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Penguin Random House Eighth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators

Calling all Tri-State Area Educators! You are invited to the Penguin Random House Eighth 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 Penguin Random House building in midtown Manhattan on Monday, October 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the event will feature eight authors who will each discuss and sign free copies of their book.

The featured authors are:

Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood;
Christopher Emdin, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education;
Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor's Tale: A Novel;
Nadia Lopez, The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World;
Mike Massimino, Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe;
Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers: A Novel;
Nancy Jo Sales, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers;
Tanya Lee Stone, Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time.

Click here for the official invitation. Click here to RSVP.

Questions? Email teacherevent@penguinrandomhouse.com.

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book cover Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Noble Laureate, Dies at 87

Elie Wiesel, a survivor at Auschwitz and educator to millions about the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, died at the age of 87.

Mr. Wiesel served as a Humanities professor, authored dozens of books, and in 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. "Wiesel is a messenger to mankind," the Nobel citation said. "His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity."

His first book Night, is an account of life in the Nazi concentration camps. Wiesel was the author of over 50 books, many of which remain in print with Schocken Books.

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book cover The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Movie Adaptation Announced

Oprah Winfrey is set to star in a movie adaptation of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the true story of how one woman's cells were harvested without her knowledge and used to create the first "immortal" human cells. Winfrey is teaming up with HBO Films and Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood, to produce the feature-length adaptation. She will be portraying Deborah Lacks, who comes to discover the truth about her mother's cells and their immense contributions to the medical field.

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book cover Books for Summer Reading Brochure Now Available

Our newest Books for Summer Reading brochure is now available. Featuring a variety of titles such as The Martian: Classroom Edition, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, and The Book of Unknown Americans, this resource is designed to help teachers and librarians craft their own summer reading lists. The catalog includes a range of topics and genres—from coming-of-age stories to STEM to fiction for young readers—to keep students of all grade levels engaged and learning throughout the break. All the featured books have been integrated with themes and companion titles that support the Common Core State Standards. View the brochure here.

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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.

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown
By Catherine Burns

The Moth Presents All These WondersCelebrating the twentieth anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, forty-five unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages.



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The Brain: The Story of You
By David Eagleman

The Brain"An ideal introduction to how biology generates the mind. . . . Structured around crucial and wide-ranging questions, saturated with personal and social relevance. Eagleman's answers are consistently clear, engaging and thought-provoking." —Nature


Lab Girl

By Hope Jahren

Lab GirlAn illuminating memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a long-time collaboration, in work and in life; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see and think about the natural world.

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Dreaming in Cuban

By Cristina García

Dreaming in Cuban(Reissue)

The haunting, bittersweet story of a family experiencing Cuba's revolution and the revelations that follow.

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independent readers

The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays

By Jason Quinn
The Beatles

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professional reading

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
By Sue Klebold
A Mother's Reckoning

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