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“A man who said yes to life”: Wes Moore Thrills at Brookhaven College

9780385528207Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, recently spoke at Brookhaven College as part of their 2014 Common Reading program.  Nearly 700 students from Brookhaven and the surrounding Dallas County Community College Districts gathered in the school’s Performance Hall to hear Mr. Moore speak.  Introduced by Brookhaven English professor Hazel Carlos as “a man who said yes to life, who rebelled … who begged to be left to his own devices but could not because too many people had planned, sacrificed and lived for him,” Moore emphasized the importance of education, mentorship, service and social responsibility.  “The point of higher education,” Moore told the crowd, “is to understand what becomes all of our roles.”  The crowd erupted with applause as Moore’s talk concluded by speaking specifically to his support of community colleges.

The Other Wes Moore, named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book and winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for Nonfiction, has been selected for common reading at nearly thirty colleges and universities.

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Brookhaven College (TX) Selects The Other Wes Moore As 2013 Common Reader

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Joining the ranks of nearly 30 schools, such as the University of California, Los Angeles, Marquette University and Goucher College, Brookhaven College has selected The Other Wes Moore as their 2013 Common Reading book.  According to Nelda Contreras, chair of Brookhaven’s Open Book Committee, the school is working on inventive programming such as panel discussions, contests and service-learning tie-ins to augment the book.  Their 2012 pick was In the Sea There Are Crocodiles.

The Other Wes Moore was the winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for nonfiction, and was named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book.

Click here to view a video of author Wes Moore.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Click here to learn about Brookhaven’s Open Book Program.

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Culver-Stockton College chooses The Other Wes Moore as 2013 Common Read

Wes Moore PBCulver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri has adopted The Other Wes Moore as their 2013 Common Read.  The book, which has previously been chosen as Common Reading at Florida State University, the University of California, Los Angeles and Goucher College, tells the story of two kids named Wes Moore who were born blocks apart in Baltimore and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police.  One, however, grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

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FSU Selects The Other Wes Moore for their 2013 Common Reading

Wes Moore PBFlorida State University has selected The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore for its 2013-2014 One Book/One Campus reading program.  All incoming freshmen are required to read the book prior to arriving on campus and students will participate in One Book/One Campus events during their first week of class.  FSU previously chose Random House’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2011.

Click here to learn about Florida State Universities One Book/One Campus program.

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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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Author Wes Moore Featured in TIME Magazine

We’re very excited and proud to share this week’s cover of TIME Magazine featuring Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore. Wes is featured as one of the five heroic veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who have created ambitious projects back home.

In his book, Wes sets out to answer a profound question of how the influence of just a select few individuals can alter the path of an entire life. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world. It has been adopted as common reading text in over a dozen universities and schools across the country.

Be sure to check out “The New Greatest Generation” issue of TIME Magazine on stands this week. Catch up on how young war veterans like Wes are redefining leadership.

Want to check out what happened behind the scenes of the cover shoot? Click here to watch the video!

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Virginia Commonwealth University Selects The Other Wes Moore as FYE Pick for Fall!

Exciting news this morning: Common Reads has learned that Virginia Commonwealth University has selected The Other Wes Moore as its First Year Experience pick for this fall!

Lets not forget that Moore will also be a featured speaker at next weekend’s First Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, GA. If you haven’t registered yet for the FYE luncheon, it’s not too late to snag the last few spots!

The Other Wes Moore is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation. It has also been adopted as common reading at Bay Path College (Springfield, MA), Cabrini College (Radnor, PA), California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA), and selected for community reading programs in Bakersfield, CA and Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR.

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