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Lehigh University selects The Most Human Human and Ready Player One for 2015 Summer Reading Program

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When members of Lehigh University’s Class of 2019 arrive on campus during the fall of 2015, they will begin their college experience by discussing both The Most Human Human and Ready Player One. Aligning with the Summer Reading Program’s “Technology and the Digital World” theme, The Most Human Human is author Brian Christian’s exploration of the ways in which computers, and research into artificial intelligence, are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Ready Player One, set in 2044 when humans have wrecked the climate and famine, poverty, and disease are widespread, focuses on teenager Wade Watts’ quest through a virtual world. Continue reading

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Kansas State University Students Dive Into Alternative Reality With Ready Player One

Ready Player One TPKansas State University’s Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) has designed an alternate reality game pilot based on the Kansas State Book Network 2013 book choice, Ready Player One.  The game will use narrative structure to draw students through a series of digital and physical spaces, and encourages students to use library resources and get to know the library systems.  All incoming freshman will be given copies of the book, and KSU has developed tie-in events to create a sense of community among first-years.

Click here to view author Ernest Cline’s presentation at the 2013 First-Year Experience® Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Click here to learn more about Kansas State University’s alternative reality game.

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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 Author Ernest Cline

The novel Ready Player One from debut author Ernest Cline has already won the 2012 Alex Award and has just recently been selected for this year’s common reading at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this letter to educators, Cline discusses his own personal  identification with the story behind the book and why Ready Player One has managed to resonate so well with the college-aged audience in particular:

The reception my novel Ready Player One has received has been, quite simply, beyond any debut author’s wildest dreams. Much to my amazement, the book spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, showed up on several Best of 2011 lists, and is even in development as a big-budget movie with Warner Bros.

But the facet of Ready Player One’s success I’ve found the most surprising—and gratifying—is how much younger readers love the book.  More precisely, they seem to be enjoying it not just as a big dumb adventure story.  They’re actually thinking about the chewier issues Continue reading

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UMass Amherst Selects Ready Player One for 2012 Common Reading

The Common Reading Committee at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has selected Ready Player One for their Freshmen Read Fall 2012 title!

Ready Player One, by debut novelist Ernest Cline, is the winner of the 2012 Alex Award as well as the 2011 School and Library Journal pick for “Best Adult Books 4 Teens.” This novel takes place in the year 2044, where living in the “real world” is an option—instead, humanity spends hours plugged into OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia.

Like many other people, Wade Watts dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world through a series of puzzles. When Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle, suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt. In order to survive, Wade has to win, and in order to do that he may have to leave behind his perfect virtual existence and finally face the real world he’s been so desperate to escape.

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