2021 Book Award Winner

Congratulations to Sudhir Hazareesingh for Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture, winner of the ninth annual American Library in Paris Book Award. Hazareesingh’s biography of the father of Haiti’s liberation “merits passionate consideration,” declared the jury in its citation for the 2021 prize. In accepting the award at a hybrid Library ceremony on 20 January 2022, Hazareesingh logged on from his native Mauritius to accept the prize and speak about the book. He will join our community in person this spring for a very special Evenings with an Author sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg event.

The Book Award is supported by a generous grant from the Florence Gould Foundation.

photo © Julien LB Photography Paris

Ann Patchett Shines at the Gala

On 19 May, the eve of the Library’s 102nd birthday, the Library community gathered at the Automobile Club de France. We spent the evening celebrating Library supporters and staff, Franco-American luminaries, and, of course, literature!

A warm thank you to all the speakers, ticket buyers, sponsors, and donors for making the event possible. And a grand merci to the Board of Trustees for their time and passionate support, and to the Library staff and volunteers who worked so hard on the Gala. Your support directly contributes to our mission and allows us to present over 300 events for readers of all ages, circulate 170,000 books, and serve a community of close to 5,000 members from 60 countries each year.

If you weren’t able to attend the Gala, but would like to make a donation, please click below:

photo: Ann Patchett, by Krystal Kenney

Diane Johnson at the Library

On 30 March, Evenings with an Author belonged to Diane Johnson, the novelist, essayist, and chairman of the Library’s Writers Council. Library donors were invited to celebrate Johnson’s new novel, Lorna Mott Comes Home, in a lively conversation with journalist Alan Riding.

If you’d like to be invited to special donor events such as this one, make a gift to the Library today!

We thank Gregory Annenberg Weingarten of GRoW @ Annenberg for supporting this and all our Evenings with an Author events.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 102nd year of service by donating today.

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(Hybrid) The Future of Reality with David Chalmers

July 5 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in-person and online*) to discuss Reality+ with philosopher David Chalmers  Click here to RSVP Is virtual reality separate from reality? Are our experiences in…

Story Hour: Terrific and Terrifying Tigers (Ages 3-5)

July 6 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

Story Hour: Terrific and Terrifying Tigers For ages 3–5 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour in a…

(Hybrid) Opening Doors in Architecture with Rahim Danto Barry

July 6 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Portes d'Afrique with architect and author Rahim Danto Barry Click here to RSVP Architect Rahim Danto Barry…

Toddler Time (ages 1–3)

July 7 @ 11 h 00 min - 11 h 30 min

Toddler Time for ages 1–3 This interactive program features songs, rhymes and stories in English for the very young. Books featured during our Toddler Time events…

Red, White, and Blue (ages 6–12)

July 9 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

Red, White, and Blue For ages 6–12 Join Children's and Teens' Services Librarian Kirsty and Front of House Assistant Pallas-Amenah for games and crafts in celebration…

Story Hour: Rad Raptiles (Ages 3-5)

July 13 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

Story Hour: Rad Reptiles For ages 3–5 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour in a small group!…

(Hybrid) Lara Marlowe on Love and War

July 13 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Love in a Time of War: My Years with Robert Fisk with American author and journalist Lara…

Mythology Madness (ages 6–12)

July 16 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

Mythology Madness For ages 6–12 Join Children's and Teens' Services Librarian Kirsty and Front of House Assistant Pallas-Amenah for games and crafts dedicated to mythology from…

Brownies and Bananagrams (ages 12–18)

July 16 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

Brownies and Bananagrams For ages 12–18   Enjoy homemade brownies and a game of Banagrams during this Saturday afternoon event! There's no need to be a…

Story Hour: Animals of the Safari (Ages 3-5)

July 20 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

Story Hour: Animals of the Safari For ages 3–5 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour in a…

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