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Whittier Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the Whittier community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and participate in special programs which are offered at our Libraries.

Whittier Public Library Foundation has been the sponsor for this community wide program from its inception since 2004 and has provided funding for the implementation of this program.

The Whittier Public Library in partnership with the Foundation will offer a variety of programs throughout the month of April for the community.

The selection for the 2019 Whittier Reads is “Pancakes in Paris” by Craig Carlson.

Pancakes in Paris

About the book:

"Craig Carlson was the last person anyone would have expected to open an American diner in Paris.  He came from humble beginnings in a working-class town in Connecticut, had never worked in a restaurant, and didn't know anything about starting a brand-new business. But from his first visit to Paris, Craig knew he had found the city of his dreams. Pancakes in Paris is the story of Craig tracking down international suppliers for 'exotic' American ingredients, and even finding love along the way. His diner, Breakfast in America, is now a renowned tourist destination, and the story of how it came to be is just as delicious and satisfying as the classic breakfast that tops ite menu." from the back cover

Copies of Pancakes in Paris are available for checkout or for sale at the Whittier Public Library.

About the Author

With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.  After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in film production. After winning the prestigious John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film,Wheel of Torture, which went on to win awards at the Chicago Film Festival as well as the Lucille Ball festival of comedy. In addition to being a produced screenwriter, Craig worked as a translator for Letters: Jean Renoir, a book on the famous French director.

In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and decided to open the first American diner in Paris, France. After more than a decade in business, Breakfast in America continues to serve authentic breakfasts and burgers to customers from all over the world. Pancakes in Paris is Craig’s debut memoir, with many more stories to follow.

WR2019-Author Photo


Monday, April 1:

  • Crafts and Film for Families (PROGRAM IS FILLED) -The Red Balloon - Central Library @ 6:30pm

Saturday, April 6:

  • Trip to Norton Simon Museum: Guided tour of Matisse/Odalisque Exhibit (PROGRAM IS FILLED)

         Bus leaves Central Library at 10:00am sharp.  Tour plus lunch: $35 per person. 

Monday, April 8:

  • Film: An American in Paris - Whittwood Branch @ 6:30pm - Free

Saturday, April 13:

  • Author Presentation and Pancake Sampling - Central Library @ 5:00pm - Free
  • Reception and Dinner for Craig Carlson

         Uptown Senior Center - 6:30pm - Tickets: $60 general public / $55 for WPL Foundation members.

Wednesday, April 17:

  • Group Discussion of Pancakes in Paris - Central Library @ 6:30pm (Author will not be present.)

Thursday, April 18:

  • Film: The Louvre - A REEL CLUB documentary - Whittwood Branch @ 6:30pm - Free

Monday, April 22:

  • Film: Midnight in Paris - Whittwood Branch @ 6:30pm - Free

Thursday, April 25:

  • "Dîner à Paris" - Whittwood Branch @ 6:30pm - Tickets: $60 general public / $55 for WPL Foundation members.

Library Locations

Whittier Central Library

7344 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 567-9900

Mon-Wed 10am - 9pm
Thu-Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun Closed

Whittwood Branch Library

10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
Whittier, CA 90603
(562) 567-9950

Mon-Tue 12pm - 9pm
Wed-Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun Closed