Literature Out Loud

March 6–28

The American Library in Paris, in partnership with the Opéra Comique and with the generous support of Festival Napa Valley and the Florence Gould Foundation, is delighted to announce Reverberations, a music festival celebrating literature out loud. 

For thousands of years—as long as both have existed—poetic and musical traditions have shaped and informed one another. Join us in March for a festival highlighting innovations in the musical arts. In a series of concerts, conversations, and workshops, artists and authors will come together to offer a synesthetic perspective on the history of storytelling and sound.

We will explore literary history through musical performance, with events including a violinist’s tribute to John Ashbery, and will also hear from poets and literary historians, including Patricia Lockwood, Nobel Prize candidate Dimitris Lyacos, and T.S. Eliot prize-winner Anthony Joseph, as they trace the role of musicality in their own work. 

A masterclass led by American Library Cultural Fellows Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek will allow participants to workshop their own music. 

Offsite events with the Opéra Comique open further avenues of artistic exploration. 

A capstone party at La Coupole will revive the musical legacy of 1920s Montparnasse—drinking and dancing included.

Join us to listen, learn, play, and create, as we feature a diversity of voices working to realize sound, speech, and literature as symphony. 

Sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter, e-Libris, for forthcoming signup information for Reverberations events.


Offsite Events: Special Performances
Celebrating Composer Ravel
at the Opéra Comique

Atelier de chant participatif: Voix en partage
Friday 8 March at 10h00
Special ticket price for the Library community: 5€

Nocturne Pulcinella & L’Heure Espagnol
Friday 15 March  at 22h30
Special ticket price for the Library community: 10€

Voyage au pays de Maurice Ravel 
Saturday 23 March at 20h00
Special ticket price for the Library community: 15€

* The Opéra Comique is offering generous discounts on the above events to the Library community. These special ticket prices are only available by clicking the above link. Once on the Opéra Comique box office webpage, you’ll see full-price tickets at the top. Scroll down the page for the exclusive rates being offered to our community.