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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. Continue reading

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The Random House Common Reading Advisory Board meets in NYC

l. to r., back row: Michael Gentile (RH), Jared Tippets (Purdue University), Jeanne Leep (Edgewood College), Elizabeth Bracher (Boston College), Steven Girardot (Georgia Institute of Technology), Tara Coleman (Kansas State University), Karen Weathermon (Washington State University
front row: Skip Dye (RH), Rebecca Campbell (Northern Arizona University), Jennifer Latino (Campbell University), Daphne Rankin (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Random House held its second meeting of its now newly-expanded Common Reading Advisory Board in the RH headquarters in New York City from October 24th-26th.  The board was launched in 2010 as a way for Random House, a trade book publisher, to better understand and serve common reading programs across the nation.  This past week’s intensive meeting included program directors hailing from a variety of geographical, institutional and program level backgrounds.

The summit featured intensive discussions about topics of important to common reading programs, such as: selecting a book, hosting an author and developing innovative programming.  One topic of particular interest was the way in which common reading programs can better engage colleagues at an intra-institutional level.  The meeting helped to deepen Random House’s connection to and understanding of this important university program, and has yielded a great number of ideas that Random House and the RH Common Reading Advisory Board will implement in the coming months.   Stay tuned for more details in the future….

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The Tiger’s Wife author Téa Obreht Visits Georgetown University

In August, Téa Obreht was honored as this year’s Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop author at Georgetown University. The Marino Family International Writers’ Academic Workshop has been taking place at Georgetown since 1995 and has featured authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Margaret Atwood, Dinaw Mengestu (a Georgetown alumnus), and Orhan Pamuk. The Workshop serves as students’ introduction to the academic life at Georgetown and is an integral part of the freshman experience. It affirms Georgetown’s commitment to the highest academic standards and adds a significant international cultural dimension to the academic formation of Georgetown students.

Obreht’s talk with the Class of 2016 during New Student Orientation included thoughts about her writing process. Though her debut novel The Tiger’s Wife officially took her three years to write, she said, she realized that she had been writing the book her entire life. Continue reading

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Random House FYE® 2012 Author Luncheon Videos & Photos Now Available

Video from the Eighth Annual Random House First-Year Experience Author Luncheon event is now up on YouTube. We hope you enjoy them and share them with your colleagues!

You may visit our YouTube page to browse all of the videos. For your convenience, we’ve also listed the links to the individual author talks (in speaking order) and the Author Q+A below:

Be sure to also check out the photos from our luncheon as well on Common Reads Facebook and Flickr accounts!

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St. Bonaventure students love The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Students at St. Bonaventure University could barely contain their excitement while attending a book signing featuring Rebecca Skloot, author of the university’s “All Bonaventure Reads” 2010 selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book signing was one part of a campus-wide event held on Sept. 29th, which included a free public lecture and small group discussions with St. Bonaventure students.

St. Bonaventure Freshman Elizabeth Johnson loves THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

St. Bonaventure Freshman Kayla Cronin shows off her Rebecca Skloot autograph

Elizabeth Johnson, Kayla Cronin, and Brooke Huebner pose after the book signing

St. Bonaventure Freshmen with author Rebecca Skloot

See a photo of Henrietta Lacks’s visit to St. Bonaventure!

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