Library Blog

Solace at the table

Sunday, 21 March 2010 15:46 Written by
Paula Butturini, who will be speaking about her new memoir Wednesday evening at the Library, got a powerful rave in the New York Times Book Review this morning. Reviewer Mika Brzezinski says “ ‘Keeping the Feast’ shares with Julie Powell's 'Julie & Julia' and Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat, Pray, Love' the…

Reality bites

Saturday, 20 March 2010 11:07 Written by
Non-fiction gets no respect as literature. And it should. “The genre emits a whiff of the déclassé, served (especially in literature departments) with a garnish of condescension.The problem starts with the word: Like ‘childless’ (why not ‘child-free’?), ‘nonfiction’ packs a lot of social judgment. Nonfiction may be real, but in…

R.S.V.P.? R.V.O.M!

Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:27 Written by
Rand Richards Cooper, writing on the op-edit page of the IHT yesterday, confronts a vexing contemporary social problem. Two responses are necessary: (1) Right on! (2) Mea culpa.

St. Patrick's Day puzzle

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:43 Written by
Michael Dirda, the Washington Post book critic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, asks: “How is it that this small island has produced so many great modern writers? One might even make the case that all the greatest 20th century writers in every genre were Irish: W.B. Yeats…

'Reading is changing wildly'

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:42 Written by
Frances Gendlin, a writer who served on the board of trustees of the Library a few years ago, has been living more recently in Mexico – but thinking enough about her former haunts to write and publish a new book, the fictional Paris, Moi, and the Gang: A Memoir…of Sorts.…

Through the backstage door

Monday, 15 March 2010 23:00 Written by
A note to our youth librarian, Helen Géhin, from Library member Brita Long: "I want to thank you again for organizing Kathryn Lasky's visit the other week. Orla and I both really enjoyed her talk. "I finished Dancing Through Fire yesterday and loved it. Inspired by Degas' famous painting "L'Etoile,"…

Joyful noise

Sunday, 14 March 2010 16:02 Written by
A great open house at the Library Saturday, with lots of newcomers looking around (and joining!), the children's department alive with a book group and much more, and then the sublime sounds of the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus from Yale (pictured in full voice at right in the Reading…

Susan Sontag in Paris

Sunday, 14 March 2010 23:00 Written by
[caption id="attachment_156" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Susan Sontag"][/caption] Alice Kaplan’s memoir of her embrace of the French language, “French Lessons,” is a beloved classic. She has continued to write books of history that explore her deep interests in justice and postwar France. Now a professor of French at Yale, Kaplan is at…

How is that pronoun-ced?

Saturday, 13 March 2010 13:25 Written by
“One doesn’t have to be a psycholinguist to obsess over pronouns,” writes Jessica Love in the spring issue of The American Scholar. But it surely helps. This strangely absorbing essay, by a Ph.D. candidate in cognitive psychology at Ohio State University, will appeal to grammarians and anyone interested in the…

The doors are open

Thursday, 11 March 2010 18:34 Written by
Two or three times a year the Library opens its doors to give those who don’t know us already a chance to look around and kick the tires. This Saturday 13 March non-members (and members, of course) are invited to the Open House to partake in: • All manner of…

'Kitchen Chinese': A role reversal

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:03 Written by
As the programs manager for the American Library in Paris, I'm used to organizing author talks, not giving them. But when I published my first novel last month, I found myself on the other side of the fence. My book tour in the States had lots of highs (seeing old…

Librarians or cybrarians?

Monday, 08 March 2010 11:48 Written by
In a New York Times review of 'This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All," by Marylin Johnson, reviewer Pagan Kennedy writes that Johnson "cheerleads for these Brave New Librarians, championing the efficiency of online searches and digitized archives. And yet, without meaning to, her book…

First Sunday at the Library

Sunday, 07 March 2010 12:50 Written by
Sunday 7 March, 12h58: Matthew and Jack Jourlait become the first customers for the Library's new Sunday opening hours (13h00-19h00). Matthew (left) and Jack Jourlait stand by as Anita Castanho, the new Sunday circulation assistant, opens the doors. The young men headed straight to the mystery section.

Browser: An introduction

Sunday, 07 March 2010 13:42 Written by
Welcome to Browser, the new blog of the American Library in Paris. We hope these offerings – about books (and e-books), magazines, libraries, this Library, the information age, bookstores, authors, expatriate life, the French-American relationship, and much more -- will provide food for thought, grist for the mill, windows on…

November Holiday Closure

Sunday, 01 March 2009 21:57 Written by
The Library will be closed on Thursday 1 November for All Saint's Day (Toussaint) and Sunday 11 November for Armistice Day (Armistice 1918). For directions to the Library and other holiday closures, visit our Location and Hours page.
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