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Tuesday–Wednesday: 10h00–21h00
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Lettres d'Amérique

Register now for the next event in the Library’s new program series and discover a major new voice in American literature.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Monday, 27 September

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s inventive debut collection of short stories, Friday Black, reflects a grim portrait of American individualism run wild. Adjei-Brenyah casts his suffering male protagonists into dystopian futures, where they confront consumerism, racial injustice, and financial hardship in twelve unflinching tales.

Launched in cooperation with The US Embassy and Festival America, Lettres d’Amérique will explore issues at the heart of contemporary America: race, immigration, citizenship, historical trauma, addiction, and gun violence. The range of this year’s speakers is as rich as it is diverse.

All events are virtual and will begin at 19h30 CET / 13h30 EST / 10h30 PST and run for 75 minutes. The audience will have the option of watching in either French or English; all events will be simultaneously translated from English into French.

Learn more on the Lettres webpage.

Pass Sanitaire at the Library

Melvis the Library Dog is ready to scan Pass Sanitaires! Starting on Tuesday 31 August, all adults 18+ must have a Pass to enter the Library, including those accompanying children.

On 30 September, all visitors ages 12+ must show a Pass Sanitaire.

For details, please visit the COVID-19 information page. We thank you for your cooperation.

2021 Book Award Shortlist Announced

Five titles have been selected as finalists for the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award. They include a novel about a Surrealist artist (Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter), an epistolary elegy (Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal), a biography of an underrecognized figure (Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh), a dreamlike story of a racehorse in Paris (Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley), and a multigenerational micro-history (An Infinite History by Emma Rothschild).

The choice of the winning title now is in the hands of an independent jury, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in early 2022. For information about becoming a patron of the Book Award ceremony or questions about the prize: Visit our Book Award page or email bookaward@americanlibraryinparis.org.

All eighty-three of the submissions for the 2021 Book Award are in the Library’s circulating collection and are available for checkout by members.

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(Online) Lettres d’Amérique: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah in conversation with Kierstan Kaushal-Carter

September 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

This September 2021, the American Library in Paris invites you to discover the new voices in American literature. A virtual series, Lettres d’Amérique (6–27 September) will…

Story Hour: Fairy Tales & Fables (ages 3–5)

September 29 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

Toddler Time (ages 1–3)

September 30 @ 11 h 00 min - 11 h 30 min

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. This program features songs, rhymes and stories in English for the very young. Our Toddler Time is for children ages 1-3 and…

Deadline to apply: Master Shot Film Club (ages 12–18)

September 30 @ 22 h 00 min

For ages 12-18. CLICK HERE TO APPLY Aspiring filmmakers, writers and actors are invited to join the Master Shot Film Club at the Library. Led by…

Fall Scavenger Hunt (ages 6–12)

October 2 @ 11 h 00 min - 14 h 00 min

For ages 6–12 CLICK HERE TO RSVP Meet Children's and Teens' Services Manager Celeste and volunteers at in the Children's Library to get started and find…

Fantasy Book Club: “Dune” by Frank Herbert (ages 12–adult)

October 2 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

Join fantasy fans to discuss new worlds and novels with like-minded readers. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us (virtually) for animated discussions of the latest and…

Story Hour: Pumpkins (ages 3–5)

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

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

Let’s Talk About Bilingualism [Virtual event]

October 7 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 00 min

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us for a virtual event in collaboration with Association of American Women in Europe (AAWE)! Beth Austin, president of AAWE, will…

Teen Night: Halloween Decorating Party (ages 12–18)

October 8 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 Help us set the mood for Halloween, and get to know other teens in the community! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Get in the…

Deadline to apply: 2021–2022 Youth Leadership Program

October 8 @ 22 h 00 min

CLICK HERE TO APPLY The American Library in Paris and Toastmasters Paris are pleased to announce that the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) will continue for another…

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