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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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Buzz Continues to Build for Ta-Nehisi Coates with Widener University (PA) Adoption

The Beautiful Struggle TRWidener University in Chester, Pennsylvania have chosen Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle for their 2013 Common Reading Program.  The book is an eloquently written coming of age story about violence, education and family during Baltimore’s Age of Crack.  Coates navigates his fathers’ attempts to carry his seven sons out of the inner-city—and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former staff writer at The Village Voice and Time and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic.

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Click here to read an op-ed from the author.

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Brookhaven College (TX) Selects The Other Wes Moore As 2013 Common Reader

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Joining the ranks of nearly 30 schools, such as the University of California, Los Angeles, Marquette University and Goucher College, Brookhaven College has selected The Other Wes Moore as their 2013 Common Reading book.  According to Nelda Contreras, chair of Brookhaven’s Open Book Committee, the school is working on inventive programming such as panel discussions, contests and service-learning tie-ins to augment the book.  Their 2012 pick was In the Sea There Are Crocodiles.

The Other Wes Moore was the winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for nonfiction, and was named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book.

Click here to view a video of author Wes Moore.

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Click here to learn about Brookhaven’s Open Book Program.

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St. Bonaventure University Chooses Full Body Burden For 2013 Common Read

Full Body Burden HCSt. Bonaventure University, a private, Catholic university, in New York, has selected Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden as their 2013 Common Reader.

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Virginia Wesleyan College Chooses The Power of Habit as 2013 Common Read

978-0-385-66974-0Virginia Wesleyan College has chosen Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit as their 2013 Common Reading book, which is part of VWU’s First Year Experience program.  “We chose The Power of Habit as our freshmen 2013 summer read because the book is engaging, relevant to students and can be viewed from many disciplinary perspectives, which allows students to better understand the liberal arts,” says Denise Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics and Director of First Year Experience.  VWC has developed a reading and resource page for faculty and students.

Already selected as Common Reading at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachuesetts, The Power of Habit takes students to the edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.  At its core, The Power of Habit argues that the key to losing weight, raising exceptional children, building revolutionary companies, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Continue reading

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Culver-Stockton College chooses The Other Wes Moore as 2013 Common Read

Wes Moore PBCulver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri has adopted The Other Wes Moore as their 2013 Common Read.  The book, which has previously been chosen as Common Reading at Florida State University, the University of California, Los Angeles and Goucher College, tells the story of two kids named Wes Moore who were born blocks apart in Baltimore and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police.  One, however, grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

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Madisonville Community College Selects Full Body Burden As Common Reader

Full Body Burden HCMadisonville Community College in Kentucky has selected Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats for their 2013-2014 Common Reading Program.  The book chronicles Iversen’s childhood growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant.  It has already been selected for Common Reading at California State University–Sacramento, Michigan Technical University and Virginia Commonwealth University, and has been chosen as one of the “Best Books of 2012” by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association, and a “2012 Best Book about Justice” by The Atlantic.

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