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View Author Videos Now: the First-Year Experience® 2013 Conference

Random House hosted two author events at the recent First-Year Experience® 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida from February 23-26.  Video from the event is now posted to the Common Reads YouTube channel.  For your convenience, individual author videos are below:

COCKTAILS & CONVERSATIONS
Sunday, February 24th, 6:30pm-7:30pm

FEATURING:

*CHARLES DUHIGGauthor of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

*BEN CASNOCHA, co-author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

NINTH ANNUAL RANDOM HOUSE AUTHOR LUNCHEON
Monday, February 25th, 11:45am-1:30pm

FEATURING:

*SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

*DONOVAN CAMPBELL, author of The Leader’s Code:  Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done

*ERNEST CLINE, author of Ready Player One: A Novel

*KRISTEN IVERSEN, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

*JERRY MCGILL, author of Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

PRESENTED TITLES:

The Power of Habit HCThe Start-Up of YouQuiet PBThe Leader's Code HCReady Player One TPFull Body Burden HCDear Marcus TP

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RSVP for Random House Events at First-Year Experience® 2013

FYECocktailInviteFinalFYELuncheonInviteFinal The 2013 meeting of the First-Year Experience®—February 23rd-26th in Orlando, FL—is on the horizon.  If you are planning to attend we invite you to join us at our Cocktail & Conversations event on the evening of Sunday, February 24th, as well as the Ninth Annual Random House Author Luncheon on Monday, February 25th.  Please see below for more information.

Cocktails & Conversations
Sunday, February 24th
Click here for the official invitation: http://tiny.cc/8hmhow

Featuring:
*BEN CASNOCHA, co-author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
*CHARLES DUHIGG, author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Ninth Annual Random House Author Luncheon
Monday, February 25th
Click here for the official invitation: http://tinyurl.com/bwjs7o4

Featuring:
*SUSAN CAIN, Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
*DONOVAN CAMPBELL, author of The Leader’s Code:  Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done
*ERNEST CLINE, author of Ready Player One: A Novel
*KRISTEN IVERSEN, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
*JERRY MCGILL, author of Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

 Space is limited.  You may RSVP for either or both events at http://www.randomhouse.com/acmart/invite/

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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A Message from Dear Marcus Author Jerry McGill

Last year I retired from a profession that was probably the most challenging, the most frustrating, and in many ways the most rewarding profession that I’ve ever held. When I rolled my wheelchair out of my high school English classroom for the last time, I had to take a moment to recognize and honor all that I had gained from the experience. My reasons for choosing not to return to the classroom are complex and varied, but one thing is without doubt: to watch a student read, process, and discuss a work of literature is a thing of beauty.

I recall so well my freshman class’s heartfelt reactions to the suffering of young Elie Wiesel as we became immersed in the story of Night. Class discussions revolved around the cruelty of humankind and the necessity of hope, and their journals reflected just how engrossed they were in the journey. They experienced a similar reaction when the students (who were, like the school, about 92% Caucasian) Continue reading

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