Sir Terry Pratchett Dies at 66
We are deeply saddened to announce that fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at age 66, after battling Alzheimer's disease for eight years. Best known for the Discworld series, the latest of which is Raising Steam, Pratchett wrote more than 70 books during a career that spanned over four decades. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay, Transworld's managing director. "As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention."
2015 Alex Awards
We are proud to announce that James A. Levine's Bingo's Run (Spiegel & Grau) and Andy Weir's The Martian (Broadway Books) were two of the ten titles awarded a 2015 Alex Award. Bestowed by the American Library Association, Alex Award winners are recognized as books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
For a complete list of past Random House winners, click here.
Penguin Random House Sixth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators
Calling all tri-state teachers! You are invited to the Penguin Random House Sixth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators. Please RSVP soon as space for this event fills up quickly.
Held at the Random House building in midtown Manhattan on Monday, October 13th from 1-4pm, the event will feature ten authors who will each discuss and sign free copies of their book.
The featured authors are: Dana Goldstein (The Teacher Wars), Mark Chiusano (Marine Park), E. Lockhart (We Were Liars), Meg Wolitzer (Belzhar), Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project), Ken Ludwig (How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare), Michael Sokolove (Drama High), Jordan Ellenberg (How Not to Be Wrong), "Science Bob" Pflugfelder (Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove), and Benedict Carey (How We Learn).
Click here for the official invitation. Click here to RSVP.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• Be sure to tune in and watch American Promise
, premiering on POV, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, on Monday, February 3, 2014. Created and directed by Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michèle Stephenson, this documentary also ties into their new book Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life
(Spiegel & Grau).
• Sonia Nazario
, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
, addressed the United Nations in New York City on June 25th, 2013 about how to better manage global migration as part of its Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development. Click here
to watch Nazario speak to the UN General Assembly (Nazario appears at 23:50).
• Millburn High School in New Jersey has selected Born to Run
for Millburn's Second Annual Big Read! All high school students will read the book this summer and the greater community is invited to participate. Author Christopher McDougall
will visit the campus in October, coinciding with a charity 5K that is currently being planned.
Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip
By Kevin Brockmeier
truly stunning hybrid—a memoir told with the imaginative
vibrancy and the uncanny precision of the best fiction.
This book will floor you, and flood you with a torrent
of your own memories from the terrifying, electric threshold
between childhood and adulthood." —Karen Russell,
bestselling author of Swamplandia!
in the Lemon Grove
Angelou: The Complete Poetry
By Maya Angelou
her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted,
healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the
beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and
complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors
the writer's remarkable life.
By Erik Larson
the #1 New York Times bestselling author and
master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story
of the sinking of the Lusitania.
"An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation
into a legendary disaster." —Kirkus Reviews
The Book of Unknown Americans
By Cristina Henríquez
. . . . Striking. . . . A ringing paean to love in general:
to the love between man and wife, parent and child, outsider
and newcomer, pilgrims and promised land." —The
"Unfailingly well written and entertaining. . .
. [Henríquez's] stories illuminate the lives behind
the current debates about Latino immigration." —The
New York Times Book Review
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