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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.



news in brief

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

The Meursault Investigation
By Kamel Daoud

The Meursault Investigation "A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus's The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims." —The New Yorker

"An eye-opening, humbling read, splendid whether or not you know and love the original." —Library Journal

 

 

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In a Rocket Made of Ice
By Gail Gutradt

In a Rocket Made of Ice"It's hard not to fall in love with the author, the subjects, and the message of this beautiful book of stories and photographs. The warmth, the thoughtfulness, the writerly craft Gail Gutradt brings to an orphanage in Cambodia . . . teach us not only about wisdom and compassion, but also about how to give our lives meaning, right now." —Pico Iyer


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Thug Notes

By Sparky Sweets, Ph.D.

Thug NotesPraise for the hit YouTube series:

"A deliciously executed example of the application of street sensibility to high-culture, high-concept areas." —The New York Times

"Thug Notes delivers the innovation needed in education." —The Tampa Bay Times

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Just Mercy

By Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy"Words such as important and compelling may have lost their force through overuse, but reading this book will restore their meaning, along with one's hopes for humanity." —Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains




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