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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…

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…

Winners of the Paris Spelling Bee for adults

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:21 Written by
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 Marie Keem finished third.  Thirteen adult spellers participated in the spelling bee contest, held on 6 June. The event was organized by the Paris…
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 is sprinkled with a generous amount of sugar, dotted with butter, and baked in a very hot oven. the sugar caramelizes and each bite…

Researching America in 1914

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:46 Written by
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 to volunteer for the Library on the exhibition America in 1914, now on display through 31 August. World War I was such a monumental event…

The Julia Child fascination

Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:54 Written by
The Julia Child fascination   Julia Child Rules is the fourth and final installment in what has been dubbed my "Kick Ass Women" series -- a quartet of mini-biography/philosophy/self-help books that delve into the lives of my favorite 20th century icons: Katharine Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Julia Child.…

Maya Angelou Remembered

Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:15 Written by
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 up in the South at the time of Jim Crow laws — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach…

Paris Before Haussmann

Monday, 19 May 2014 12:44 Written by
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.  I seem to read everywhere that Haussmann did it all.  Paris before Haussmann, or so writers often repeat, was a medieval city, dark and dingy,…

Translating 'Welcome To the Free Zone'

Friday, 16 May 2014 11:31 Written by
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 the spring 2014 edition of The Author.  In translating Saint-Boniface et ses Juifs by Nathalie and Ladislas Gara into Welcome to the Free Zone, I…

Gabriel García Márquez remembered

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:04 Written by
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 age of 87. Read The New York Times' obituary, as well as coverage in The New Yorker.A selection of the Library's collection of García…
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 March at the Salle Adyar, the answer is Zona Gale.  And the next question is always, "Who?" Few today have heard of this remarkable…

Reza Aslan on religion and society

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:10 Written by
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 take on Laïcité and the concept of secularism in France? Laïcité isn't the separation of church and state. Laïcité is the forceful removal of…

In David Lebovitz's Paris Kitchen

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00 Written by
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. On living in Paris for 10 years This is a very interesting time for Paris because they’ve accepted this wave of expats. When I…
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 little hands are not ready for such sophisticated writing tools. Giving young preschoolers lots of time to get ready for writing is important. Allowing…
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 Hemingway a first edition of one of Hemingway’s own novels. When it came back Cohn commented to his wife, “look what he has done,…

Mavis Gallant remembered

Friday, 21 February 2014 14:33 Written by
Mavis Gallant remembered Mavis Gallant gave one of her last interviews to Granta, in February 2009, and the interview was conducted by the novelist Jhumpa Lahiri. She remembers the encounter in this New Yorker post. The two did a reading at the Village Voice bookshop at the time as well,…

Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:15 Written by
Mavis Gallant1922 - 2014   Mavis Gallant, the brilliant Canadian writer of more than one hundred short stories published mainly in The New Yorker, died yesterday at her home in Paris at the age of 91. The New York Times obituary tells the story of her remarkable life, and The…

Ann Mah: Reading and eating in Paris

Friday, 31 January 2014 12:42 Written by
 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 of Light offers a bevy of quirky, quaint and eclectic English-language bookshops, a veritable book lover's feast. But if you're anything like me, shopping…
    The Other Stories of GIs in France After Liberation    As I sat in the tiny room of a local archive in Le Havre, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Spread out in front of me on the wooden desk was a collection of angry letters, dated…
    On writing about French identity, shared culture and immigration     In my scholarly work I became interested some time ago in the way our society deals with the 'problem' of diversity. But it was only in moving to France a year ago that I realized that what…
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