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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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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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
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:
- Sam Bracken, MY ORANGE DUFFEL BAG
- Peter Buffett, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT
- Elizabeth Moon, THE SPEED OF DARK
- Darin Strauss, HALF A LIFE
- Blake Mycoskie, START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS
- Author Q&A