Books

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:13 Written by
Ling and Ting, by Grace Lin Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Sarah Grandin Ling and Ting are twin girls, but as the subtitle of the book states, they are "Not Exactly the Same." After reading the book to Lucy, age 6, I asked her how she thought the two were…

Lily Tuck: How to learn through writing

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:40 Written by
Born in Paris, Lily Tuck is the author of four previous novels: Interviewing Matisse, or the Woman Who Died Standing Up; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; and The News from Paraguay,…

Marilyn Waite on Earth Day

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:52 Written by
Marilyn Waite has worked, studied and researched in over eight countries across four continents. She has implemented water and sanitation projects in rural Madagascar, led task forces to decrease reagent use in the spent fuel recycling process, as well as authored numerous publications in sustainable engineering topics (textile engineering, energy,…