Thoughts off the Top

Lindsey Tramuta on the new Paris

Thursday, 04 May 2017 21:33 Written by
What's behind the new Paris? Library staff recently asked Lindsey Tramuta, the creator of Lost in Cheeseland and the author of The New Paris: The People, Places, & Ideas Fueling a Movement, a few questions about why Paris is experiencing a boost in creative energy, especially in the arena of…

The American influence on French libraries

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:43 Written by
The American influence on French libraries As an American living in France, I take it for granted that my local French public library is set up just like my childhood library back in upstate New York. Books on open shelves, arranged by Dewey Decimal call number; a catalog searchable by author,…
Visiting Fellow Jacqueline Woodson has written a reflection for the Library on her time in Paris so far and her speaking engagements here.   A Moment, Please In the poem, A Moment, Please, by Samuel Allen (aka Paul Vesey), the poet speaks of going into the subway for ‘change of…
Commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI and the ALA Library War Service With the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI on 6 April 2017, the Library would also like to commemorate the centennial of the Library War Service of the American Library Association (ALA), of whose…

Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book

Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:52 Written by
Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shared the books he's reading now and those he enjoyed as a child in a recent New York Times article. He calls the stack of books next his bed the "leaning pile of guilt." And he reveals that…
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…
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