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

2022 Gala Speaker: Ann Patchett

We are pleased to announce that we will be commemorating the Library’s 102nd anniversary at our Annual Gala with honoree Ann Patchett on May 19 at the Automobile Club de France.

Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels and four books of nonfiction. She is the recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England’s Women’s Prize, the Booksense Book of the Year, and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine. In 2011, she opened Parnassus Books in Nashville. Her latest book, a collection of essays, These Precious Days, was published in November 2021.

As many of you know, the Library is a nonprofit organization. Your support, for our appeals for charitable donations and our fundraising events, makes everything that we do possible.

For more information about the Gala, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation, click below:

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 Inseparables with Lauren Elkin and Deborah Levy

May 24 @ 20 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Join Evenings with an Author in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop* to discuss The Inseparables with novelists Lauren Elkin and Deborah Levy Click here to RSVP to watch the…

Story Hour: Wonderful Weather (ages 3–5)

May 25 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

Story Hour: Wonderful Weather 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!…

(Online) Portable Magic with Emma Smith

May 26 @ 20 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author in collaboration with the The London Library* to discuss Portable Magic with author Emma Smith Click here to RSVP All books are, as Stephen King…

(Hybrid) Literature After Ulysses with Colm Tóibín

May 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Literature After Ulysses with author Colm Tóibín Click here to RSVP It has been one hundred years since…

Make Your Own Mini-Book (ages 6–12)

May 28 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

Make Your Own Mini-Book For ages 6–12 Come along to the Children’s Library to make your own mini book. Join Children’s and Teens’ Services Assistant Claire…

(In Person) Entre Nous: Colm Tóibín and Anuk Arudpragasam in conversation

May 30 @ 20 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Join us at Reid Hall for an evening of readings and exchanges between Colm Tóibín and Anuk Arudpragasam. The Magician, Tóibín's book on Thomas Mann, won the…

(Online) Jasmine Hemsley on Ayurveda and Mind Body Balance

June 1 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (online) to discuss East by West with author and chef Jasmine Hemsley Click here to RSVP Following her immensely successful pop-up café East…

Writing from Your Heart, with Jane Mobille: Throwback to the 70s (ages 12–18)

June 3 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Writing from Your ♥ with Jane Mobille: Throwback to the 70s For ages 12–18   A picture may be worth 1000 words–but pre-Instagram teens had to…

Master Shot Film Club meeting (ages 12–18) (Full)

June 4 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

MASTER SHOT FILM CLUB For ages 12-18. Led by Paris-based filmmaker and writer Clarence Tokley, the purpose of this club is to allow budding filmmakers the…

(Hybrid) Liminal Spaces with Vanessa Onwuemezi

June 8 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Dark Neighbourhood with author Vanessa Onwuemezi and editor Daniel Medin Click here to RSVP The Center for Writers…

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