Open House, Big Book Sale and Bake Sale (BBB)

This Saturday, September 30th, is the library’s next open house and Big Book and Bake sale (otherwise known as the BBB) from 10 am to 6 pm!

The Big Book and Bake sale is not to miss. This is the ultimate win-win situation: support community services that the library provides while finding great book bargains…oodles and oodles of books and delicious baked goods for sale!

Angers Literary Festival

The first annual Angers Literary Festival will take place on September 23, 2023 from 10 am-5 pm at the Salons Curnonsky in downtown Angers. Free and open to the public, the festival will feature Paris-based American authors Ajiri Aki, Amanda Dennis, Kate Gavino, Jake Lamar, and Lindsey Tramuta. You can learn more about our fantastic line-up below. Although this event is free, we ask that you RSVP, so we can get an accurate headcount.


The festival is being held by the English-language Library in Angers with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, France.


Program for the day :

10-10:45 am–the festival begins with a warm welcome from the Embassy of the United States of America, France and the city of Angers.

Audrey Chapuis, Director of the American Library of Paris will speak about the future of libraries.

11 am-12 pmJake Lamar will speak about his new novel Viper’s Dream and living and writing as an American in France.

12-2 pm lunch break and book sale

2-3 pmAmanda Dennis and Kate Gavino will speak about having dual identities as a writer–Amanda as both an academic and a novelist and Kate as both a writer and an illustrator.

3-4 pm–Lindsey Tramuta and Ajiri Aki will talk about the women who are redefining Paris and how the city inspires their work.

4-4:30 pm–book signing

4-5:30 pm–Meet and greet with the authors (wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided)


Guest speakers and authors :

AUDREY CHAPUIS is the Director of the American Library in Paris. She has worked in libraries for close to twenty years, including posts at Widener Library in the Harvard College Library system and the Pritzker Legal Research Center at the Northwestern University School of Law. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2006 and her Executive MBA from HEC Paris in 2022. She is a passionate advocate for digital literacy, intellectual freedom, open access in scholarly publishing, and community building through cultural programming.


AJIRI AKI is the founder of Madame de la Maison, an entertaining and lifestyle brand that has been featured in Vogue, Domino, Remodelista, Grazia, and Metropolitan Magazine. She is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling Where’s Karl? A Fashion-Forward Parody about Karl Lagerfeld. Her most recent book is Joie: A Parisian’s Guide to Celebrating the Good Life. She was featured in Lindsey Tramuta’s book The New Parisienne.





AMANDA DENNIS is a Paris-based professor and author. She released two books in 2021–the novel Her Here, as well as a non-fiction book on Samuel Beckett, called Beckett and Embodiment: Body, Space, Agency. She has written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, and Paris Lit Up. She is the recipient of a Whited Fellowship in creative writing and spent a year as a Princeton in Asia fellow in Thailand. She is an assistant professor of comparative literature and creative writing at the American University of Paris.



KATE GAVINO is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of three illustrated books: Last Night’s Reading (2015), Sanpaku (2018), and A Career in Books (2022). Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, the Believer, the Washington Post, and more.





JAKE LAMAR is a Paris-based writer. After graduating from Harvard University, he spent six years writing for Time magazine. He has lived in Paris since 1993 and teaches creative writing at Sciences Po. He is the author of a memoir, seven novels, numerous essays, reviews and short stories, and a play. His most recent work, Viper’s Dream, is set in the jazz world of Harlem between 1936 and 1961. He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his first book, Bourgeois Blues), France’s Grand Prize for best foreign thriller (for his novel The Last Integrationist), and a Beaumarchais fellowship for his play Brothers in Exile. He is currently working on a memoir about his life in Paris.



LINDSEY TRAMUTA is a Paris-based journalist and author. She writes for a number of web and print publications including: The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Afar Magazine, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, Fortune, and Travel & Leisure. Her bestselling book “The New Paris” looks at key changes in Paris over the last decade and was released in 2017. Her second book, The New Parisienne, was released in 2020.


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Meet our new library director Mandy!




From left to right: Mandy Torsey-Guillet, new director and Phoebe Marshall-Raimbeau, retiring director


A word from Mandy…

I am thrilled and honored to be the next Director of the English-language Library in Angers. My love for this institution goes beyond words. Originally from Florida, France has been my home now for the past 11 years. Even before setting foot in Anjou, I had already contacted the library to inquire about volunteering. As for many of our expat members, I found the library was a home-away-from-home and a little slice of paradise… full of books in English! For our French members, I like to think that the library represents an inviting space where they can practice reading and speaking in English, their library card a ticket to faraway lands.
I believe that libraries are an essential part of society, nourishing our minds and bringing us closer as human beings. Libraries create a space where everyone has a voice. Our library in particular has an important role in bridging cultures and making literature and learning accessible for all.
The year of our 30th anniversary will be one of great change as we rebuild our team of staff and search for a new building. I’m driven by the challenge of designing a new space with the needs of our members in mind. Our team of staff is small but mighty… I have faith that we will create the right balance to continue providing the library services and activities that are so well-loved.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our loyal volunteers, board members and partners. After 9 years serving as the Activities and Volunteers Coordinator, I’m grateful for this opportunity to grow as an individual and the cherry on the cake is that the Director’s role will still allow us to work together but in a new capacity. Thank you for your steadfast support!
I look forward to seeing everyone at our Open House and Big Booksale on April 1st! In the meantime, if you want to get in touch, feel free to send me a note at
Yours from the library, Mandy