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Hot New Reads for Summer 2015

Thursday, 18 June 2015 14:56 Written by
Twelve exciting new titles published this year Here's a list of hot new books that have recently been or will soon be entered into the Library collections. Come check them out and see what the buzz is about! The Sellout, by Paul BeattyA novel satirizing American race relations and leaving…

Library Culture Picks: September 2015

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:46 Written by
The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city for the month of September. 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…

And the winners of the 2015 YAFF are...

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 22:37 Written by
And the 2015 YAFF winners are... The 2015 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 5 June 2015. Over 220 people attended the celebration event, including the young author finalists, parents and teachers. Each finalist was awarded a certificate and many of them also received a bookmark…

Books coming to a theatre soon...

Monday, 01 June 2015 15:00 Written by
 Books becoming movies It's been said that 2015 was a great year for movie adaptations from books. From Still Alice (by Lisa Genova) to The Mortdecai Trilogy (by Kyril Bonfiglioli) to Child 44 (by Tom Rob Smith), there was no shortage of books becoming movies. Now that summer is almost…

The Library in 95 tweets

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 22:24 Written by
The American Library in Paris was founded on 20 May 1920 with a core collection of books sent over by the American Library Association Library War Service to the doughboys fighting in the trenches during World War I.  To celebrate our 95th year (to the day), Library staff and volunteers…

Library Culture Picks: June 2015

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:18 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 articles that can…

Library Culture Picks: May 2015

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:31 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 articles that can…

Teen Author Smash Review

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:09 Written by
 Our Teen Author Smash was a success! OK we might be a bit biased but we think everyone who attended enjoyed the evening. Our staff, volunteers and the 24 authors who participated certainly did. In total about 100 people were packed into our Reading Room for the event and if…

What we're reading right now...

Friday, 17 April 2015 15:07 Written by
Some books we are enjoying right now Surrounded by books all day, Library staff and volunteers are always reading. After being asked countless times what books we are reading, we've decided to dedicate a little area by New Books to display books that we've read and would like to recommend.…
Reading nominees of the 2015 International Man Booker Prize In anticipation for the announcement of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, the Library has put together a booklist for each of the ten nominated writers for the Prize. The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her…

To hoard or to tidy up?

Thursday, 02 April 2015 15:55 Written by
To hoard or to tidy up...that is the question Browsing in the Library can lead to serendipitous discoveries, as can working in the Library. In the Collections Department, we unpacked these two new books this week, and wonder if our library supplier grouped them together on purpose. With spring cleaning…
Reading Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman The Library will welcome two distinguished American novelists, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, as the guests of honor and speakers at the 2015 Gala Dinner on Tuesday 26 May at the Automobile Club de France. The evening offers a chance to showcase the entire…

Say it, spell it, say it

Friday, 20 March 2015 10:09 Written by
2015 Paris Spelling Bee Twenty-one finalists from the fourth to sixth grades (CM1-6ème) competed in the seventh annual Paris Spelling Bee at the American Library in Paris on Sunday 15 March 2015. In the 24th round, fourth-grader Riti Adrija Nalukurti took the top prize by spelling composition correctly, after successfully…

Malcolm X in the stacks

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:47 Written by
Malcolm X in the stacks It's been 50 years since Malcolm X was assassinated on 21 February 1965. On this occasion, France Ô created a documentary entitled Malcolm X, aux noms de l'identité noire, which aired on 25 February 2015. You can watch the video here through a link on…

Celebrating Teenage Authors

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:32 Written by
Teenage Authors There are many authors who wrote in their teens. Check out what they wrote! In the Forests of the Night (1999) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (first published at age 14) Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and…
Enjoying books about ... books At the Library, we're a community of bibliophiles. What better way to honor our shared passion than highlighting books in our collection that...highlight books? We've been collecting books on libraries, publishing, the joys of reading, and the joys (and frustrations) of writing for many years.…

Sweets for the sweet

Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:17 Written by
Sweets for the sweet... Everyone seems to have a different opinion about how best to spend Valentine's Day. There are certainly enough prix-fixe menus for this special day in restaurants all around Paris, like everywhere else on that day. For those who prefer to not dine with other date-night couples…
Writing tips & tricks to help you submit for the Young Authors Fiction Festival It’s creative writing season again! The Library encourages young authors all over the greater Paris area to sharpen their pencils (or put their fingers to the keyboard) and prepare to submit an original story to the…
Dare to have a dream: books to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy on his birthday, we have put together a list of recommended books about Dr. King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement to remind us all of the importance of fighting for…

15 books we can't wait to read in 2015 (Part 2)

Friday, 09 January 2015 13:58 Written by
15 new books we can't wait to read in 2015 (part 2) Here is a short list of the books (part 2 of 2) that we are most excited about reading in the coming months. Be sure to check back soon and get these books on your reading list. Happy…