4 December 2020

Gifts for book-lovers

Looking for the perfect present for the bookworm in your life? Here are gift ideas to satisfy readers of all ages. Suggestions include items from the […]
24 November 2020

New routines, germs, disappointment, and anxiety: Picture books for reading together right now

We know many of you are wondering what to read with your children right now as you navigate new routines, new restrictions to daily life, and […]
5 November 2020

Reading List from “Writers Reading during the Pandemic: A Panel with Joyce Carol Oates, Edmund White, and Sheila Kohler”

On Thursday 29 October, we hosted a wonderful panel of acclaimed authors to discuss reading. Diane Stamm generously developed this list for us following the event, […]
17 June 2020

And the winners of YAFF 2020 are…

The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF), that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in […]
5 June 2020

A message of solidarity

Dear friend of the Library,  As the world reels from and mourns the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and as we […]
3 June 2020

Library Resources for Understanding

“[T]he mission of the Library—to educate, welcome and respect all perspectives, convene safe and productive conversations, and offer opportunity to all—directly combats divisiveness, ignorance, hate, and […]
20 March 2020

Writing tips and tricks: Get your story ready for the Young Authors Fiction Festival

It’s creative writing season again! The Library encourages young authors ages 5-18 to sharpen their pencils (or put their fingers to the keyboard) and submit an […]
15 March 2020

Stay connected during Library closure

Dear Library supporter and friend, In accordance with official recommendations concerning libraries and cultural institutions, the American Library in Paris is closed until further notice. All our online […]
14 March 2020

Library closure

In accordance with official recommendations concerning libraries and cultural institutions, the American Library is closed until further notice. All our online resources remain available to members. […]
13 March 2020

Announcement regarding public health measures

Dear Library supporter and friend, As the world faces considerable challenges related to the coronavirus, the American Library continues to monitor the situation closely. As a […]
11 March 2020

A note about public health and safety

The American Library is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following guidelines and recommendations published by public health organizations such as the French Ministry of Health, […]
2 March 2020

Library Culture Pick: March 2020

This month, Library volunteer Mike Duffy visited the Musée Bourdelle for a dive into the dark, swirling 19th century psyche of sculptor and ceramicist Niels Hansen […]
16 February 2020

YAFF 2019 – 6th Grade/ 6ème First Place – “Run” by Liam Ross

Below is the wonderful story Run by Liam Ross, that won 1st place for 6th Grade/ 6ème in the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival. We will […]
4 February 2020

Library Culture Pick: February 2020

  The Library is pleased to present the Paris Culture Pick for the month of February, curated, researched, and written by volunteer Mike Duffy. As always, […]
1 December 2019

YAFF 2019 – 5th Grade/ CM2 First Place – “Do you really need a voice to be happy?” by Maria Giulia Larcinese

Below is the wonderful story by Maria Giulia Larcinese, that won 1st place for 5th Grade/ CM2 in the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival. We will […]
28 November 2019

Library Chairman’s Q&A

Forrest Alogna was recently named the Chairman of the Board of the American Library in Paris. Forrest is a partner at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, a […]
26 November 2019

Cooking and lifestyle magazines for holiday entertaining

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of cooking and entertaining. The Library has an excellent selection of cooking and lifestyle magazines […]
26 November 2019

The Library has the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2019

The editors of The Times Book Review choose the 10 best fiction and nonfiction titles this year. The Library has copies (and likely waitlists) for each […]
26 November 2019

What Library staff is reading right now

The year is coming to an end, and so is the American Library in Paris 2019 Reading Challenge. On the Library staff, some of us have […]
20 November 2019

Travel Spotlight: New Mexico

Do you need help answering the question “Red, green, or Christmas?” Are you interested in visiting the city with the third largest art market in the […]
17 November 2019

YAFF 2019: 4th Grade – 1st Place – “Gargoyle Greg” by Will Barry

  We invite you to read the story by Will Barry, that won 1st place for 4th Grade/ CM1 in the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival. […]
13 November 2019

2019 Book Award coups de coeur

Congratulations to Marc Weitzmann, the seventh winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award, for his thought-provoking examination, Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in […]
12 November 2019

Library Culture Picks: November 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of November, curated, researched and written by volunteer Mike Duffy. As always, we’ve selected […]
6 November 2019

New note-worthy nonfiction at the Library

We are very excited about the new books that have recently arrived at the Library, particularly these note-worthy nonfiction titles. Have a glance at our New […]
28 October 2019

Halloween Extravaganza Thanks

The Library’s annual Halloween Extravaganza, which was held on Saturday 26 October, was a packed celebration, with over 500 Library members and guests attending four separate […]
24 October 2019

American Library Association Freedom To Read Statement

The American Library in Paris adheres to the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement as part of our general practices and collection development. Here is […]
18 October 2019

“Creep It Real” with horror books for Halloween

Halloween is approaching and at the Library we’ve curated a display of books we think will creep you out and get you in the holiday spirit. […]
15 October 2019

European Travel Spotlight – Croatia

Would you like to learn something about the history of Croatia? Or you need a recommendation of a Croatian writer? The best place to find answers […]
15 October 2019

Booker Prize for Fiction

The Booker Prize for Fiction was announced on 14 October 2019, with the 2019 prize shared between Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo. Atwood’s The Testaments, the […]
11 October 2019

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature was announced on 10 October 2019, with the 2018 prize going to Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 prize to Peter Handke. […]
1 October 2019

Library Culture Picks: October 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of October, curated, researched and written by volunteer Mike Duffy. As always, we’ve selected […]
1 October 2019

Library staff’s favorite books that we’re sure nobody has heard of

Library staff loves these books, and we’re pretty sure you’ve probably have not heard of many of them.       Here’s what Library staff had […]
15 September 2019

YAFF 2019: 3rd Grade – 1st Place “The Golden Necklace” by Louise Harper

We invite you to read the story by Louise Harper, who won 1st place for 3rd Grade/ CE2 in the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival. We […]
13 September 2019

Library Culture Picks: September 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of September, curated, researched and written by volunteer Mike Duffy. As always, we’ve selected […]
13 September 2019

The last book that really excited us

Library staff members read widely and all the time. We’re all mid-way in our Reading Challenge, so the pressure is on for reaching our reading goals. […]
7 September 2019

Turning tropes on their head

“What does the Teen Writing Group do?” is a questions we’re asked often in the Children’s and Teens’ Services Department. Each meeting does involve some writing, […]
3 September 2019

New books unpacked, suggestions open at all times

The French rentrée is translated literally as “the return” but in the Library’s Collections department, the rentrée is known as “the arrival.” Boxes of books ordered […]
1 September 2019

YAFF 2019: 2nd Grade – 1st Place “Why Kids Are Naughty Sometimes” by Sophie Lou Chung

We invite you to read the story by Sophie Lou Chung, who won 1st place for 2nd Grade/ CE1 in the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival. […]
30 August 2019

Book display: “Reading Rock and Roll”

On display at the Member Services Lounge is”Reading Rock and Roll”. Come and check them out.        
30 August 2019

100 Books to Read Before You Grow Up

Here is a list of 100 Books to Read Before You Grow Up as recommended by the Children’s and Teens’ Services Department at The American Library […]
20 August 2019

Songs about libraries and books

Libraries (and librarians) are inexhaustible sources of inspiration. These are represented in books (Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose), films (The Public, directed by Robin Bissell) […]
2 August 2019

Library Culture Picks: August 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of August, curated, researched and written by Library member services staff David Gonçalves and […]
19 July 2019

2019 Book Award shortlist

Six titles have been selected as finalists for the 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award: a novel set in Occupied France, a culinary primer on […]
19 July 2019

A Library intern recommends four classic plays

My name is Brianna Gibson and I was the summer Advancement Intern here at the American Library in Paris. My duties include marketing and communications tasks. […]
16 July 2019

Library staff’s favorite podcasts

As you can predict, Library staff members are avid readers. We even challenge ourselves internally on how many books we will read in a year and […]
12 July 2019

The books we most want to read this summer

Summer is a great time to dive into books, whether you’re at the beach or in the city. The Library staff has a great list of […]
8 July 2019

Library Culture Picks: July 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of July, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. For July, the […]
1 July 2019

The books that made Library staff readers

We all probably remember the first book(s) that made us into readers. For many it might be a single memorable book that made us fall in […]
1 July 2019

Winning YAFF story: “Green Beans” by Milo Tanaka

We invite you to read the story by Milo Tanaka, who won 1st place for Kindergarten/Grande Section & 1st Grade/ CP in the 2019 Young Authors […]
25 June 2019

Make the best of your summer with our magazines

Dear magazine readers, The summer is here – time when we go on vacation to rest, sleep, enjoy and/or do only the things we really want […]
19 June 2019

And the 2019 YAFF winners are…

The Young Authors Fiction Festival 2019 culminated with a celebration event on Friday 14 June at the American Library in Paris. Over 200 people attended the […]
17 June 2019

The Library has the Summer “It Books”

The Library has the top 20 Summer “It Books” from the last 50 years as recently selected by The New York Times. According to the article, […]
17 June 2019

2019 Library Book Award submissions

This is the seventh year of the American Library in Paris Book Award, recognizing the most distinguished books of the year, in English, about France. In […]
14 June 2019

Discount code for AmCham’s Summer Party

The Library is pleased to be in partnership with AmCham France for their Summer Party, which will take place on 20 June 2019, from 18:30 at […]
12 June 2019

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: June 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of June, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. June Culture Picks […]
28 May 2019

Discount code for the 2019 Champs-Élysées Film Festival

  The 2019 Champs-Élysées Film Festival takes place from 18-25 June and showcasing the best of American and French independent film to a wide audience in […]
28 May 2019

Hope College Summer Archive Project at the Library

The Library recently welcomed a team of researchers from Hope College as part of a Paris Stories/Mellon Grand Challenges project. The team included Hannah Jones, English […]
26 May 2019

Reading 2019 Gala Dinner honoree Martin Amis

The Library’s 2019 Gala Dinner honoree and keynote speaker is renowned novelist, essayist, and cultural commentator Martin Amis. As the author of fourteen novels, several collections […]
25 May 2019

Celebrating ninety-nine years of the Library

The Library celebrated its 99th birthday with a special gathering on Tuesday 21 May 2019. To further commemorate this occasion, the staff collected ninety-nine facts about […]
16 May 2019

Modern manifestos on display

The word “manifesto” brings to mind scandalous political documents of the 19th and 20th centuries, but our “Modern Manifestos” book display at the Library takes a […]
14 May 2019

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: May 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of May, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. May Culture Picks […]
13 May 2019

An interview with poet Eléna Rivera

The Library interviewed poet Eléna Rivera, who is currently a poet-in-residence at the Trelex Art Residency, on how she came to know the Library, what treasures […]
9 May 2019

What the Library staff is reading right now

We are a few months into our 2019 American Library in Paris Reading Challenge on Goodreads, which is open to anyone who would like to join. […]
30 April 2019

Book displays at the Library

The Members Lounge at the Library is the perfect place to read, have a coffee, talk with a friend (quietly), and browse our wonderful book displays […]
26 April 2019

Read the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners (and finalists)

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in New York City on 15 April 2019.The Library has all of the winners […]
26 April 2019

Interview with 2019 Spring Visiting Fellow Ian Leslie

We recently interviewed the Library’s 2019 spring Visiting Fellow, Ian Leslie, on his time at the Library, his current project, and his highlights of Paris. Tell […]
14 April 2019

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: April 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of April, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. April in Paris, […]
9 April 2019

Partnership with Météore Films for Frederick Wiseman’s “Monrovia, Indiana”

The Library is pleased to partner with Météore Films to promote the French cinematic release of documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana, beginning on 24 April […]
9 April 2019

Interview with 2018 Fall Visiting Fellow Hala Alyan

We recently interviewed the Library’s fall 2018 Visiting Fellow, Hala Alyan, on her time at the Library. Hala had an evening event on 10 October 2018 […]
27 March 2019

Interview with Library volunteer coordinator Danielle Typinski

The Library’s strategic partnerships manager Pauline Lemasson recently interviewed the Library’s “volunteer” Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Typinski on what brought her to Paris, how she found out […]
26 March 2019

New magazines on the shelves

The Library is now subscribed to a couple of new magazines with a wide range of topics – environment, politics, news for children and book reviews. […]
25 March 2019

Non-Fiction books picked by bibliophile volunteer Olga Ospina

In this post, bibliophile volunteer Olga Ospina presents the account of the transition that The Guardian and newspapers in general had to go through with the […]
13 March 2019

France Culture’s report on reading statistics in France

The 2019 Salon du Livre will open on 15 March and continue over the weekend. To commemorate this important literary event, France Culture did a timely […]
12 March 2019

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: March 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of March, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. March Culture Picks […]
11 March 2019

A Jury for the 2019 Book Award

Three distinguished American writers have agreed to serve as the jury for the 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award. Alice Kaplan, who will chair this […]
8 March 2019

Treasures from Library archives on view

Books penned by former American Library in Paris staff members are currently exhibited in the Turner Commons, as part of a larger display commemorating International Women’s […]
22 February 2019

Why we love cookbooks

                    If you think about it, we actually don’t really need any cookbooks in the age of […]
18 February 2019

Books on social infrastructure and public spaces by Olga Ospina

The books that I present in this blog advocate for the creation of public spaces that generate a place for social connection, community building and civic […]
12 February 2019

Interview with Penelope Fletcher of the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore

The Library’s strategic partnerships manager Pauline Lemasson recently interviewed Penelope Fletcher, owner of the recently reopened The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, about her thoughts on bookselling, how she […]
4 February 2019

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: February 2019

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of February, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. T. S. Eliot […]
4 February 2019

2019 Library Reading Challenge

It should come as no surprise that staff members of the American Library in Paris are avid readers. We are constantly sharing our favorite books and […]
28 January 2019

2018 Top Circulating Books at the Library

We’ve compiled the top circulating books of 2018 across all genres, including the children’s and teen collection. We are heartened to see that amongst the top […]
15 January 2019

Books in translation picks by Olga Ospina

In this article, I introduce some books translated into English recently. A modern take on Frankenstein, a story about friendship, a story about loneliness and a […]
3 January 2019

Library Culture Picks from Mike Duffy: January 2019

Two very different 19th Century approaches to life along with an exhibition tracing 5,000 years of art and design in Latin America are highlighted in this […]
18 December 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Booklovers

We know a lot of book lovers, and that it can be tough to chose the right gift book for a voracious reader. Whether you’re shopping […]
17 December 2018

Fiction Picks by Olga Ospina

In this blog I introduce 4 recent novels: a modern take on King Lear, a novel about homosexuality in Ireland throughout many years, the National Book […]
5 December 2018

The Library’s Top 10 Titles

It’s that time of year… best book lists are coming out! Here are our most checked-out and top-circulating books across all adult collections: The Adventures of […]
5 December 2018

Library Culture Picks from Mike Duffy: December 2018

Two extraordinary photographers:  European Martine Franck and American Dorothea Lange, both concerned with the plight of those who are poor, isolated, marginalized, both of whom took […]
12 November 2018

Library Culture Picks from Mike Duffy: November 2018

This month’s Culture Picks by Mike Duffy give us an excellent sense of the pivotal role Picasso played as Paris embraced the Modern Art movement. Mike […]
12 November 2018

Modern takes on Greek Mythology by Olga Ospina

Greek myths remain relevant as we always relate to the themes that make these stories universal, passing down lessons from one generation to the next. In […]
15 October 2018

Travel Books picked by Olga Ospina

Travel books picked by volunteer Olga Ospina         Library volunteer Olga Ospina is a true bibliophile, reading more books in a week than most do in […]
9 October 2018

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: October 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of September, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. Our Picks this […]
25 September 2018

Book review for Hala Alyan’s Salt Houses

Hala Alyan’s Salt Houses reviewed by Strategic Partnerships Manager Pauline Lemasson Back in July, the Library’s first Writer-in-Residence Viet Thanh Nguyen spoke about being a refugee […]
18 September 2018

Two Library Visiting Fellows win the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Two Library Visiting Fellows win the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize    The 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners have been announced and both winners are/were […]
5 September 2018

Festival America in Paris (and the Library!)

Festival America in Paris (and the Library)          If you’re looking to be immersed in a vibrant international literary community in Paris, look no further: From […]
3 September 2018

A literary interview with bibliophile volunteer Olga Ospina

A literary interview with bibliophile volunteer Olga Ospina           When and where do you enjoy reading? I love reading in the living room when I’m alone, […]
3 September 2018

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: September 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of September, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. September is famous […]
9 August 2018

5 Literary Hotspots in Paris

5 Literary Hotspots in Paris For generations, artists, writers, and musicians alike have called Paris their home. Unfortunately, while you may not be able to hop […]
3 August 2018

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: August 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of August, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. August in Paris […]
25 July 2018

Book review for An American (Homeless) in Paris

An American (Homeless) in Paris reviewed by Assistant Collections Librarian Bojan Kupirovic Woooooow, what a wonderful book! I’m not even sure if I can describe all […]
17 July 2018

2018 American Library in Paris Book Award Longlist

10 July 2018

Former Library staff Ann Mah’s latest book

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah Former Library programs manager Ann Mah has just published her latest book, The Lost Vintage, which has been nominated for […]
6 July 2018

Library Culture Picks by Mike Duffy: July 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of July, curated, researched and written by Library volunteer Mike Duffy. Our Picks this […]
29 June 2018

Essential reads by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Essential Reads by Viet Thanh Nguyen On Wednesday 4 July, the American Library in Paris will welcome Viet Thanh Nguyen to talk about his edited collection […]
26 June 2018

Passing the baton…

Passing the baton… A note from outgoing director Jeff Hawkins For the last year or so, I’ve had the honor to be the director of the American […]
20 June 2018

Celebrating Library volunteers!

Thanks to the Library volunteers! The Library celebrated its valuable and committed corps of volunteers at a reception on Thursday 14 June in the lower level […]
18 June 2018

2018 Young Authors Fiction Festival Celebration

2018 Young Authors Fiction Festival Celebration The Celebration for the 2018 Young Authors Fiction Festival was held at the Library on Friday 15 June. This year […]
4 June 2018

Hope College Summer Archive Project at the Library

Hope College Summer Archive Project at the Library The Library recently welcomed a team of researchers from Hope College as part of a Paris Stories/Mellon Grand Challenges […]
29 May 2018

Library Culture Picks: June 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of June, thanks to the arduous research of volunteer Mike Duffy. Our Picks this […]
24 May 2018

Interview with Agnès Poirier

Interview with Agnès Poirier Programs manager Grant Rosenberg interviews journalist Agnès Poirier about her earliest memories using a library, how she got into writing about the […]
15 May 2018

Discount code for the 2018 Champs-Élysées Film Festival

Discount code for the 2018 Champs-Élysées Film Festival  The Champs-Élysées Film Festival celebrates its sixth anniversary from 12-29 June with the purpose of bringing the best of […]
4 May 2018

Library Culture Picks: May 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of May, thanks to the arduous research of volunteer Mike Duffy. Our Picks this […]
27 April 2018

Dance performances recommended by Library fellow Vanessa Manko

Dance performances recommended by Library Visiting Fellow Vanessa Manko Library Visiting Fellow Vanessa Manko shares her recommendations for dance performances in Paris. ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER […]
26 April 2018

President Macron mentions historical Library figure

The American Library in Paris was created in part as a memorial to a young American poet, Alan Seeger, who wrote the well-known poem “I Have […]
23 April 2018

Interview with Library Visiting Fellow Vanessa Manko

Interview with Library Visiting Fellow Vanessa Manko Programs manager Grant Rosenberg interviews the Library Visiting Fellow Vanessa Manko about her upcoming novel tentatively entitled A Question […]
10 April 2018

By the Book: Assistant Collections Librarian Bojan Kupirović

Bojan Kupirović, Assistant Collections Librarian, talks about his first experience at a library, the books he’s reading now, and the kind of reader he was as […]
5 April 2018

Library Culture Picks: April 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of April, thanks to the arduous research of volunteer Mike Duffy. Our Picks this […]
9 March 2018

Writing inspiration for YAFF

Writing Inspiration for YAFF The deadline for the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF) is fast approaching on Friday 30 March 2018 at 22h00. For writing inspiration, […]
9 March 2018

Word for Word RSVP now open

Word for Word performs Lucia Berlin The Library and École Jeannine Manuel are proud to present the annual production of Word for Word on Monday 9 […]
3 March 2018

Library Culture Picks: March 2018

The Library is pleased to present the Culture Picks for the month of March, thanks to the arduous research of volunteer Mike Duffy. Our Picks this […]
28 February 2018

Recommended readings on Red Russia

Recommended readings for Julia Mickenberg’s event On Wednesday 7 March, the Library welcomes Professor Julia L. Mickenberg who will present her book, American Girls in Red Russia: […]
25 February 2018

Book reviews by kids and teens

Kids and teens review books Name: Leah Age: 12 Book title: Rapunzel’s Revenge Author: Shannon and Dean Hale Review: It is original and cool, there is adventure […]
14 February 2018

By the Book: Library Assistant / Book Award Coordinator Alexandra Vangsnes

By the Book: Library Assistant/Book Award Coordinator Alexandra Vangsnes Alexandra Vangsnes, Library Assistant and Book Award Coordinator, talks about getting her first library card, some of […]
12 February 2018

Library Culture Picks: February 2018

There are many cultural events to attend in the city during the month of February, including a fantastic exhibition on Dutch artists who painted in Paris […]
31 January 2018

By the Book: Programs Manager Grant Rosenberg

By the Book: Programs Manager Grant Rosenberg Grant Rosenberg, programs manager at the Library, talks about his first memory at a library, his favorite reads, and […]
31 January 2018

Interview with Alice Feiring, author of The Dirty Guide to Wine

An Interview with Alice Feiring Author Alice Feiring will speak at the Library on Wednesday 7 February at 19h30 about natural and biodynamic wines and how […]
17 January 2018

Library Culture Picks: January 2018

Happy New Year! January in Paris means short days and as of late, lots of rain and cold temperatures. Thankfully, there are many reasons to go […]
30 November 2017

Library Culture Picks: December 2017

2017 is coming to a close, but Paris’s cultural offerings haven’t slowed down yet! Here are three current exhibitions that have caught our eye, along with […]
20 November 2017

New books we’re thankful for

New books we’re thankful for      Many new titles have been added to the Library collection this past month, and there’s many that we are thankful […]
18 November 2017

Interview with Michael Harlan Turkell, author of Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar

An Interview with Michael Harlan Turkell Author Michael Harlan Turkell will be speaking at the Library about his book Acid Trip: Travels in the World of […]
16 November 2017

Book reviews by kids and teens

Kids and teens review books Name: InesAge: 9Book title: Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsAuthor: J.K. RowlingReview: I love the books. They’re exciting, fun, and funny.  […]
13 November 2017

Interview with Callan Wink, author of Dog Run Moon

An Interview with Callan Wink Author Callan Wink will be speaking at the Library about his book Dog Run Moon on Tuesday 14 November at 19h30.  What […]
10 November 2017

James Verini longform magazine writing workshop

From mid-January through the end of March, visiting fellow James Verini will conduct a six-session writing workshop focused on longform magazine writing.  He will instruct students […]
6 November 2017
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Library Culture Picks: November 2017

  The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. As the days get […]
30 October 2017

Looking for a good read for Halloween?

Looking for a good read for Halloween? Looking for a scary read for Halloween (or anytime)? Here are some of our spookiest tales in our collection […]
23 October 2017

Spine-tingling tales for chilly autumn nights

Spine-tingling tales for chilly autumn nights As days get shorter and nights become colder, it’s the best time of the year to stay in and curl […]
17 October 2017

Podcast about the Library’s Proust book group

This past summer, Kate Slotover of The Book  Club Review podcast came to the Library and interviewed the leader of our Proust book group, Morgan Thomas. […]
16 October 2017

Interview with Adam Begley

Interview with Adam Begley   Author Adam Begley returns to the Library to talk about his book The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera on […]
12 October 2017

Read the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist

2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist The Library has the six titles shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 17 […]
6 October 2017

James Verini on libraries and journalism

Fall 2017 Library visiting fellow James Verini Journalist James Verini is the Library’s Visiting Fellow for October and will do a couple of programs at the […]
28 September 2017
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Library Culture Picks: October 2017

  The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. As the days get […]
28 September 2017

Were you up to the Challenge?

This year the Library ran Summer Reading Challenges for Children, Teens and Adults from 24 June – 10 September. The Finale Party on 16 September saw […]
27 September 2017

Fall 2017 visiting fellow – James Verini

Fall 2017 Library visiting fellow James Verini The Library is pleased to welcome our fall 2017 Library visiting fellow, journalist James Verini. He has written extensively […]
20 September 2017

Roald Dahl Day Fun!

On Sunday 17 September the Library celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday (the author was born on September 13), with a themed workshop celebrating all things Dahl!  Assistant […]
19 September 2017

Interview with Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer at Merriam-Webster

An Interview with Peter Sokolowski   Programs Manager Grant Rosenberg interviews Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer at Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Peter will be speaking at the Library on […]
15 September 2017

Library Fall Open House & Neighborhood Crawl

  The 2017 Fall Open House & Neighborhood Crawl The Library’s annual Fall Open House is a great way to discover all that we have to […]
14 September 2017

Fall newsletter hits the stands

Ex Libris, the Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available. Pick up a copy in the Members’ Lounge and read about the Library’s activities over the summer […]
7 September 2017

September Culture Picks

Now that you’re back from vacation and summer is coming to an end, why not chase away the rentrée blues by visiting a Parisian museum? These […]
18 August 2017

Kids recommend…

We hope you’re enjoying your summer reading! Here at the Library, we’ve heard from a few young members who would like to recommend some titles they’ve […]
14 August 2017

The Passing of John Godfrey Morris

The Library learned of the passing of John Godfrey Morris at 100 two weeks ago. He had spoken at the Library many times, and was  a […]
10 August 2017

Birds of Paris

        Our Birds of Paris Children’s program on Saturday 22 July featured information about 9 different bird species that reside in our city […]
24 July 2017

Interview with Matt Black

An Interview with Matt Black One of our amazing volunteers is Matt Black. Matt, who has been a Library member for 10 years, supports the Library […]
10 July 2017

New e-books for children and adults

The Library has refreshed its OverDrive e-book collection with 100 new titles you can take with you on vacation. We’ve selected the best in recent fiction […]
4 July 2017

The 2017 Library Book Award shortlist announced

The 2017 Library Book Award Shortlist  The finalists for the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award, recognizing the most distinguished English-language book of year about […]
30 June 2017

Introducing Jeffrey Hawkins, the Library’s new director

The new director of the American Library in Paris is Jeffrey Hawkins, a seasoned American diplomat now serving as the United States Ambassador to the Central […]
27 June 2017

In praise of Susan Suleiman’s new book

The Library recently hosted a presentation of Susan Suleiman’s new book, The Némirovsky Question. Telling the tale of a family disseminated after having suffered the horrors […]
27 June 2017

Winners of the Paris Spelling Bee for adults

So You Think You Can Spell? Emily Seftel won the first-ever “So You Think You Can Spell” contest at the Library. Elizabeth Taft placed second while […]
19 June 2017
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Library Culture Picks: June 2017

  The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. June is the start […]
9 June 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 YAFF

And the 2017 YAFF winners are… The 2017 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 2 June 2017 at the American Library […]
6 June 2017

Susan Suleiman on The Némirovsky Question

An Interview with Susan Suleiman Author Susan Suleiman will speak about her new book The Némirovsky Question at the Library on Wednesday 7 June at 19h30.  When did […]
2 June 2017
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Chris Dickon on his interest in Alan Seeger

An Interview with Chris Dickon Author Chris Dickon will speak about his new biography A Rendezvous With Death: Alan Seeger in Poetry, at War at a […]
26 May 2017
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Romance writer Cara Connelly on her writing inspirations

An Interview with Cara Connelly What’s your favorite writing trick to get the ideas flowing? I used to panic when I reached a point in a […]
22 May 2017
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James Kirchick on reading and writing

An Interview with James Kirchick Journalist James Kirchick wil be speaking at the Library on Tuesday 30 May about his book The End of Europe: Dictators, […]
13 May 2017
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Library Culture Picks: May 2017

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. May is officially “do as […]
10 May 2017
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An interview with Clarence Tokley

An Interview of Clarence Tokley The Library is a very busy place! We have so much going on and have some incredible volunteers that help us […]
4 May 2017
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Lindsey Tramuta on the new Paris

What’s behind the new Paris? Library staff recently asked Lindsey Tramuta, the creator of Lost in Cheeseland and the author of The New Paris: The People, […]
25 April 2017
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The American influence on French libraries

The American influence on French libraries As an American living in France, I take it for granted that my local French public library is set up […]
18 April 2017

Visiting fellow Jacqueline Woodson, on her inspiration – A Moment, Please

Visiting Fellow Jacqueline Woodson has written a reflection for the Library on her time in Paris so far and her speaking engagements here.   A Moment, […]
17 April 2017
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Library Culture Picks: April 2017

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Spring has arrived in Paris! […]
10 April 2017
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Centennial of the US entry into WWI and Library War Service

Commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI and the ALA Library War Service With the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI on 6 […]
6 April 2017
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Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book

Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shared the books he’s reading now and those he enjoyed as a child in […]
3 April 2017

Thank you for a great 2017 YAFF!

Thanks for a great 2017 YAFF! The deadline for the 2017 Young Authors Fiction Festival is now passed. This year’s YAFF had one of the largest […]
29 March 2017

3rd Place 2016 YAFF story by Sienna Frederic (5th Grade/CM2)

2016 YAFF 3rd Place story by Sienna Frederic (5th grade/CM2) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction […]
29 March 2017

1st Place 2016 YAFF story by Sami Merad (1st Grade/CP)

2016 YAFF 1st Place story by Sami Merad (1st grade/CP) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction […]
27 March 2017

A message from the Director

A message from the Director I want to share with the extended family of the American Library in Paris the news that I will be stepping […]
17 March 2017
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Library Culture Picks: March 2017

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. For March, we’ve selected exhibitions […]
12 March 2017

3rd Place 2016 YAFF story by Thomas Ravel (3rd Grade/CE2)

2016 YAFF 3rd Place story by Thomas Ravel (3rd grade/CE2) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction […]
12 March 2017

1st Place 2016 YAFF story by James Taoutaou (6th grade/6ème)

2016 YAFF 1st Place story by James Taoutaou (6th grade/6ème) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction […]
9 March 2017

James Traub’s op-ed in The New York Times about Europe’s refugees

Journalist James Traub, who speaks at the Library on Tuesday March 14, has written an op-ed about the subject he will discuss, Europe’s refugee crisis. Click […]
3 March 2017
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The story of Loving, now in theatres

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving   Loving, now in theatres, tells the incredible true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who […]
28 February 2017
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New cookbooks to savor

Some great new cookbooks just in time for dinner! Many of the new cookbooks at the Library were written from a very personal perspective. Ina Garten’s […]
24 February 2017
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Library Culture Picks: February 2017

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. The cold weather means we’re […]
18 February 2017
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Writing tips & tricks for YAFF 2017

Writing tips & tricks to help you submit for the Young Authors Fiction Festival It’s creative writing season again! The Library encourages young authors all over […]
14 February 2017
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New books the staff can’t wait to read

New books that the Library staff can’t wait to read Among the new books that will be on the shelves shortly after a few of our […]
9 February 2017
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Library teen member featured in short film festival

Library teen member featured in 90-Second Newbery Film Festival One of our very Library teen members, Ezra Richardson, made a short stop-motion film called “The Wright […]
9 January 2017
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Library Culture Picks: January 2017

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. January is a good month […]
3 January 2017
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Marlene Dietrich’s Marginalia

Marlene Dietrich’s Marginalia Megan Mayhew Bergman, the Library’s Visiting Fellow last spring, recently wrote an article in The New Yorker about the Library’s collection of books […]
20 December 2016
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We’ve got the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016

The 10 Best Books of 2016 The New York Times Book Review editors have selected their 10 best books of 2016, and the Library is pleased […]
8 December 2016

John Morris at 100

John Morris’s event at the Library has been postponed, but The New York Times has published a wonderful interview-profile and slideshow marking his 100th birthday on December […]
8 December 2016
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The Dean of Black Paris

“The Dean of Black Paris” James A. Emanuel, the distinguished African-American poet, lived and wrote in Paris from the 1980s until his death in 2013. He […]
2 December 2016
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Library Culture Picks: December 2016

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. December in Paris is of […]
8 November 2016
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Thank you for a great Halloween!

Thank you for a great Halloween! This year the Library welcomed hundreds of guests for our annual Halloween Extravaganza on 29 October! Eric the Magician and […]
11 October 2016
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From our Library Fall Visiting Fellows

The Library welcomes Doug Dechow and Anna Leahy The Library is pleased to welcome our Visiting Fellows Doug Dechow and Anna Leahy, both from Chapman University, […]
29 August 2016

We’re open!

We’re open! All of us at the Library are delighted to report that the renovations are complete (or very nearly!) and our doors are once again […]
4 July 2016
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Library staff summer reading lists

What Library staff is reading and recommending With the Library closed for renovation, the Library staff, like many of our members, gathered many books that they […]
4 July 2016
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“A Rendezvous with Death” one hundred years later

“Rendezvous with Death” one hundred years later The American Library in Paris marked a significant anniversary yesterday with commemorations surrounding American volunteers in France early in the […]
22 June 2016
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Carnegie and Greenaway medal winners in the Library

Awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal are the UK’s oldest and most […]
14 June 2016
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Other libraries we love

Libraries we love to work in (while ours is being renovated) While the Library is being renovated, the staff had to get creative about finding other […]
9 June 2016
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 YAFF

And the 2016 YAFF winners are… The 2016 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 3 June 2016 at the American Church […]
19 April 2016
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Renewing the American Library in Paris

Renewing the American Library in Paris The impending renovation of the Library’s premises has evolved over three years of conversation and planning, and drawing and choosing, […]
8 April 2016
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Megan Mayhew Bergman on natural farming and sustainability

Megan Mayhew Bergman on natural farming and sustainability Join Library Visiting Fellow Megan Mayhew Bergman on Wednesday 20 April at 10h00 in a discussion about the […]
5 April 2016
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Library Culture Picks: April 2016

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. This month, we recommend the […]
14 March 2016
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Some books we’re enjoying right now

What Library staff is reading and recommending Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteers. For more staff recommendations, check regularly our display […]
8 March 2016
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Library Culture Picks: March 2016

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month, including a new Los Angeles-themed […]
26 February 2016
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New fiction, biographies and travel

New books have arrived! The arrival of new books at the Library is always highly anticipated. Our recent additions in both fiction and non-fiction center on […]
23 February 2016
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Library staff on “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Library staff on To Kill a Mockingbird The Library staff honors the legacy of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by telling the stories of […]
9 February 2016

2015 YAFF story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème)

2015 YAFF winning story by Else Nye (7th grade/5ème) The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival […]
5 February 2016
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Mock Caldecott 2016: The Library Favorite

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the “most distinguished American picture book for children” by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of […]
3 February 2016
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Library Culture Picks: February 2016

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Here are our Culture Picks […]
1 February 2016
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Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition

Books for the James A. Emanuel exhibition The Library is pleased to present a collection of books and poetry in conjunction with the exhibition Black Man […]
29 January 2016
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Jury named for 2016 Book Award

Jury named for 2016 Book Award Three distinguished writers, two of them past winners of the American Library in Paris Book Award, have agreed to serve […]
19 January 2016
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New titles for the new year

New titles for your reading pleasure The new year is well on its way, but it’s early enough for keeping up on those new resolutions. We […]
13 January 2016
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In Memoriam: David Bowie’s Top Books

David Bowie’s Top Reads David Bowie’s list of his top 100 books was published in 2013 and includes some banned classics (1984, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, […]
4 January 2016
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Library Culture Picks: January 2016

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened […]
7 December 2015
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Library Culture Picks: December 2015

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. Despite all that has happened […]
5 December 2015
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We’ve got the NYTimes 10 Best Books of 2015

The 10 Best Books of 2015 The New York Times Book Review editors have selected their 10 best books of 2015, and the Library is pleased […]
3 December 2015
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Some books we’re enjoying right now

Some books we are enjoying right now Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteers to start off your holiday season. For more […]
23 November 2015
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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris

Thanksgiving at Café de Mars For Americans living in Paris, it’s hard to tell that Thanksgiving is coming up real soon. There aren’t any big turkeys (yet) […]
20 November 2015
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The secret life of librarians

The secret life of librarians Circulation assistant Eric Hengesbaugh recently returned from a vacation trip to California under unexpected conditions. An avid mountain climber, Eric sustained […]
17 November 2015

Helping children cope with anxiety

In response to the tragic events in Paris this past weekend, the Library staff has asked crisis counselor Keri Hicks for permission to repost these tips […]
16 November 2015

A message from the director

Dear friends and members of the American Library: Like all Parisians, the expatriates and others who make up our Library community are feeling shock and grief […]
10 November 2015
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So thankful for Halloween!

Thank you for a great Halloween! This year the Library welcomed hundreds of guests for our annual Halloween Extravaganza on 31 October! Eric the Macigian, Matt […]
3 November 2015
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Library Culture Picks: November 2015

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. The month of November is […]
26 October 2015
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New cookbooks for you to savor

New cookbooks to savor… As the days get shorter and cooler, our thoughts turn to the pending holiday season and all the cooking and entertaining that […]
26 October 2015
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New cookbooks for you to savor

New cookbooks to savor… As the days get shorter and cooler, our thoughts turn to the pending holiday season and all the cooking and entertaining that […]
14 October 2015
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A Library cameo in the new Sebastian Faulks

A Library cameo in the new Sebastian Faulks The latest novel by Sebastian Faulks, Where My Heart Used to Beat, has a narrator who passes through […]
5 October 2015
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On writing Lolita

On writing Lolita Vladimir Nabokov wrote his famous novel as he was touring the U.S. with his wife Véra to research butterflies in their natural environment. […]
30 September 2015
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Library Culture Picks: October 2015

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. These events include exhibitions, performances, […]
29 September 2015
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La rentrée 2015: Mysteries

Great new mysteries and thriller titles The Library is thrilled to welcome these new titles of mystery coming very soon to our collection. You can place […]
29 September 2015
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A MacArthur “genius” grant to Ta-Nehisi Coates

A MacArthur “genius” grant to Ta-Nehisi Coates Congratulations to the Library’s winter 2015 Visiting Fellow, Ta-Nehisi Coates, for winning one of the coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius” […]
28 September 2015
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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 Shortlist

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 Shortlist The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. […]
14 September 2015
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La rentrée 2015: Fiction

Great new fiction titles The Library is thrilled to welcome these new titles of fiction coming very soon to our collection. You can place a request […]
6 September 2015
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La rentrée 2015: Graphic Novels

Great new graphic novels The Library has recently acquired some great new graphic novels, just in time for la rentrée! Come check them out in the […]
1 September 2015
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Library Culture Picks: September 2015

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city for the month of September. These events […]
24 August 2015
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Remembering William Jay Smith (1918-2015)

William Jay Smith (1918-2015) The American Library in Paris has lost a great friend of long standing, the celebrated American poet and part-time Parisian William Jay […]
17 August 2015
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Say goodbye to summer with shorts

Summer shorts Summer days will soon be coming to an end, and the time to read that long novel or biography may become more scarce. We […]
30 July 2015
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Five books shortlisted for the 2015 Book Award

The 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award Shortlist Five books have been selected for the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award. They are: The […]
30 July 2015
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How about these books for your summer reading?

Some books we are enjoying right now Here are some book recommendations from the Libary staff and volunteer to take with you on your summer holidays. […]
23 June 2015
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10 Book Challenge for teens

10 Book Challenge for Teens The Library is organizing a 10 Book Challenge for our teens as part of the Summer Reading Program. From 20 June […]
18 June 2015
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Hot New Reads for Summer 2015

Twelve exciting new titles published this year Here’s a list of hot new books that have recently been or will soon be entered into the Library […]
3 June 2015
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And the winners of the 2015 YAFF are…

And the 2015 YAFF winners are… The 2015 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 5 June 2015. Over 220 people attended the […]
3 June 2015
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Library Culture Picks: June 2015

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. These events include exhibitions, performances, […]
1 June 2015
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Books coming to a theatre soon…

 Books becoming movies It’s been said that 2015 was a great year for movie adaptations from books. From Still Alice (by Lisa Genova) to The Mortdecai […]
20 May 2015
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The Library in 95 tweets

The American Library in Paris was founded on 20 May 1920 with a core collection of books sent over by the American Library Association Library War […]
6 May 2015
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Library Culture Picks: May 2015

The American Library in Paris is pleased to share our selection of cultural events going on in the city each month. These events include exhibitions, performances, […]
29 April 2015
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Teen Author Smash Review

 Our Teen Author Smash was a success! OK we might be a bit biased but we think everyone who attended enjoyed the evening. Our staff, volunteers […]
17 April 2015
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What we’re reading right now…

Some books we are enjoying right now Surrounded by books all day, Library staff and volunteers are always reading. After being asked countless times what books […]
3 April 2015
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Reading nominees of the 2015 International Man Booker Prize

Reading nominees of the 2015 International Man Booker Prize In anticipation for the announcement of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, the Library has put together […]
2 April 2015
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To hoard or to tidy up?

To hoard or to tidy up…that is the question Browsing in the Library can lead to serendipitous discoveries, as can working in the Library. In the […]
27 March 2015
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Gala 2015 – reading Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

Reading Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman The Library will welcome two distinguished American novelists, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, as the guests of honor and speakers […]
20 March 2015
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Say it, spell it, say it

2015 Paris Spelling Bee Twenty-one finalists from the fourth to sixth grades (CM1-6ème) competed in the seventh annual Paris Spelling Bee at the American Library in […]
10 March 2015
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Malcolm X in the stacks

Malcolm X in the stacks It’s been 50 years since Malcolm X was assassinated on 21 February 1965. On this occasion, France Ô created a documentary […]
24 February 2015
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Celebrating Teenage Authors

Teenage Authors There are many authors who wrote in their teens. Check out what they wrote! In the Forests of the Night (1999) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes […]
16 February 2015
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We love books about…books

Enjoying books about … books At the Library, we’re a community of bibliophiles. What better way to honor our shared passion than highlighting books in our […]
12 February 2015
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Sweets for the sweet

Sweets for the sweet… Everyone seems to have a different opinion about how best to spend Valentine’s Day. There are certainly enough prix-fixe menus for this […]
2 February 2015

Writing tips & tricks for the Young Authors Fiction Festival

Writing tips & tricks to help you submit for the Young Authors Fiction Festival It’s creative writing season again! The Library encourages young authors all over […]
19 January 2015
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Dare to have a dream: books to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dare to have a dream: books to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy on his birthday, we have put together […]
9 January 2015
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15 books we can’t wait to read in 2015 (Part 2)

15 new books we can’t wait to read in 2015 (part 2) Here is a short list of the books (part 2 of 2) that we […]
6 January 2015
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15 books we can’t wait to read in 2015 (Part 1)

15 new books we can’t wait to read in 2015 (part 1) To get you started on a year of excellent reads, the Library has just […]
4 December 2014
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Top 20 most circulated books in 2014

Top 20 most circulated books in 2014 The year is coming to a close, and we look back at the top 20 most circulated books in […]
27 November 2014
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Books we are most thankful for

Books we are most thankful for We are thankful for many things in our lives and as we work surrounded by books everyday, we are of […]
20 November 2014
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Cookbooks to inspire your holiday table

In search of culinary inspirations for the holiday table Food plays an essential part of holiday celebrations. Whether you plan on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or […]
13 November 2014

Matilda’s blog post

4 November 2014
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The winner of the 2014 Book Award

An Officer and a Spy wins 2014 Book Award An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris, is the winner of the second annual American Library […]
27 October 2014
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Mimi Thorisson shares a recipe for galette Pérougienne

Galettete Pérougienne by Mimi Thorisson This is a wonderful speciality from the medieval town of Pérouges, near Lyon, made from a lemony yeasted brioche dough that […]
26 October 2014
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Novel-writing workshop with Jessica Levine

  THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. In this nine-part writing workshop for Library members we will look at story structure and characterization, as well as stylistic […]
25 October 2014
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Gone Girl reviewed by Wendy Simpson

A review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is first and foremost a good story. I was hooked from page one. Nick and […]
22 October 2014
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Oscar de la Renta Remembered

Remembering Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014)  “I have always felt my role as a designer is to do the very best I can for a woman […]
13 October 2014
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Lobrano and Dusoulier in conversation about French food

 Alexander Lobrano and Clothilde Dusoulier talk about French food and more… Food writers and bloggers Alexander Lobrano and Clothilde Dusoulier met with Library staff at Hotel […]
25 September 2014
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Banned Books Week

 Banned Books Week: Celebrate the freedom to read The freedom to not only to choose what we read, but also to select from a full array […]
30 August 2014
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Best books for fall 2014

 The most anticipated books for Fall 2014 With the rentrée littéraire in full swing, it’s time to trade in our summer reads for fall’s most anticipated books. […]
17 July 2014
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Nadine Gordimer Remembered

In memory of Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)  Nobel prize-winning South African writer Nadine Gordimer passed on 13 July 2014 at the age of 90. She was an outspoken […]
4 July 2014
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Teens’ Top Ten Nominee Books

The nominees are here! The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate 25 of their favorite books of the previous year and […]
30 June 2014

2014 ALA Annual Conference – The future of libraries

The Future of Libraries The 2014 ALA Annual Conference continues at a relentless pace, with concurrent speaker sessions, poster sessions, informal discussions, and author signings with […]
28 June 2014
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2014 ALA Annual Conference – Day 1

The 2014 American Library Association Annual Meeting Library staff members Pauline Lemasson and Celeste Rhoads are reporting from the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, which officially kicked […]
15 June 2014
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Summer is a mixtape reading club for teens

Summer is a MixtapeTeen Summer Reading Club 2014 As part of the Summer is a Mixtape Teen Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young […]
14 June 2014
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Rock ‘n’ Read summer reading list for kids

Rock ‘n’ ReadSummer Reading Club 2014 As part of the Rock ‘n’ Read Summer Reading Club 2014, Celeste Rhoads, the Children and Young Adults’ Services manager, […]
10 June 2014
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And the winners of the 2014 YAFF are…

And the 2014 YAFF winners are… The 2014 Young Authors Fiction Festival culminated with a celebration event on Friday 6 June 2014. Over 240 people attended […]
10 June 2014
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Researching America in 1914

Researching America in 1914   I enjoy history generally, but especially obscure history, the story of the underdog and the forgotten. So it was very exciting […]
5 June 2014
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The Julia Child fascination

The Julia Child fascination   Julia Child Rules is the fourth and final installment in what has been dubbed my “Kick Ass Women” series — a […]
29 May 2014
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Maya Angelou Remembered

In Memory of Maya Angelou (1928-2014)   Maya Angelou, whose landmark 1969 book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings — an unsparing account of growing […]
19 May 2014
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Paris Before Haussmann

Paris Before Haussmann   I decided to write How Paris Became Paris for two reasons. In the first place, I wanted to set the record straight.  […]
16 May 2014
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Translating ‘Welcome To the Free Zone’

Translating Welcome to the Free Zone   Translators will read a book “with more care than anybody else, more demandingly, more enquiringly” writes Daniel Hahn in […]
18 April 2014
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Gabriel García Márquez remembered

Gabriel García Márquez remembered The literary titan and Nobel Prize recipient Gabriel García Márquez passed away in Mexico City on Thursday 17 April 2014 at the […]
31 March 2014
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In David Lebovitz’s Paris Kitchen

David Lebovitz was interviewed by Library staff members Grant Rosenberg and Pauline Lemasson in his beautifully renovated Paris kitchen. What follows are excerpts of his remarks. […]
27 March 2014
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Susan Harloe on Zona Gale

Why Zona Gale? People often ask us, “Who’s the author of your next story?” With In Friendship, which performs this Thursday 27 March and Friday 28 […]
25 March 2014
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Reza Aslan on religion and society

Reza Aslan was interviewed by Library staff members Grant Rosenberg and Pauline Lemasson before his talk. What follows are excerpts of his remarks. What is your […]
17 March 2014
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The building blocks to handwriting success

What do you think are the most important steps to handwriting success? Many children, eager to begin writing and drawing, develop unusual grasping patterns because their […]
2 March 2014
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Repairing and unrepairing books

Repairing and unrepairing books Captain Louis H. Cohn, owner of The House of Books, a New York bookshop specializing in modern first editions, once loaned Ernest […]
1 March 2014

Guiding your young authors through the creative writing process – developing writers

Young authors all over the greater Paris area are writing furiously in preparation for the 2014 Young Authors’ Fiction Festival (YAFF), co-sponsored by Time Traveler Tours […]
27 February 2014
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Fans of fashion

Fans of fashion   For those who can’t make it to the catwalks during the 2014 Paris Fashion Week, the Library can provide inspiration for your […]
20 February 2014

Guiding your young authors through the creative writing process – Emerging writers

Young authors all over the greater Paris area are sharpening their pencils and collecting story nuggets in their writing journals in preparation for the 2014 Young […]
6 February 2014

Guiding your young authors through the creative writing process – Pre-readers

Young authors all over the greater Paris area are sharpening their pencils and collecting story nuggets in their writing journals in preparation for the 2014 Young […]
5 February 2014
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The Caldecott and Newbery winners are in..

On Monday 27 January the American Library Association announced the winners of the most prestigious awards for American children’s books: the Newbery and Caldecott medals, which […]
31 January 2014
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Ann Mah: Reading and eating in Paris

 Reading and Eating in Paris   For me, the only thing better than eating in Paris is reading in Paris. Happily for us Anglophones, the City […]
27 January 2014

Mary Louise Roberts: The Other Stories of GIs in France After Liberation

    The Other Stories of GIs in France After Liberation    As I sat in the tiny room of a local archive in Le Havre, […]
20 January 2014

Justin E.H. Smith: On writing about French identity, shared culture and immigration

    On writing about French identity, shared culture and immigration     In my scholarly work I became interested some time ago in the way […]
15 January 2014
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Our Library’s most circulated books of 2013

Ever wondered what books get checked out the most at the American Library in Paris? Well, our circulation staff and librarians have compiled a list of […]
16 December 2013
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Great reads in 2013 by Library staff

The list of books below are some of the finest books we’ve read this past year. Not all were published in 2013, so it’s not quite […]
11 December 2013
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Why graphic novels matter

Why graphic novels matter   As part of the Library’s exhibit Art as Story: Celebrating the Graphic Novel, currently on display through 2 February 2014, we […]
3 December 2013
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First-time novelists on their work

The three panelist of our December 11th evening program give a brief sense of the origins of their novels and the concept of storytelling: On Theory […]
2 December 2013
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Fredrik Logevall reflects on Vietnam: Different dreams, same footsteps

Vietnam: Different dreams, same footsteps   Following are excerpts from remarks by Fredrik Logevall upon receiving the 2013 American Library in Paris Book Award for Embers […]
23 November 2013
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Thanksgiving à la Parisienne

Celebrating Thanksgiving à la Parisienne   With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we imagine that many of the Library’s American members and guests are finalizing their plans […]
18 November 2013
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Anthony Flint reflects on his visiting fellowship

Reflections of a Visiting Fellow   In a world where so much research can be done by Google, where the online connections are so vast and […]
25 October 2013

Susan Ossman: On writing about expatriates

    On Writing About Expatriates   My book Moving Matters began as a reflection on my own experience of living in France, Morocco, the USA […]
17 October 2013
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What is la rentrée littéraire?

  What is la rentrée littéraire?      In France the first weeks of September are of course synonymous with la rentrée – the end of […]
13 October 2013

New titles for kids

Written and illustrated by Molly Idle  Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans  Meet Flora. Meet the Flamingo. Now watch them dance. At first awkward, separate,   […]
4 October 2013
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Jerry Fielder remembers Yousuf Karsh

  Remembering Yousuf Karsh      The Château Laurier Hotel, where the studio was on the 6th floor, and where the Karshes had their apartment.    On […]
30 September 2013
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Anthony Flint: Deconstructing Le Corbusier

    Deconstructing Le Corbusier        Le Corbusier is widely recognized in Europe as one of the founding fathers of 20th century modern architecture. […]
26 September 2013

Anthony Flint named the first Visiting Fellow of the American Library in Paris

Anthony Flint, the recipient of the first American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship, will take up residence at the Library September 30 for several weeks of […]
23 September 2013

A Visiting Fellowship at the Library

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain a heritage as old as the Library itself – deepening French-American […]
17 September 2013
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Robert Wilson: Exploring the history of photography

    Exploring the History of Photography        I was in college when I first saw a glass photographic negative. Boxes of them had […]
24 July 2013
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Story Hour: We Know Our ABCs and 123s!

You’ll often hear us signing the alphabet song at Story Hour, but did you know we had a whole Story Hour theme on ABCs and 123s? […]
22 July 2013
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Dinosaurs Galore!

If you heard roaring in the Children’s Library recently, your ears weren’t deceiving you. It was our Story Hour about dinosaurs! Eager participants aged 3-5 got […]
4 July 2013
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Jeremy Massa: Photography and New Zealand

“It was the absolute silence, nature completely indifferent to the city, desert under the streets and the road, and, circling the streets, the desert just waiting […]
24 June 2013
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Summer reading recommendations from Library staff

This year the Library is hosting three separate summer reading clubs – for children, teens and adults. Stop by anytime after 22 June to sign up […]
22 June 2013
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And the YAFF 2013 winners are ….

The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival, in collaboration with the Society of Children’s Book Writers […]
17 June 2013
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Lan Samantha Chang: Thoughts on writing, reading and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

  Lan Samantha Chang teaching a class at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop        What is your overall philosophy for teaching writing? What advice do […]
3 June 2013
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Stephane Kirkland: The Legacy of the Second Empire in Paris Today

    The Legacy of the Second Empire in Paris Today        Those of us who live in Paris are reminded daily of the city’s […]
29 April 2013
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Ann Saul: From The Cutting Room Floor

Pissarro’s Places covers many of the cities, villages, and rural areas where Camille Pissarro painted. But one chapter had to be cut –one with a unique […]
29 April 2013

Jerome Charyn: The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson

  Emily Dickinson has haunted my life — her poems, her persona, all the tales abouther solitude. Ever since I discovered her in the seventh grade, […]
16 April 2013
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Nancy Kricorian: Paris, City of Shadows

    Paris, City of Shadows        I visited Paris for the first time when I was a twenty-year-old college student. I can close […]
6 April 2013
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Leslie Taubman: Les Enfants du Paradis –An Appreciation of a Landmark Film in the History of French Cinema

Les Enfants du Paradis:  An Appreciation of a Landmark Film in the History of French Cinema        I have always been enamored of French […]
26 March 2013
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Annik La Farge: New York’s High Line & Its Parisian Muse, the Promenade Plantée

A Tale of Two Gardens: New York’s High Line & Its Parisian Muse, the Promenade Plantée       Photo by Annik La Farge I’m headed to […]
11 February 2013

Theasa Tuohy: A word on Vietnam

    For many the Vietnam War is no more than history. For those of us for whom it is a vivid memory, the 45th anniversary […]
10 December 2012

A new prize at the Library

Here at the American Library, we’re struck by how many books are being published about France every day and by how many of their authors would […]
22 November 2012

Winner of our first photo contest

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’d like to announce the winner of our first (Halloween-themed) photo contest: Gracie Dobson as Apple Dumplin’. As told to us by Gracie’s […]
18 November 2012

A recap of Michael Connors and his Splendor of Cuba

by Karolina Stefanski The American Library in Paris’ Wednesday, November 14th Evening with an Author proved to be a memorable event. The European launch of Dr. […]
14 November 2012

For aspiring young artists…

How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas and How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids Published by Usborne Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer Carole Black Usborne has published […]