Penguin Random House Confirms Author Line-up for 2017 First-Year Experience® Conference

By Tim Cheng | December 12 2016 | College & University Reads

Penguin Random House Academic Resources is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2017 First-Year Experience® Conference (February 11-14, Atlanta, GA).  Featuring books on social justice, identity, fiction, economic inequality, and more, we have a book and an author that are perfect for your school.  Click here to RSVP to our events. Our author lineup is as follows (in chronological order):

AUTHOR DINNER (Co-sponsored by HarperCollins, Knopf, Macmillan, and Penguin)

Saturday, February 11

7:45-9:30 pm

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy

Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad: A Novel

Diane Guerrero, author of In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family



Sunday, February 12

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Room: Hyatt Regency-Piedmont

Penguin Random House will introduce and solicit feedback on the comprehensive common reading website that we are launching for colleges, universities, and communities around the country. Meant to provide reliable and up-to-date information on all aspects of common reading programs, we have created a website designed to be essential and responsive to the needs and requirements of administrators, students, and communities.

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Sunday, February 12

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Room:  MM – A706

Dion Graham, narrator of Evicted

Rebecca Campbell, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Cheryl Herman, Marketing Director, Penguin Random House Audio

Click here to view this session in the online FYE schedule guidebook.

Almost 50% of a college student’s day is spent in some form of listening, but little instruction on effective listening is taught in college. This session will focus on both learning how to listen and how to use listening as an important strategy for learning. Hear about the rising popularity of audiobooks and podcasts amongst college students and a variety of ways to incorporate audio in and out of the classroom.  Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to practice their own listening skills through an interactive demonstration and receive a complimentary audiobook.



Sunday, February 12

12:30-2:00 pm

Ken Ilgunas, author of Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland

Yeonmi Park, author of In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Tom Rinaldi, author of The Red Bandana: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy.

Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers: A Novel



Sunday, February 12

6:00-7:00 pm

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, authors of Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

In conversation with Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers: A Novel



Monday, February 13

11:30-1:15 pm

Dave Isay, author of Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work

Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Nicole and Wayne Maines, as featured in Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

Shaka Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison


Click here to RSVP for these events

Click here to view the invitation

Click here to view videos from our events at the 2015 First-Year Experience® Conference