The American Library in Paris was established in 1920 under the auspices of the American Library Association with a core collection of books and periodicals donated by American libraries to United States armed forces personnel serving their allies in World War I. The Library has since grown into the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.
Learn about our WWI origins; discover the innovations brought to France by American librarians in the 1920s; hear the true stories of the heroic librarians who kept the Library open during WWII; be amongst the first to know about our recent sleuthing in the archives and beyond.
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Five finalists have been selected for the 2023 American Library in Paris Book Award. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 9 November. The award honors a title that best realizes new and intellectually significant ideas about France, the French, or French culture. This ceremony is the Library's most important donor appreciation event of the year.
Congratulations to 2023—2024 Visiting Fellows Christian Campbell and Adam Shatz, who join an impressive roster of intellectuals and writers who have received the award. Both Campbell and Shatz will complete their Fellowships in 2024. The Visiting Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of The de Groot Foundation.
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American Library in Paris Book Award: Past winners
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh
Winner of the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award
Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) by Marc Weitzmann
Winner of the 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award
A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson
Winner of the 2018 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Winner of the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France by Ethan B. Katz
Winner of the 2016 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio
Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award