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16 February 2013
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25 February 2013

The American Library in Paris Writers Council

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Passouline smallerPierre Assouline, journalist and author, was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He has written biographies of figures such as Marcel Dassault, Georges Simenon and Gaston Gallimard. He also hosts radio programs on France-Culture and has written countless articles on literature and culture. For more than a decade and a half he has taught courses in writing and investigative journalism at Sciences-Po. Assouline has been a member of the Goncourt Academy since 2012, and writes a popular French-language blog about literature called La République des Livres.
julian_barnesJulian Barnes is the author of eleven novels. Flaubert’s Parrot, England, England, and Arthur & George were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and his latest, The Sense of an Ending, won the Man Booker Prize. In France he has also won the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina. The son of two teachers of French, he is also the author of short stories (Cross Channel, Pulse) and essays (Something to Declare, Through the Window). He has been a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary and London correspondent of The New Yorker. He was born in Leicester, England, in 1946, and educated at Oxford University.


laurent_de_brunhoffLaurent de Brunhoff, born in Paris in 1925, carried on the work of his father, Jean de Brunhoff, as the artist and author of the Babar books after World War II. In more than fifty books, as well as in films and television programs with which he has been associated, de Brunhoff has made the King of the Elephants and his family beloved figures to generations around the world. He lives in New York and Key West with his wife and Babar collaborator, the author Phyllis Rose.


christopher_buckley_newChristopher Buckley is an American novelist and satirist known for his Washington novels, including The White House Mess, Thank You for Smoking, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and Boomsday, as well as for comic essays in The New Yorker and elsewhere. His memoir Losing Mum and Pup is about his parents, William F. Buckley, Jr., and wife Patricia. Born in 1952, Buckley graduated from Yale University and worked as managing editor of Esquire, chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush, and editor in chief of Forbes FYI.


sebastian_faulksSebastian Faulks is the author of Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, and The Girl at the Lion d’Or, his French Trilogy, and of six other novels, a triple biography (The Fatal Englishman) and a book of literary parodies, Pistache. His Faulks on Fiction is a book of essays based on his acclaimed BBC television series about significant characters in major English novels. Faulks was born in 1953 in Donnington, Berkshire. After high school, and before the University of Cambridge, he spent a year studying in Paris and was a member of the American Library in Paris.
laura_furmanLaura Furman, born in 1945, is the author of three collections of stories, two novels, and a memoir. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Dobie Paisano Project, Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2010, she taught at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. She is editor of the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories series and is a professor emeritus in the English Department of the University of Texas at Austin.


adam_gopnik_newAdam Gopnik has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won him the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism as well as the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. His articles about his life in Paris from 1995 to 2000 were the basis of his best-selling book, Paris to the Moon. Gopnik is also the author of Through the Children’s Gate and The King in the Window and the editor of Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology. Born in Philadelphia in 1956 and raised in Montreal, he is a graduate of McGill University.


diane_johnson_newDiane Johnson, born in 1934, is a novelist (Lulu in Marrakesh, L’Affaire, Le Mariage, Le Divorce, and other novels); essayist (Into a Paris Quartier), and biographer (Dashiell Hammett: A Life). With Stanley Kubrick, Johnson co-authored the award-winning screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. She contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books. Johnson, chairman of the Library Writers Council, divides her time between Paris and San Francisco.


alice_kaplanAlice Kaplan, born in 1954, is author of The Collaborator, The Interpreter, French Lessons: A Memoir, and, most recently, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis. Kaplan is also translator into English of Louis Guilloux’s novel OK, Joe, Evelyne Bloch-Dano’s Madame Proust: A Biography, and three books by Roger Grenier: Piano Music for Four Hands, Another November, and The Difficulty of Being a Dog. She is the John M. Musser Professor of French and chair of the Department of French at Yale University.


philippe_labroPhilippe Labro, born in Montauban, France, 1936, is the author of seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction, including L’Étudiant Etranger, based on his year of study at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, Le Petit Garcon, and most recently, 7500 Singes. He has directed motion pictures, composed popular lyrics, written for magazines and newspapers, and served as a radio and television executive. In 2010, he became Commander of the Légion d’Honneur.
logevallFredrick Logevall, born in 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden, is John S. Knight Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, where he is also vice provost for international affairs and director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. His book, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History, the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, and the first American Library in Paris Book Award, among other awards. Logevall also serves as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).


lily_tuckLily Tuck, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel The News from Paraguay, is also the author of three other novels, Interviewing MatisseThe Woman Who Walked on Water, and I Married You for Happiness. She is also the author of a biography, Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante. Tuck was born in Paris in 1938 and lives in New York.


scott_turowScott Turow, born in Chicago in 1949, is the author of erudite legal mysteries, bracketed by his first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987), and its sequel, Innocent (2010). His fiction has been translated into 25 languages and has been adapted into a full-length film and two television miniseries. Long before, as a Harvard Law School student, he wrote a classic account of the first-year experience, One L. He has continued to practice law in Chicago while writing about such topics as the death penalty, official corruption, intellectual freedom, and Chicago politics. He is serving for the second time as president of the Authors Guild and is a leading advocate for the rights of authors in the digital age.



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