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Library Culture Picks: December 2015

Monday, 07 December 2015 10:25 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened recently in the city, December is a month that glitters and gleams in Paris, from the elaborate window displays of the grands magasins to…

We've got the NYTimes 10 Best Books of 2015

Saturday, 05 December 2015 15:18 Written by
The 10 Best Books of 2015 The New York Times Book Review editors have selected their 10 best books of 2015, and the Library is pleased to have all of them (one is on order right now) in our collection. Our reference and collections managers Abigal Altman and Audrey Chapuis,…

Some books we're enjoying right now

Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:42 Written by
Some books we are enjoying right now Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteers to start off your holiday season. For more staff recommendations, check regularly our display near the Graphic Novels section at the front of the Library. The Road Not Taken: Finding America in…

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris

Monday, 23 November 2015 22:09 Written by
Thanksgiving at Café de Mars For Americans living in Paris, it's hard to tell that Thanksgiving is coming up real soon. There aren't any big turkeys (yet) at the butcher and we don't get a long holiday weekend. Still, we imagine that many of the Library's American members and guests are…

Helping children cope with anxiety

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:31 Written by
In response to the tragic events in Paris this past weekend, the Library staff has asked crisis counselor Keri Hicks for permission to repost these tips from her blog on how to help your children and teens cope with anxiety and terror. For those of you who would like more…
The secret life of librarians Circulation assistant Eric Hengesbaugh recently returned from a vacation trip to California under unexpected conditions. An avid mountain climber, Eric sustained serious injuries from a 40-foot (12-meter) fall at the start of a climbing trip in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. His climbing team had received…

A message from the director

Monday, 16 November 2015 17:45 Written by
Dear friends and members of the American Library: Like all Parisians, the expatriates and others who make up our Library community are feeling shock and grief after the events of last Friday. Please know that our staff and volunteers are safe. All of us on the rue du Général Camou…

So thankful for Halloween!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 09:27 Written by
Thank you for a great Halloween! This year the Library welcomed hundreds of guests for our annual Halloween Extravaganza on 31 October! Eric the Macigian, Matt Black and Kids&Us joined us to perform at our children's parties during the day and then at dusk Liv Barrell of Paris As You…

Library Culture Picks: November 2015

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 09:08 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. The month of November is known in Paris for Paris Photo, now in its 19th edition. Over 147 leading galleries from 34 countries will be featured this year at…

New cookbooks for you to savor

Monday, 26 October 2015 12:14 Written by
New cookbooks to savor... As the days get shorter and cooler, our thoughts turn to the pending holiday season and all the cooking and entertaining that people tend to do during this festive time. The Library is pleased to feature four highly anticipated cookbooks for every culinary whim and occasion.…

A Library cameo in the new Sebastian Faulks

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 10:17 Written by
A Library cameo in the new Sebastian Faulks The latest novel by Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used to Beat, has a narrator who passes through Paris and recalls "During a conference in Paris in the seventies, I had been introduced to the American Library in rue du General Camou.…

On writing Lolita

Monday, 05 October 2015 14:28 Written by
On writing Lolita Vladimir Nabokov wrote his famous novel as he was touring the U.S. with his wife Véra to research butterflies in their natural environment. This is why motels, highways, and small-town America are so vividly portrayed in the book. He began writing Lolita in 1948, but started submitting…

La rentrée 2015: Mysteries

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:42 Written by
Great new mysteries and thriller titles The Library is thrilled to welcome these new titles of mystery coming very soon to our collection. You can place a request hold on these books even before they arrive into our collection, so check them out now! Be reminded that new releases can…

A MacArthur "genius" grant to Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:04 Written by
A MacArthur "genius" grant to Ta-Nehisi Coates Congratulations to the Library's winter 2015 Visiting Fellow, Ta-Nehisi Coates, for winning one of the coveted MacArthur Foundation "genius" awards on the strength of his extraordinary success with this year's most important American book, Between the World and Me. Here's a provocative new…

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 Shortlist

Monday, 28 September 2015 14:54 Written by
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 Shortlist The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The shortlist was announced on 15 September and the Library is pleased to have all of the shortlisted books in our collection. These books…

La rentrée 2015: Fiction

Monday, 14 September 2015 22:51 Written by
Great new fiction titles The Library is thrilled to welcome these new titles of fiction coming very soon to our collection. You can place a request hold on these books even before they arrive into our collection, so check them out now! Be reminded that new releases can now be…

La rentrée 2015: Graphic Novels

Sunday, 06 September 2015 15:59 Written by
Great new graphic novels The Library has recently acquired some great new graphic novels, just in time for la rentrée! Come check them out in the new location for graphic novels next to the cookbooks at the front of the Library.  Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli Beautiful Darkness by Fabien…

Remembering William Jay Smith (1918-2015)

Monday, 24 August 2015 15:22 Written by
William Jay Smith (1918-2015) The American Library in Paris has lost a great friend of long standing, the celebrated American poet and part-time Parisian William Jay Smith, who died 18 August at the age of 97 in Lenox, Massachusetts. William Jay Smith was the author of more than fifty books…

Library Culture Picks: October 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:32 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. These events include exhibitions, performances, food events, talks and conferences in Paris and close suburbs. For our Library members, we will also be recommending books and other resources that…

Say goodbye to summer with shorts

Monday, 17 August 2015 23:08 Written by
Summer shorts Summer days will soon be coming to an end, and the time to read that long novel or biography may become more scarce. We encourage you to enjoy what remains of summer (and your leisure reading time) with these excellent short story collections. However short on words, a…