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2016 YAFF 3rd Place story by Thomas Ravel (3rd grade/CE2) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
2016 YAFF 1st Place story by James Taoutaou (6th grade/6ème) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…

Library staff summer reading lists

Monday, 04 July 2016 22:17 Written by
What Library staff is reading and recommending With the Library closed for renovation, the Library staff, like many of our members, gathered many books that they wanted to read over the summer holidays. Here are the reading lists of some Library staff members who will be enjoying these books from…

Other libraries we love

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 22:05 Written by
Libraries we love to work in (while ours is being renovated) While the Library is being renovated, the staff had to get creative about finding other libraries and co-working spaces to meet and get things done. Some of the staff and interns went to the Mediatheque Francoise Sagan in the…
Megan Mayhew Bergman on natural farming and sustainability Join Library Visiting Fellow Megan Mayhew Bergman on Wednesday 20 April at 10h00 in a discussion about the way literature intersects with activism, particularly as it relates to natural farming and sustainability. She'll discuss her own daily life on a small farm…

Some books we're enjoying right now

Monday, 14 March 2016 11:26 Written by
What Library staff is reading and recommending Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteers. For more staff recommendations, check regularly our display near the Graphic Novels section at the front of the Library. The Science of Fear by Daniel Gardner(recommended by )I highly recommend this book…

New fiction, biographies and travel

Friday, 26 February 2016 12:19 Written by
New books have arrived! The arrival of new books at the Library is always highly anticipated. Our recent additions in both fiction and non-fiction center on the expatriate experience: The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee about American expatriates in Hong Kong; In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, her first work…

Library staff on "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 12:08 Written by
Library staff on To Kill a Mockingbird The Library staff honors the legacy of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by telling the stories of when we first read the book. --------------- I actually don't think I ever read it in school or read it as a child, although…

2015 YAFF story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème)

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:03 Written by
2015 YAFF winning story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft…

Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition

Monday, 01 February 2016 21:52 Written by
Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition The Library is pleased to present a collection of books and poetry in conjunction with the exhibition Black Man Abroad: The Poetic Life of James A. Emanuel from 16 February to 3 April 2016. Included in this collection are some of Emanuel's early…

In Memoriam: David Bowie's Top Books

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:13 Written by
David Bowie's Top Reads David Bowie's list of his top 100 books was published in 2013 and includes some banned classics (1984, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, Lady Chatterly's Lover, As I Lay Dying), key musical texts by John Cage and Charlie Gillete, and seminal writings by Richard Wright and James…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How about these books for your summer reading?

Thursday, 30 July 2015 13:23 Written by
Some books we are enjoying right now Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteer to take with you on your summer holidays. For more staff recommendations, check regularly our display near the New Books section at the Library. Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John…

10 Book Challenge for teens

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:15 Written by
10 Book Challenge for Teens The Library is organizing a 10 Book Challenge for our teens as part of the Summer Reading Program. From 20 June to 18 September, win a brand new book for every challenge completed. To participate, fill out a rating card and turn it in at…

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…
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