Ethan B. Katz, winner of the 2016 American Library in Paris Book Award (Photo by Krystal Kenney)
The Book Award was launched in 2013 with a generous gift to the Library from the Florence Gould Foundation. The past recipients of the prize reflect the diversity of intellectual and literary output that the Book Award seeks to recognize:
2016: The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France by Ethan B. Katz (Full transcript of Ethan B. Katz’s remarks.)
2015: The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio
2014: An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
2013: Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
The Book Award follows a long tradition of showcasing and celebrating authors at the American Library. The Library was created in part as a memorial to a young American poet, Alan Seeger, who wrote the well-known poem “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” not long before he died in action in France in 1916. One of the Library’s founding trustees was Edith Wharton. Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, among many other writers of note, contributed reviews to the Library’s literary magazine, Ex Libris. Stephen Vincent Benét composed John Brown’s Body at the Library. Authors of every generation have worked and spoken at the Library: Ford Madox Ford, Archibald MacLeish, Colette, Henry Miller, André Gide, Anaïs Nin, James Baldwin, Irwin Shaw, James Jones, and Mary McCarthy, to name a few from the past. As the Library approaches its centennial, it remains the pre-eminent center in Paris for evening talks by prominent authors, artists, and other public figures.
The Award is administered by the American Library in Paris and is overseen by its Writers Council. The jury for the 2017 award has been selected: Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker and author of From Paris to the Moon and other books; Bruno Racine, novelist, memoirist, and until recently the president of the Bibliothéque Nationale de France; and this year’s gala honoree, biographer Stacy Schiff. For a list of frequently asked questions, please check The American Library in Paris Book Award FAQs.
As soon as you know you would like to nominate a book, please notify Alexandra Vangsnes at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the book(s) and the estimated date the Library will receive the book(s). All nominated books must be postmarked and mailed to the American Library in Paris no later than 1 May 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.
All nomination materials for the 2017 Book Award must be received by 1 May 2017.
|Pay €50,00 (EUR)||Pay $60.00 (USD)|
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|1 November 2016||Nominations open|
|1 May 2017||Nominations close|
|15 July 2017||Shortlist announced|
|November 2017||Winner announced at award ceremony in Paris|
Books received will not be returned and become property of the American Library in Paris. The American Library in Paris Book Award is made possible by a generous gift from the Florence Gould Foundation.