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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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View New Playlists on the Common Reads YouTube Page


Author videos from previous First-Year Experience® Conferences (2009-2012), featuring prominent authors such as Tracy Kidder (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS), Warren St. John (OUTCASTS UNITED) and Blake Mycoskie (START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS), are now accessible via the Common Reads YouTube page.  Just check the Playlists tab.

Click here to view the Common Reads YouTube page.

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Follow the Common Reads Twitter Handle


The Common Reads Twitter handle, featuring the latest news for common reading programs in schools, universities and communities, is now live.  The handle contains links to author videos, adoption news and author essays from.  Tweets also connect followers to the Common Reads Facebook and YouTube pages.

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A Message About The Common Reads App

CR_Ad_finalThis is Dan from Random House, and I wanted to write a brief note about our Common Reads app from Mobile Roadie.  I find that I use it on the go to look up authors and books that I am interested in.  Everything is easy to find, and I very much enjoy reading related blog posts and tweets, which are included.  Just the other day I was talking to a friend about Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.  I was able to quickly pull up the book’s information, as well as Charles Duhigg’s bibliography.  Overall, I find the app to be fun, helpful, and a wonderful space for catching up with my favorite Random House authors and books.

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Adoption Timeline for First-Year & Common Reading Programs

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Random House Academic Marketing has developed another useful resource for First-Year Reading Directors: the Post-Adoption Timeline.  This new, handy flowchart breaks down the steps that First-Year educators will need to pursue after a book is adopted.  Information about ordering student copies, author visits, and pricing are answered on this helpful diagram.

Click here to view Random House’s 2013 First Year & Common Reading Catalog.

Click here if you are interest in attending Random House’s events at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience®, February 2013.

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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….

To view additional Summit photos on our Facebook page, go to:  https://www.facebook.com/commonreads/summit

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The Other Wes Moore Makes an Impact on Penn State Berks Students

Penn State Berks recently selected The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore for its 2012-2013 Common Reading program. All incoming baccalaureate students were required to read the book prior to the start of the fall semester. We were thrilled to learn that the book and the author’s visit had a real impact; the university shared this positive feedback from one of its first-year students:

“All throughout high school as horrible as it sounds I never read our books assigned for class. I was never interested in reading something that just didn’t interest me, like Shakespeare. But, when I discovered I had to read a book for first year seminar, I assumed it would just be like all the high school books I was assigned to read. I went and bought the book, read the back cover and thought it sounded interesting and started reading. I was glued to the book and couldn’t put it down, which was a first for me.”

Click here to learn more about the Penn State Berks Common Reading Program. They also have a fun, informative, and interactive Facebook page now featuring The Other Wes Moore.


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