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author photo 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.

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Random House Launches High School Pinterest Page for Educators

Discover, share and pin innovative ideas for your classroom and students with our new Pinterest page. Complete with thematic groupings of teachable topics and anniversaries, the page is an ideal resource for the 21st century teacher and is updated frequently with books and other materials. Click here to check it out!

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Random House titles selected for Outside Magazine's "New Adventure Library"

The following Random House titles have been included in Outside Magazine's "New Adventure Library", which compiles the best "true stories of courage and survival" of the 21st century: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall; The Tiger by John Vaillant; The Lost City of Z by David Grann; In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides; Wild by Cheryl Strayed; The River of Doubt by Candice Millard; and On the Burning Edge by Kyle Dickman.

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2015 REVERE Award Finalists Announced

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice (Interactive Edition) and Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourself are both finalists for the 2015 REVERE Beyond the Classroom Awards.

The Beyond the Classroom competition "centers on products made for general fun, enjoyment, and stimulation used for informal learning and personal study." All entrants are subject to a rigorous evaluation process, which places emphasis on both professional educator analysis and feedback from product developers in the learning resource community to ascertain the finalists and winners.

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice (Interactive Edition), a finalist in the "Innovate" category, is being recognized as an original and creative classroom resource. The Interactive Edition contains the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations, hundreds of illustrations, and multiple interactive features. Watch to learn more.

Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove, a finalist in the "Play" category, is being recognized as a resource that specifically focus on learning through doing, allowing users to grow through imagination and exploration.

See a complete list of finalists here. Winners will be announced June 3rd at the Content in Context 2015 Conference.

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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).

new books

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
By Chris Bohjalian

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands "Suspenseful, provocative, often terrifying yet compassionate. . . . One of the most memorable teenage protagonists in recent fiction." —The Washington Post

"A book I wish I'd been smart enough to write: a masterpiece of narrative voice." —Jodi Picoult



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By Ernest Cline

Armada"Cline once again brings crackling humor and fanboy knowledge to a zesty, crowd-pleasing, countdown-clock, save-the-planet tale featuring an unlikely hero, adrenaline-pumping action, gawky romance, and touching family moments. . . . Cline's sly, mind-twisting premise and energetically depicted and electrifying high-tech battles make for smart, frenetic, and satisfying entertainment." —Booklist (starred review)


Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me"The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future. Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son's life. . . . This moving, potent testament might have been titled 'Black Lives Matter.'" —Kirkus (starred review)

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Station Eleven

By Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven"Surprisingly—and quietly—beautiful. . . . Unlike most postapocalyptic works, it leaves us not fearful for the end of the world but appreciative of the grace of everyday existence." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Station Eleven is so compelling, so fearlessly imagined, that I wouldn't have put it down for anything." —Ann Patchett

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independent readers

In the Kingdom of Ice

By Hampton Sides
In the Kingdom of Ice

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For Discrimination
By Randall Kennedy
For Discrimination

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