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

Ann Patchett Shines at the Gala

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. And a grand merci to the Board of Trustees for their time and passionate support, and to the Library staff and volunteers who worked so hard on the Gala. Your support directly contributes to our mission and allows us to present over 300 events for readers of all ages, circulate 170,000 books, and serve a community of close to 5,000 members from 60 countries each year.

If you weren’t able to attend the Gala, but would like to make a donation, please click below:

photo: Ann Patchett, by Krystal Kenney

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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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…

Toddler Time (ages 1–3)

June 9 @ 11 h 00 min - 11 h 30 min

Toddler Time for ages 1–3 This interactive program features songs, rhymes and stories in English for the very young. Books featured during our Toddler Time events…

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