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“A man who said yes to life”: Wes Moore Thrills at Brookhaven College

9780385528207Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, recently spoke at Brookhaven College as part of their 2014 Common Reading program.  Nearly 700 students from Brookhaven and the surrounding Dallas County Community College Districts gathered in the school’s Performance Hall to hear Mr. Moore speak.  Introduced by Brookhaven English professor Hazel Carlos as “a man who said yes to life, who rebelled … who begged to be left to his own devices but could not because too many people had planned, sacrificed and lived for him,” Moore emphasized the importance of education, mentorship, service and social responsibility.  “The point of higher education,” Moore told the crowd, “is to understand what becomes all of our roles.”  The crowd erupted with applause as Moore’s talk concluded by speaking specifically to his support of community colleges.

The Other Wes Moore, named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book and winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for Nonfiction, has been selected for common reading at nearly thirty colleges and universities.

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Dave Eggers will discuss The Circle and Meet Students on College Campuses This Fall

The CircleAs the internet and social media continue to influence a large part of our daily lives it’s no wonder that The Circle has caught the attention of many colleges and universities.  In his newest novel, Dave Eggers, author of Zeitoun and A Hologram for the King explores what happens when the benefits of technology exact a dangerous price on humanity.

“[A] novel of ideas . . . about the social construction and deconstruction of privacy, and about the increasing corporate ownership of privacy, and about the effects such ownership may have on the nature of Western democracy.” —Margaret AtwoodThe New York Review of Books

Three universities have selected The Circle as their 2014 Common Read and are looking forward having their students discuss these ideas during orientation and further into the fall semester. Dave Eggers will visit each of these campuses to meet students and discuss their reactions to The Circle.

University of South Carolina, Columbia (Monday Aug 18th)

Virginia Commonwealth University (Tuesday Aug 19th)

Boston College (Thursday Sept 11th and Friday Sept 12th)

Dave is excited to connect with students and would like to visit even more campuses this fall! If your school is considering The Circle for Common Reading, please contact us at acmart@randomhouse.com to find out more information on Dave’s speaking availability.

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