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.
The Library is happy to announce On the Road, a new cultural outreach program with the support of the US Embassy in France and the cooperation of the Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France regions. The program is named after the book by Beatnik author Jack Kerouac. The French patron of the project is Rachid Santaki, founder of La Dictée géante.
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.
Five finalists have been selected for the 2022 American Library in Paris Book Award !
The winner will be announced on 3 November 2022. This ceremony is our most significant donor appreciation event, and invitations will be sent to supporters who have contributed 250€ or more to the Library in the last year.
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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