2016 ALA Alex Awards
We are proud to announce that Joe Abercrombie's Half the World (Del Rey), Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau), and Sara Novic's Girl at War (Random House) were three of the ten titles awarded a 2016 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.
New Teacher's Guide and The Da Vinci Code Teacher Giveaway
Dan Brown's bestselling novel and perennial favorite, The Da Vinci Code, now has a superb new teacher's guide available for download here. The Da Vinci Code can be read in a variety of curricular areas including history, art history, math, mythology, world religions, and English Language Arts. This guide was written with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards in mind, and teachers will find a variety of related questions and activities designed to help students engage in rich, meaningful study of the text and its many associated themes and subjects.
Teacher Giveaway: A complimentary review copy of The Da Vinci Code will be sent to the first 50 teachers to request a copy by emailing us (U.S. school addresses only; while supplies last).
Penguin Random House Seventh Annual Author Event for NYC Educators
Calling all Tri-State Area Educators! You are invited to the Penguin Random House Seventh Annual Author Event for NYC Educators. Please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot; space for this event fills up quickly!
Held at the Random House building in midtown Manhattan on Monday, October 12th from 1-4pm, the event will feature nine authors who will each discuss and sign free copies of their book.
The featured authors are: Ian Doescher, Shakespeare's Star Wars series; Dana Alison Levy, The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher; David Lubar, Sophomores and Other Oxymorons; Naomi Novik, Uprooted; Robert Repino, Mort(e); Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Choosing Hope; Lance Rubin, Denton Little's Deathdate; Jon Scieszka, Frank Einstein series & Guys Read/Guys Listen; Rachel Swaby, Headstrong; and Clive Thompson, Smarter Than You Think.
Click here for the official invitation. Click here to RSVP.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
E.L. Doctorow Passes Away at 84
We are deeply saddened by the passing of author E. L. Doctorow, who died on July 21st in Manhattan. Doctorow was the author of acclaimed novels such as: Andrew's Brain, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, City of God, Homer & Langley, Loon Lake, The March, Ragtime, The Waterworks, Welcome to Hard Times, World's Fair; essay collection Creationists; and short story collections All the Time in the World, Lives of the Poets, and Sweet Land Stories. Among his honors are the National Book award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, an Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.
• 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.
• 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).
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