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book cover Flags of Our Fathers Film In Theaters

Based on the best-selling, ALEX Award-winning book of the same name by James Bradley, the film Flags of Our Fathers, directed by Clint Eastwood, opened nationwide October 20th.

In honor of the movie's release, Bantam has re-issued the book in a special movie tie-in edition, featuring a new foreword by James Bradley and new art from the film. Students will be interested all over again in this book.

For more information on the movie, including the trailer, click here.

To go directly to the trailer, click here.

For a teacher's guide about Bradley's book, click here.

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book cover Prepare for Constitution Day

We're pleased to announce that our new Constitution Day Teacher's Guide and Poster is now available online and by request. The guide, written by Nancy Schick, the 2005 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, offers teaching suggestions and classroom activities for engaging students in the history and meaning of the Constitution. It's perfect to supplement classroom observance of "Constitution Day" this Month.

You can view the contents of the guide here.

Printed copies are available upon request.

About Constitution Day:
In 2005, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring all educational institutions receiving federal funding to hold an "educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year." Click here for more information.

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book cover Voices of Freedom Re-issued to Coincide with Classic Civil Rights Documentary

To coincide with the first rebroadcast in ten years of the monumental series "Eyes on the Prize" on PBS, Bantam Books is reissuing Voices of Freedom. This classic companion volume remarkably documents the 30-year struggle for civil rights.

"Eyes on the Prize" will air for 6 consecutive weeks, beginning in late September and will run through October on all PBS stations carrying the program "The American Experience."

Click here for more infomation on "Eyes on the Prize."

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book cover Random House, Inc. Celebrates Banned Books Week

Observed during the last week of September each year since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take their right to free speech for granted. This celebration honors the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, stressing the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

Click here for a teacher's guide on censorship.

Printed copies of the guide are available upon request.

Click here for a listing of banned books published by Random House, Inc.

news in brief

• Random House, Inc. welcomes Osprey Publishing, the world's leading publisher of illustrated military history and military aviation books, as a new distribution client. Osprey also publishes general military history as well as special series titles spanning military history from the ancient world to modern times. For a complete listing of Osprey titles available from Random House, Inc., click here.

• Random House, Inc. is pleased to welcome Kuperard as one of our newest distribution clients. Kuperard is the publisher of Culture Smart!, Customs and Etiquette and Chic guides, which provide information about countries, their cultures, customs and etiquette for international travellers. To download a Kuperard Catalog, click here.

• Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Longlisted titles from Random House were as follows: Theft by Peter Carey; The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson; The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud; Black Swan Green by David Mitchell; The Ruby in Her Navel by Barry Unsworth.

• Osamu Tezuka's Buddha series (Vertical, Inc.) has won its second Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material, presented during the Baltimore Comic-Con held September 9-10, 2006. The Harveys, named after the legendary MAD founding editor and master storyteller Harvey Kurtzman, are given out annually to recognize outstanding achievements in the comic book industry.

John Updike has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, honoring a "significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form." The jurors were previous winners Ann Beattie, Richard Ford and Joyce Carol Oates.

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