Monday, June 24, 2013

ALP Presents: Lan Samantha Chang

The American Library in Paris presents Lan Samantha Chang tomorrow, 
June 25th, 2013 at 19:30. 

Chang is the author of two novels, the above All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost
and Inheritance as well Hunger, a book of short stories

She is director of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and her work 
has twice been chosen for The Best American Short Stories.
She's won numerous creative writing fellowships
including from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

On ALP's blog interview with her, she says
"We receive over a thousand manuscripts each year, 
and I look at all of them. I will read dozens of manuscripts, 
then begin a short story or novel and suddenly feel the human being 
on the other end, reaching out to me from the page.
My reaction is often physical- my fingers grow cold, my scalp prickles. 
It's a wonderful feeling and I never get tired of it." 

Read more of the interview on the blog here.


American Library in Paris  is located at:

10, rue du General Camou
(Just off the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower)
75007 Paris, France
• Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60
Tues-Sat: 10h-19h, Sun: 13h-19h.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Striking Mont St. Michel

Apparently, as a French air traffic control strike took place last week,
so too another strike was raging. 

Mont St. Michel, France's top tourist attraction
bringing in about 3 million visitors a year,
also went on strike, over transport access.

After a new shuttle program began, cutting out public transport and
bringing both workers and visitors alike to the site, 
workers say their work day is now lengthened with a longer walk
as they are forced to take tourist buses and be dropped further away.
Car park costs have risen 
and the mayor is already in trouble (hit with a fine)
for shuttling visitors to a spot where they must pass his shops and restaurants.

In retaliation, workers have been allowing entrance to both
the car park and the abbey for free! 
For once, workers are not making problems for tourists
but making things easier for them. 

With the new shuttle, reports are that visitor numbers have gone down
but with entry free at the moment,
 numbers are rising. 
Workers have been asking for talks.
Oh to be in France!

Info via
(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)  

Monday, June 10, 2013

ALP Presents~ Chris Boïcos lecture: Marc Chagall Between War and Peace

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This Wednesday, June 12, (2013) at 19:30, 
the American Library in Paris presents an art lecture and slide presentation
by Art History teacher Chris Boïcos on the works of Marc Chagall currently on exhibit at 
the Musee du Luxembourg through July 21.

The exhibit itself focuses on four periods of Chagalls' life and work: 
* Russia in wartime, 
* Between the wars,
* Exile in the United States and
 * Post War Years and return to France.  

The photo above is of Chagall's works created between 1968 & 1974 
for Reims Cathedral after his return to France. 
Many of his works in later years depicted scenes from the Bible and these focus on some of the foundations of the old and new testaments. 

If you are in Paris and love Chagall,
stop in for the presentation by a long-time teacher from

American Library in Paris  is located at:
10, rue du General Camou
(Just off the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower)
75007 Paris, France
• Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 
Tues-Sat: 10h-19h, Sun: 13h-19h.

(Photo copyright: Peter Lucas via Wikipedia) 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Treasures Uncovered~ Buddhist Thought for the Day

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, 
so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life,
one needs the light of wisdom
and the guidance of virtue."

In case you have missed it,
there is still time to get in on the last few days of the very first
Ten days of interviews with some of the biggest names in 
our contemporary healing world. 

Today is Day 6
so there are still 5 days of interviews.
Each interview can be accessed free for 24-hours.
Click above for more information.
Today's line up includes Dr. Wayne Dyer,
one of my favorites.

Uncover the treasures meant just for you.
You know them when you hear them
so take what you need from the treasure chest
and leave the lid open. 

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Norma Jean

Norma Jean Mortenson would have been 87 years old today. 
I had forgotten that she spent much of her early years in foster homes,
making her beginning, in my mind, nearly as tragic as her ending. 
I haven't yet seen Michelle Williams' version of her in My Week with Marilyn
but it's on my list.

Wish you were here, Norma Jean, 
for a party, flowers and 
to reminisce on the beauty of your life. 

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)