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Spine-tingling tales for chilly autumn nights

Monday, 23 October 2017 23:53 Written by
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 up with a spine-tingling book, and just in time for Halloween. From H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon and Other Macabre Tales to J.S. LeFanu's Best Ghost…

Podcast about the Library's Proust book group

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:36 Written by
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. They discussed the Library and reading Proust. It's Episode 10, Snow Leopard, and the segment begins at 22m06:   You can listen to the…

Interview with Adam Begley

Monday, 16 October 2017 17:36 Written by
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 Wednesday 18 October. Here he answers questions on his first memory being in a library and how he got interested in Nadar.  What are…

Read the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist

Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:48 Written by
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 October. Happy reading!

James Verini on libraries and journalism

Friday, 06 October 2017 14:02 Written by
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 Library during his fellowship. On Tuesday 10 October, he will talk in-depth about his time reporting from Iraq, and in particular the battle against ISIS…
  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 shorter and the weather cooler, it's a good time to take some refuge in one of many cultural institutions in Paris. As always, we've…

Fall 2017 visiting fellow - James Verini

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:24 Written by
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 on Iraq, where he lived for much of the last year, and on wars, insurgencies, terrorism and political violence around Africa, where he lived…

Were you up to the Challenge?

Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:10 Written by
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 participants gather to collect their prizes, play games and discuss what they had read over the summer. Participants posted their favorite summer read title…

Roald Dahl Day Fun!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:39 Written by
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 Children’s and Teens’ Librarian Kirsty hosted the event for 18 children aged 8-12 who created some very funny stories and new words that we…
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 the topic of "Dictionary as Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About the English Language" on Wednesday 20 September at 19h30.  What was…

Library Fall Open House & Neighborhood Crawl

Friday, 15 September 2017 21:33 Written by
  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 offer! Join us for a full day of activities including story time for children, guided tours, presentations, and voter registration for U.S. citizens. We…

Fall newsletter hits the stands

Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:16 Written by
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 and the exciting new programs and events in store for the coming season. You'll also learn more about the Library's intrepid new director, Jeffrey…

September Culture Picks

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:32 Written by
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 current exhibitions are to make you glad to be back in the City of Light. After getting inspired by one of the exhibitions below,…

Kids recommend...

Friday, 18 August 2017 16:37 Written by
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 enjoyed. All of the following titles are available in the Library's collections: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park About…

The Passing of John Godfrey Morris

Monday, 14 August 2017 12:03 Written by
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 good friend to this institution and many of its members. One of them, Meredith Mullins, wrote a tribute to him (which includes her own…

Birds of Paris

Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:11 Written by
        Our Birds of Paris Children's program on Saturday 22 July featured information about 9 different bird species that reside in our city including the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Rose-Ringed Parakeet and, of course, the ever-abundant Common Wood Pigeon. Program participants learned about the birds' diets and nesting…

New e-books for children and adults

Monday, 10 July 2017 15:14 Written by
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 and non-fiction (including the titles shortlisted for the 2017 Book Award), and thrown in a few bestsellers from this past year so you have…
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 France, have been announced by the Library. The books are: Duck Season: Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France's Last Best Place by…
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 African Republic. Ambassador Hawkins will begin his new duties in September upon his retirement after 27 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. He succeeds…

In praise of Susan Suleiman's new book

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:46 Written by
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 of the Nazi occupation in France, Suleiman's book is also an inquiry on the contemporary literary resuscitation of a Jewish writer.  A tale spanning…
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