The American Library in Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library located in the 7th arrondissement. It was founded in 1920 by the American Library Association using cases of books sent to U.S. soldiers serving in France during World War I. Among the first trustees of the Library was the expatriate American author Edith Wharton, and Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein were both early patrons.
First awarded in 2013, the Library’s Visiting Fellowship offer writers the opportunity to work in Paris for a month or longer, while participating actively in the life of the American Library. Writers should be working on a book project, either fiction or non-fiction, which resonates with the Library’s Franco-American tradition and interests. As part of the fellowship, the library will connect the visiting writer to resources and people in Paris that could be helpful to his or her project.
Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. In return fellows are expected to present a talk at the library, participate in a members-only dinner and appropriately acknowledge the Library in any publication outcomes resulting from the fellowship project.