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Monday, 05 December 2016 22:29

Gala Dinner 2017

The 2017 Annual Gala: Stacy Schiff

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The Library is pleased to announce that Stacy Schiff, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, will be the guest of honor and principal speaker at 2017 Gala Dinner.

The dinner, the Library's principal fundraising event of the year, will take place on Tuesday 23 May at the Automobile Club de France.

Schiff's most recent book is the The Witches: Salem, 1692, about which historian David McCulloch says: "History in the hands of Stacy Schiff is invariably full of life, light, shadow, surprise, clarity of insight, and so it is again and then some in her latest work." Patricia Cornwell writes: "The Witches is a must read for anyone intrigued by this baffling and horrifying chapter in America's Puritan past. What Schiff uncovers is mesmerizing and shocking. Her meticulous research and lyrical writing lay bare an injustice that we should never forget--lest we repeat it." Here is an interview with Schiff

Cleopatra: A Life was Schiff's previous book, about which biographer Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) said: "Even if forced to at gunpoint, Stacy Schiff would be incapable of writing a dull page or a lame sentence. Here she trains her satirical eye and sterling erudition on Cleopatra, rescuing her from the shopworn myths that have encrusted her story from Plutarch to Shakespeare to Joseph L. Mankiewicz. ... Cleopatra emerges as much more than the voluptuous seductress of legend and comes across as a shrewd, cunning, and highly competitive monarch who knew how to thrive in a Mediterranean world of savage politics." 

Stacy Schiff, dubbed by Vanity Fair as "the hottest biographer in the block," is also the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, a Pulitzer Prize finalist about the French aviator and writer; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français de l'Amérique. 

Born in 1961, Schiff is a graduate of Phillips Academy and Williams College. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. 

For more information or for advance reservations to the Gala Dinner, please see the 2017 Gala Invite and Reply Card.

For questions, please contact development manager Krista Faurie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sunday, 11 September 2016 00:05

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:53

Gala Dinner 2016

The 2016 Annual Gala: John Irving

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The 2016 Annual Gala Dinner took place on Tuesday 17 May at the Automobile Club de France with guest of honor John Irving, one of America’s best-loved and best-selling novelists. 

John Irving, who was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, is the author of fifteen novels, including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, and In One Person. His latest novel, Avenue of Mysteries, was published in the U.S. last fall and will appear in French translation in May from Editions du Seuil.

Five of Irving’s novels have been turned into feature films, and Irving’s own screen adaptation of The Cider House Rules won him an Academy Award. His work has been published in more than thirty languages, and he is especially popular among French readers. 

The gala dinner is the Library’s principal fundraising event of the year, drawing more than 200 members and supporters to an evening celebration of writers and libraries. The setting for the dinner in recent years has been the Automobile Club’s vast high-ceilinged library in an 18th-century building on place de la Concorde.

Friday, 09 January 2015 13:32

Gala Dinner 2015

The 2015 Annual Gala: Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

The American Library in Paris Gala Dinner took place on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at the Automobile Club de Paris. Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman entertained more than 230 guests at the 2015 Gala Dinner with a lively routine about the literary life of two accomplished writers and their four children under one roof in Berkeley, California. Writers were, as always, numerous in attendance. Theyincluded, in addition to the guests of honor, Diane Johnson, chairman of the Library’s Writers Council, Alice Kaplan, chairman of the 2014 jury for the Library Book Award, as well as novelist and memoirist Michael Mewshaw, author Pamela Druckerman, novelist Mary Fleming, photojournalist John Godfrey Morris, biographer Sophie-Caroline de Margerie, teen author Amy Plum, filmmaker Whit Stillman, fashion journalist Dana Thomas, and Shakespeare and Co. proprietor Sylvia Whitman.

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Michael Chabon is one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was written as a PhD thesis, submitted to a publisher by his professor without his knowledge, drew a six-figure advance and catapulted him to literary celebrity when he was 25. His succeeding and each quite different novels include Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 2001, Summerland, The Final Solution, Gentlemen of the Road, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and most recently, Telegraph Avenue. Though it begs to be pronounced as a French word, Chabon is pronounced, in his words: "Shea as in Shea Stadium, Bon as in Bon Jovi" -- in other words, Shay-bahn.

Ayelet Waldman, who has been married to Chabon since 1991, is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,  which was adapted into a film called The Other Woman, starring Natalie Portman. Waldman is best known for her controversial New York Times nonfiction bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. A graduate of Wesleyan University and George Washington University Law School, Waldman was a public defender before turning to a writing career, first as the author of a series called “Mommy-Track Mysteries.”

Chabon’s non-fiction work includes Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son. Upon its publication in 2007, Entertainment Weekly declared Chabon and Waldman, "a famous — and famously in love — writing pair, like Nick and Nora Charles with word processors and not so much booze."

For a photo gallery of the 2015 Gala Dinner with Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, please check the Library Flickr. For a list of books by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in the Library collection, check out our blog. More information about both authors are also on Pinterest

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:04

Gabriel García Márquez remembered

Gabriel García Márquez remembered

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The literary titan and Nobel Prize recipient Gabriel García Márquez passed away in Mexico City on Thursday 17 April 2014 at the age of 87. Read The New York Times' obituary, as well as coverage in The New Yorker.

A selection of the Library's collection of García Márquez's books, as well as biographies about him, are on special display near the front entrance for the next few days.

 

Friday, 21 February 2014 14:33

Mavis Gallant remembered

Mavis Gallant remembered

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Mavis Gallant gave one of her last interviews to Granta, in February 2009, and the interview was conducted by the novelist Jhumpa Lahiri. She remembers the encounter in this New Yorker post. The two did a reading at the Village Voice bookshop at the time as well, and video of that event can be viewed on the Granta website here.

The Library's collection of Mavis Gallant books, as well as original New Yorkers where her stories appeared, are on special display near the front entrance for a few weeks.

 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:15

Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014

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Mavis Gallant, the brilliant Canadian writer of more than one hundred short stories published mainly in The New Yorker, died yesterday at her home in Paris at the age of 91. The New York Times obituary tells the story of her remarkable life, and The New Yorker's notice links to many of her stories. Her 1996 interview in The Paris Review is here.

Gallant served as a member of the American Library in Paris Writers Council and last appeared at a Library function in 2008, at the gala dinner featuring Adam Gopnik. They are pictured here together in a photo by David Bacher. Says Diane Johnson, "the Writers Council of the American Library in Paris mourns the loss of our loved and admired colleague Mavis Gallant, whose magical and magisterial writing will live indefinitely; her human presence cannot be replaced."

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Monday, 03 February 2014 21:11

Gala Dinner 2014

The 2014 Annual Gala: Antony Beevor

BeevorAntony Beevor, the eminent historian of World War II, was the honoree and principal speaker at the 2014 American Library in Paris gala dinner. 

The 2014 Gala Dinner took place in the historic library of the Automobile Club de France on Place de La Concorde on the evening of Monday 26 May 2014.

Antony Beevor’s most recent book is The Second World War, translated into more than 20 languages and a no. 1 bestseller in Britain. His other notable works include D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, winner of the Prix Henri Malherbe in France; Stalingrad, winner of the Samuel Johnson prize for nonfiction; Berlin – The Downfall 1945; Creet – The Battle and the Resistance; and Paris After the Liberation: 1944-1949, written with his wife, Artemis Cooper, the writer and historian. Beevor is also renowned as the author of the standard English-language history of the Spanish Civil War, The Battle for Spain. In addition to ten works of nonfiction, Beevor has written and published four novels.

Beevor was born in London in 1946. He was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under the great military historian John Keegan.  He served as an officer with the 11th Hussars in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission to write full- time. He is today a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper were made Chevaliers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997.

The annual gala dinner gathers 200 enthusiastic supporters of the American Library in Paris, including French and American authors, for an evening of celebrating books and libraries and the chance to hear from distinguished literary figures. Immediate past honorees at the annual gala, the Library’s principal fundraiser of the year, were: Joyce Carol Oates, Sebastian Faulks, Scott Turow, Christopher Buckley, Laurent de Brunhoff, Adam Gopnik, and Antonia Fraser.

For photos from the 2014 Gala, please visit the Library on Flickr.

You can find more information about Antony Beevor and his writing on the Library’s Pinterest board.

 

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:03

Visiting Fellowship

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