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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 manuscript where I didn’t know what was supposed to happen next. I wondered if I’d taken a wrong turn somewhere, if I’d ever be…

James Kirchick on reading and writing

Monday, 22 May 2017 21:28 Written by
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, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age. Programs manager Grant Rosenberg interviewed James on how he came to write about populism in Europe, his first…
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 you please" month! We've invited art historian Emmanuelle Day to curate this month's Library Culture Picks. Emmanuelle has chosen to focus on the great…

An interview with Clarence Tokley

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:40 Written by
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 make the Library the great place it is. One of our amazing volunteers is Clarence Tokley. Clarence leads the Library's Master Shot Film Club…

Lindsey Tramuta on the new Paris

Thursday, 04 May 2017 21:33 Written by
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, Places, & Ideas Fueling a Movement, a few questions about why Paris is experiencing a boost in creative energy, especially in the arena of…

The American influence on French libraries

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:43 Written by
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 just like my childhood library back in upstate New York. Books on open shelves, arranged by Dewey Decimal call number; a catalog searchable by author,…
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, Please In the poem, A Moment, Please, by Samuel Allen (aka Paul Vesey), the poet speaks of going into the subway for ‘change of…
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! Go out and visit these two beautiful exhibits exploring the wonders of nature. This is a great time to visit the Musée de la…
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 April 2017, the Library would also like to commemorate the centennial of the Library War Service of the American Library Association (ALA), of whose…

Viet Thanh Nguyen by the book

Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:52 Written by
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 a recent New York Times article. He calls the stack of books next his bed the "leaning pile of guilt." And he reveals that…

Thank you for a great 2017 YAFF!

Monday, 03 April 2017 14:38 Written by
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 intake of submissions in its history with just under 500 stories submitted by the 1 April deadline. Young authors ages 5-18 from over 30…
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 Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
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 Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…

A message from the Director

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:37 Written by
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 down as director of the Library at the end of the summer. I do so knowing that the Library is in excellent shape and…
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 Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…
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 Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and…

Library Culture Picks: March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017 13:55 Written by
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 on Vermeer (whose exhibition is touted as "the exhibition of the year"), art dealer Paul Rosenberg, and Pissarro and his time at Eragny. Library…
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 the link below to read:   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/the-hard-truth-about-refugees.html

The story of Loving, now in theatres

Friday, 03 March 2017 10:56 Written by
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 fought for their right to interracial marriage. Materials from our archives featuring the Lovings are currently on display at the Library: an article from…

New cookbooks to savor

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:11 Written by
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 Cooking for Jeffrey is described as her most personal cookbook yet and it's filled with recipes her husband Jeffrey and their friends request the…
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