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Penguin Random House Confirms Author Line-up for 2017 First-Year Experience® Conference

prh-cr-logoPenguin Random House Academic Resources is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2017 First-Year Experience® Conference (February 11-14, Atlanta, GA).  Featuring books on social justice, identity, fiction, economic inequality, and more, we have a book and an author that are perfect for your school.  Click here to RSVP to our events. Our author lineup is as follows (in chronological order): Continue reading

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Northern Arizona creates online materials for common read, The Underground Girls of Kabul

9780307952493When members of the class of of 2020 arrive at Northern Arizona University in August, they will engage in thoughtful discussion on The Underground Girls of Kabul — Jenny Nordberg’s powerful and moving account of young girls who dress as boys in deeply segregated Afghanistan where girls have almost no rights and little freedom.

NAU has created materials to augment discussions: a chapter map to parse out topics and connect them to the text; a flier complete with author Jenny Nordberg’s campus visit information to promote the book and support discussion leaders; and a bookmark with title information.

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Click here for more information on the author’s speaking arrangements.

Click here to learn about similar materials that NAU created for their 2015 Common Reading program feature Bryan Stevenson and Just Mercy.

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New Voices Join the Discussion: Penguin Random House Common Reading Advisory Board Meets at FYE® 2016



Penguin Random House recently hosted its Fifth Annual Common Reading Advisory Board Summit in Orlando, one day prior to the 2016 Conference on the First-Year Experience®.

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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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Fort Lewis College Selects Dead Man Walking for their 2014 Common Read

Dead Man WalkingWhen the incoming Freshman class at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado arrive on campus in Fall 2014, they will begin to read and study Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking in different courses throughout the Fall semester. Sister Prejean’s memoir takes readers inside the United States’ death penalty system where she became the spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier, a man convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Prejean’s moving narrative takes a critical eye to our death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.

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Outcasts United Chosen as Common Reading at Butler University

Outcasts United TRFor the second year in a row, Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, has selected Warren St. John’s Outcasts United for their Common Reading Program.  Butler follows nearly 50 schools who have adopted Outcasts for Common Reading, including Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Ohio State University.  The book will be a primary focus for Butler’s Academic Day on August 20th, and will drive in-depth conversation among first-years, all of whom will receive copies.

Click here to view videos of author Warren St. John.

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Click here to learn about Butler University’s Common Reading Program.


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Eat the City Adopted for Freshman Dialogue at NYU

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New York University has chosen Robin Shulman’s Eat the City as their Freshman Year Dialogue book.  All incoming freshmen are expected to read the book prior to arriving on campus in August.  The program connects first-years with faculty members, and introduces them to life at NYU.  Author Robin Shulman will be speaking at the school in the fall.

The book chronicles the people of New York City – both past and present – who grow vegetables, butcher meat, fish local waters, cut and refine sugar, keep bees for honey, brew beer, and make wine. Shulman’s book shows how in urban environments such as New York, people have always found creative ways to use their collective hunger to build their own kind of city.  Eat the City is ultimately about how the ability of cities to feed people has changed over time. Yet it is also, in a sense, the story of the things we long for in cities today: closer human connections, a tangible link to more basic processes and a way to shape more rounded lives.

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