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From the James A. Emanuel Special Collection

Haki R. Madhubuti, formerly Don L. Lee, is one of the most prominent figures in Black American literature of the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Little Rock, raised in Detroit, and currently living in Chicago, Madhubuti was deeply influenced by fellow poet Gwendolyn Brooks. He went on to develop his own style of candid free verse and advanced the Black Arts Movement as a poet, essayist, editor, publisher, and educator. He became a founder of Third World Press in 1967, one of the oldest, independent Black-owned presses in the United States. Correspondence between Madhubuti and American Library in Paris member and fellow poet James A. Emanuel underscores Madhubuti’s passion for Black latitude in literature.

Pictured, from the Library’s James A. Emanuel Special Collection: Black Words that Say: Don’t Cry, Scream (1969) by Don L. Lee (Broadside Press), inscribed: “To brother James: Hope you will continue to move into a black righteous direction. My brother in blackness and love Don L. Lee.”

Once among the oldest residents of the Black American expatriate “colony” in Paris and a member of the Library, James Emanuel developed relationships with some of the most notable names in literature. The American Library in Paris was graciously gifted the James A. Emanuel Special Collection, an assemblage of rich artefacts and correspondence and a testimony to the uplift and self-determination shared between Black authors. This year, for Black History Month, the American Library in Paris celebrates Emanuel’s legacy and the community he cultivated throughout his life.

2020 Book Award Winner: Maggie Paxson for The Plateau

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of the 2020 American Library in Paris Book Award. Congratulations to Maggie Paxson for The Plateau. Paxson’s book is described by the Book Award jury as “a work of moral imagination, literary skill, depth, breadth, and passion [that] explores a small pocket of rural Southwest France, the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, whose community took in Jewish refugees from the 1930s through the Holocaust and which today houses one of France’s few centers for asylum seekers.” To watch the Book Award ceremony and hear Paxson’s moving and timely acceptance speech, check out the Library’s YouTube channel.

The Book Award ceremony is the Library’s most significant donor appreciation event of the year. If you haven’t donated this year and you would like to join the hundreds of supporters who have made a contribution in 2020, please use the donate button on this page.

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

Evenings with an Author, sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg

The Library is proud to announce that GRoW @ Annenberg is the official sponsor of our Evenings with an Author series.

Announced during our Century Gala, this generous sponsorship will allow the Library to continue providing readings, lectures, panels, and other literary events free to the public for the next five years. For information on upcoming Evenings, please scroll down the homepage or visit the website calendar.

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Read-a-Thon (all ages)

February 13 - February 28

The American Library in Paris and Message Paris are organizing a Read-A-Thon to encourage vacation reading, and raise funds for the American Library in Paris! This…

Evenings with an Author: Nita Wiggins [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

March 2 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This winter, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

A Panel on Women’s Travel Writing in France and Beyond, moderated by Erin Byrne [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

March 3 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

*Covid-19 Update: This winter, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

Paris by Phone: A reading with Pamela Druckerman (ages 5–adult) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

March 6 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For children ages 5+ their families   Enjoy a reading of Paris by Phone by bestselling author Pamela Druckerman, followed by a Q&A.   The magic…

Evenings with an Author: Jeremy D. Popkin [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

March 9 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This winter, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

Writing Workshop with Erin Byrne- La Fin (finishing that piece!) [Virtual Event, Library members only, RSVP Required]

March 11 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This spring, the Library’s programs will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. Please check eLibris or our programs calendar for updates and line-up. This event is limited…

Read-A-Thon Finale and Literature Quiz (all ages) [VIRTUAL-RSVP REQUIRED]

March 13 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

Learn about the Library’s history, tell us about your vacation reading, participate in games, and a literature quiz during our Read-A-Thon Finale! Children and teens who…

Evenings with an Author: Hala Alyan [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

March 16 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This winter, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

Evenings with an Author: Lisa Barrett [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

March 17 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This spring, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

Boycotts, Strikes, and Marches: Talking about Youth in Revolt, with Barbara Diggs (ages 9-18) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

March 20 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

For children and teens ages 9-18 their families   Join author Barbara Diggs for a discussion about how  youth were involved in protest and movements for…

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