Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Support and Give Voice to NYC Students
On June 13, 2017, the annual Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards were held at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. Sponsored by the Penguin Random House Foundation, the awards, totaling $115,000 in scholarships, were presented to sixty-two New York City high school students. Since 1994, more than two million dollars have been awarded to students and their schools by Random House, and now Penguin Random House, through this awards competition for original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction, and graphic-novel compositions. The 2017 first-place winners are:
Christy Deng, Memoir, Edward R. Murrow High School
Madison Aubey, Poetry, Hunter College High School
Sophia Zhao, Fiction & Drama, Bronx High School of Science
Julissa Salas, Graphic Novel, Hostos Lincoln Academy
Quameek English, Spoken Word Poetry, Brooklyn Generation School
Wonder Woman: From the Big Screen to the Classroom
The box office results are in and it's no secret that Wonder Woman is the superhero of the summer with the release of the first film helmed by the classic character. Students (and teachers!) who can't get enough are in luck--we offer an extensive selection of books and graphic novels starring the Amazon princess. Take Diana's story from the screen to the classroom with Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 and check out our Educator Guide featuring discussion questions, essay and project prompts, and a guide for close reading.
Click here for a full list of Wonder Woman titles from Penguin Random House and our client publishers.
Introducing IDW Publishing
We are pleased to announce that IDW Publishing has officially partnered with Penguin Random House Publisher Services as a new client. IDW Publishing is an industry-leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels. Their catalog includes some of the world's most popular entertainment brands such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and My Little Pony; award-winning editions of classic comics including the Artist's Edition line; and #1 New York Times bestsellers like Love Is Love and March, the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award.
Happy National Poetry Month
Since its founding in 1915, Knopf has prided itself on publishing some of the finest poets of our time. And for more than twenty years, the imprint has celebrated National Poetry Month by sending out a free poem every day throughout April.
To sign up and receive a free poem a day in April as well as enter to win a poetry library, click here.
• Dan Brown
, the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels including The Da Vinci Code
, The Lost Symbol
, Angels and Demons
, and Inferno
, is available to Skype with high school classes. Interested? Email us
for more information. Opportunities are limited so please respond as soon as possible.
• Emily Bazelon
, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
(Random House Trade Paperbacks), recently spoke at the 2015 National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Boston, MA. Click here
to watch a video clip of her talk.
• Erin Gruwell
, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation (currently celebrating its 20th anniversary), recently hosted a symposium in Washington, DC to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Day. For video and photos of the event, click here
. For books by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers, click here
• Anne Moody
, author of Coming of Age in Mississippi
(Dell), died on February 5th at her home in Gloster, Mississippi at the age of 74. A classic autobiography of a young girl growing up poor and black in the rural South, Coming of Age in Mississippi
is required reading on school lists nationwide.
By Edgar Cantero
With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo, and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism
By Naoki Higashida
Naoki Higashida shares his thoughts and experiences as a young man living with severe autism. Both moving and of practical use, this book opens a window into a mind that meets every challenge with tenacity and good humor.
The Clockwork Dynasty
By Daniel H. Wilson
An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries.
Behold the Dreamers
By Imbolo Mbue
Mbue has crafted an astoundingly insightful novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
By Candice Millard
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