Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Support and Give Voice to NYC Students
On June 13, 2017, the annual Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards were held at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. Sponsored by the Penguin Random House Foundation, the awards, totaling $115,000 in scholarships, were presented to sixty-two New York City high school students. Since 1994, more than two million dollars have been awarded to students and their schools by Random House, and now Penguin Random House, through this awards competition for original poetry/spoken word, memoir, fiction, and graphic-novel compositions. The 2017 first-place winners are:
Christy Deng, Memoir, Edward R. Murrow High School
Madison Aubey, Poetry, Hunter College High School
Sophia Zhao, Fiction & Drama, Bronx High School of Science
Julissa Salas, Graphic Novel, Hostos Lincoln Academy
Quameek English, Spoken Word Poetry, Brooklyn Generation School
Wonder Woman: From the Big Screen to the Classroom
The box office results are in and it's no secret that Wonder Woman is the superhero of the summer with the release of the first film helmed by the classic character. Students (and teachers!) who can't get enough are in luck--we offer an extensive selection of books and graphic novels starring the Amazon princess. Take Diana's story from the screen to the classroom with Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1 and check out our Educator Guide featuring discussion questions, essay and project prompts, and a guide for close reading.
Click here for a full list of Wonder Woman titles from Penguin Random House and our client publishers.
Introducing IDW Publishing
We are pleased to announce that IDW Publishing has officially partnered with Penguin Random House Publisher Services as a new client. IDW Publishing is an industry-leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels. Their catalog includes some of the world's most popular entertainment brands such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and My Little Pony; award-winning editions of classic comics including the Artist's Edition line; and #1 New York Times bestsellers like Love Is Love and March, the first graphic novel ever to win the National Book Award.
• 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.
A Queer History of the United States for Young People
By Michael Bronski
Adapted by Richie Chevat
Queer history didn't start with Stonewall. This book explores how LGBTQ people have always been a part of our national identity, contributing to the country and culture for over 400 years.
The Nickel Boys: A Novel
By Colson Whitehead
Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, this is a novel about two boys sentenced to the hellish Nickel Academy in Jim Crow-era Florida.
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy
Edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vandermeer
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy is an anthology including stories by pillars of the genre like the Brothers Grimm, Mary Shelley, and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Rare treasures from Asian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and Native American traditions.
Sabrina & Corina: Stories
By Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection—a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.
Cheshire Crossing (Graphic Novel)
By Andy Weir
Illustrated by Sarah Andersen
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