Monthly Archives: September 2010

Southern Methodist University videos get the word out about Common Reading

Looking for new and exciting ways to get the word out about your common reading selection?

Take a page out of SMU’s book.

To inform students about their 2010 Common Reading book, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, Southern Methodist University produced a video including an introduction to the book’s topic, feedback from other students who have read the book, and a welcome message to incoming first-year students from returning seniors.

View other SMU video for the 2009 Common Reading book, Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama featuring students, here, and director of First-Year Writing and Common Reading coordinator, Diana Grumbles, here.


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Dayton, Ohio to delve into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!

Community members of Dayton, Ohio will soon be delving into the New York Times bestseller and new common reading favorite, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book, which chronicles the life of the woman who changed science when her cells (taken without her knowledge) began to be used in medical research, has been chosen as the Dayton Metro Library’s Big Read for 2011. The selection was announced following an online vote in which residents of the city could choose between one of three books.

Read more about the Dayton Metro Library’s Big Read selection here.


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Murray State talks Thomas Mullen’s The Last Town on Earth

CommonReads previously brought you the news Murray State University selected Thomas Mullen’s The Last Town on Earth for it’s Freshman Reading Experience program. Mr. Mullen recently spoke to students at the university and has received wonderful accolades from Ted Brown, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts:

We could not have asked for a better presenter than Mr. Mullen.  He gave of himself, his knowledge, and his time freely to both our students and our faculty, charming and enlightening each one of the many groups with which he came in contact during his two days with us.  He was both eloquent and personable in talking with our students, showing genuine interest in them and in their ideas.  Students and faculty alike loved his book from the outset, but they appreciated it even more after being able to frame it in the context of his impressive personal presence.  There are great authors and there are great presenters, but they are all too rarely found in the same person:  Thomas Mullen is one of those precious few, and I recommend him most highly.

For more information on bringing Thomas Mullen or other Random House, Inc. authors to your campus contact

View video of Thomas Mullen speaking at the Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the 2010 First-Year Experience conference here.

Visit Murray State University’s Freshman Reading Experience webpage here.


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Author Eboo Patel quoted on American Muslims in The NY Times

Last Sunday’s edition of The New York Times prominently featured an article on American Muslims. Quoted in this timely article was author Eboo Patel whose book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, was published by Beacon Press in July.

Mr. Patel will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Seventh Annual Random House, Inc. Author Luncheon during the First-Year Experience Conference which is taking place in February.

Read the New York Times article here.


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