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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) Racialization and Disorientation with Ian Williams

May 17 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Disorientation with author Ian Williams Click here to RSVP In 2020, author, poet, and 2021-22 American Library…

Story Hour: Magical Friends (ages 3–5)

May 18 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

Story Hour: Magical Friends 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!…

Toddler Time (ages 1–3)

May 19 @ 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…

Teen Night: Capture the Flag (ages 12–18)

May 20 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Teen Night: Capture the Flag For ages 12–18   Join us for a game of capture the flag on the Champ de Mars (weather permitting). We’ll…

Plot Twists (ages 6–12)

May 21 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

Plot Twists For ages 6–12 Join Children’s and Teens’ Services Manager Celeste and volunteers in the Children’s Library for reading and creative writing as we explore…

YA Fantasy Book Club: “Throne of Glass” (ages 12–adult)

May 21 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

YA Fantasy Book Club: "Throne of Glass" For ages 12–adult Join fantasy fans to discuss new worlds and novels with like-minded readers. New book club members…

Roald Dahl Book Club (ages 8–12)

May 22 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

Roald Dahl Book Club For ages 8–12 Join Children’s and Teens’ Services Librarian Kirsty and volunteers in the Children’s Library to read, play games, and answer…

(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…

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