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Random House Academic Resources Confirms Author Lineup for the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference


Random House Academic Resources’ author line-up for the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference (February 7-10, Dallas, Texas) is now confirmed.  Our authors hail from diverse backgrounds and their books reflect that: from books on social justice to best-selling novels, we will have something for every FYE program.  Here is the line-up (in order of appearance): Continue reading

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Human Nature During War: An Essay by Anthony Marra

9780770436421By Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth 2014)

My interest in Chechnya began when I was in college. I spent a semester of my junior year in St. Petersburg, where I lived down the street from a Russian military academy. Sixteen- and seventeen-year-old cadets, dressed in sky-blue uniforms, marched in formation around the neighborhood each afternoon. Several blocks away, outside a metro station, men a few years older than the cadets gathered to panhandle at rush hour. These men also wore military uniforms, though theirs weren’t as clean or so neatly pressed. A number had lost their legs and wore hemmed trousers. These men were Russian veterans of the Chechen conflict that the cadets might one day join. When the cadets marched passed, they stared at the veterans as if peering into their own uncertain futures, while the veterans looked back with pity. Continue reading

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Random House Currently Offering Free Galley Copies of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Constellation of Vital PhenomenaRandom House is currently giving away free advanced copies of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena takes place in Chechnya, and tells the story of eight-year-old Havaa, her neighbor Akhmed who rescues her after her father’s disappearance, and Sonja, the doctor tending to her, as the three ruminate on their pasts and confront the tragedy and hope that mark them and their war-ravaged land.

Marra, who is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford, was recently awarded a 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award, a prestigious prize that honors 10 young writers with great potential.  Click here to read about Marra’s Whiting Writers Award.

Please email rhacademic@randomhouse.com to request a free copy.

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