The Random House Common Reading Advisory Board Takes NYC

Left to right: Tara Coleman (Kansas State University), Rebecca Campbell (Northern Arizona University), Steven Girardot (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jennifer Latino (Campbell University), Jared Tippets (Purdue University), author Gary Shteyngart (ABSURDISTAN and SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY), Elizabeth Bracher (Boston College), Karen Weathermon (Washington State University), Jeanne Leep (Edgewood College), Daphne Rankin (Virginia Commonwealth University and Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle.

Last month, Random House hosted its Common Reading Advisory Board for the third time in our NYC headquarters.  Like at last year’s meeting, the intensive three-day event touched on a broad range of topics, such as: the use of eBooks and audio-books in common reading; the ins and outs of hosting a successful author event; and how to engage other academic departments across campus.  The nine-member board truly did amazing work, envisioning what the future of common reading will look like while also rooting its actions and decision-making in present reality.

When not working, the Board broke bread with several Random House authors during the event.  They had dinner with Sampson Davis (author of LIVING AND DYING IN BRICK CITY: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home and co-author of THE PACT: Three Young Men Make A Promise And Fulfill A Dream), shared lunch and laughs with Gary Shteyngart (author of the forthcoming memoir LITTLE FAILURE: A Memoir, and novels ABSURDISTAN: A Novel and SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY: A Novel) and listened with rapt attention to Sheri Fink (author of FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: Life and Death In A Storm-Ravaged Hospital).  Both Sampson Davis and Sheri Fink will be presenting at Random House’s 10th Annual Author Luncheon during the 2014 Conference on the First-Year Experience®.

We thank the Board for another great year, and look forward to continuing the conversation throughout the coming year.

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