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Highschool, College, and Beyond – Great Books for Your Common Readers & Grads

                   

It’s May and you all know what that means…graduating seniors! Whether they are high schoolers going off to college or college grads entering the workforce, there is no doubt your students will be juggling pearls of wisdom from all sides.

This past Sunday, The Washington Post published a list of “Books for graduates setting out on that next big adventure.” Not your average list (Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is omitted) these books have been hand-selected by recent college grad, Elizabeth Sher,  the gift book-a-month program coordinator at Washington D.C.’s Politics & Prose.

Of the Random House, Inc. books that made the cut, Sher said:

A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind “should be required reading for all high school students heading off to college.” The book follows a young man to the Ivy League.

Bill Strickland’s Make the Impossible Possible “tells of the author’s big dreams, struggles, and successes making his Pittsburgh ghetto a better place.”

Both books already have an excellent track record among universities. A Hope in the Unseen has been selected for common reading at fifteen colleges and universities and was a Maryland state-wide read. Bill Strickland has received honorary degrees from fourteen universities, is a sought-after commencement speaker and has been recognized by Harvard Business School. Make the Impossible Possible has also been selected for common reading at four universities.

Click here to view video of Bill Strickland’s recent talk at the Sixth Annual Random House Author Luncheon during the First-Year Experience Conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Outcasts United is picking up speed. Check out new video from the author and new links.

With all the recent news about Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference,it is easy for us to explain to you all the reasons why the book, by New York Times journalist Warren St. John, will resonate with your students.

But how about hearing it from the author himself?

We’ve previously brought you video from Mr. St. John’s talk at our recent Sixth Annual Author Luncheon at the First-Year Experience Conference in Denver, Colorado. In a new video he once again addresses the impact this story can have on ever-diversifiying college campuses. The video also features video of the town of Clarkston, Georgia where the story of the Fugees is set, as well as footage of the Fugees and their coach.

Also check out this webpage by the Maryland Humanities Council, detailing their response to this intiguing story. Just a few weeks ago, CommonReads brought you the news that they had selected the book for their One Maryland, One Book program.

For more program feedback, visit our previous post featuring comments from Utah State University about why they’ve adopted the book as common reading for their 2010-2011 school year.

Outcasts United’s impact is farther reaching by the day. In a recent e-mail to Random House Academic, Warren St. John updated us on his itinerary. He will be appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, March 23rd and will be taking part in an event hosted by the International Rescue Committee. From there, Mr. St. John will be heading to Atlanta for Roswell Reads, the common reading program run by the Roswell Public Library, just outside the city.

Want Warren St. John to come to your school or library? E-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com for more information!

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Bill Strickland speaks at the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Wrapping up the afternoon at the Sixth Annual First-Year Experience Author Luncheon last month in Denver, Colorado was the dynamic Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary.

Over the past thirty years, the MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and built a better, brighter future.

During his talk, Mr. Strickland showed the audience images of the Manchester Bidwell Center, its students, and their work. Images, video, and other resources may be found on his website.

View other videos from the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon.

For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community, rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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Warren St. John speaks at the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Already adopted for several common reading programs at universities from Utah to Georgia and for community reading programs from San Diego to Maryland, Warren St. John’s new book about a team of refugee soccer players has undoubtedly captivated committees and readers.

In Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference , he takes readers to Clarkston, Georgia; a small town that, in the 1990s, became a resettlement center for refugees and a modern-day Ellis Island for scores of families from war zones in Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon last month in Denver, Colorado the New York Times journalist spoke about his experience getting to know the Fugees, their coach Luma Mufleh, and the citizens of Clarkston.

View other videos from the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon.

For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community, e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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Carlotta Walls LaNier speaks at the First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Carlotta Walls was just fourteen years old when she walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School with eight other black students to become the first to integrate the school in September 1957.

She spoke about this experience, her life, and her memoir, A Mighty Long Way, at the recent First-Year Experience Author Luncheon in Denver, Colorado.

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For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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Dana Canedy speaks at Sixth Annual First-Year Experience Author Luncheon. See it here!

As promised, we are bringing you video of our Sixth Annual First-Year Experience Author Luncheon, which took place on Monday February 15th at the Sheraton Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

Dana Canedy (A Journal for Jordan), Thomas Mullen (Last Town on Earth), Carlotta Walls LaNier (A Mighty Long Way), Warren St. John (Outcasts United) and Bill Strickland (Make the Impossible Possible)  gave talks on their books, highlighting why each one would make an excellent adoption for your common reading program. If you were unable to make it to the conference, or if you’d like to experience each of these wonderful talks again, they will be posted in several posts in the upcoming weeks.

First we feature Dana Canedy whose memoir A Journal For Jordan was praised and discussed in this recent post and adopted for common reading at the University of Texas at Arlington.

For more information on bringing these speakers to your school or community e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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See it here! Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible, speaks.

Check out these videos featuring Bill Strickland; CEO, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, and author of Make the Impossible Possible.

Mr. Strickland is a dynamic speaker and gives talks around the nation. To learn more about him and inquire about arranging a visit to your school or university e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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