Register for the 2020 Penguin Random House First-Year Experience® Conference Author Events!

By Luis Diaz | November 11 2019 | College & University Reads

 Penguin Random House Author Events at the 39th Annual First-Year Experience® Conference

Washington, D.C., February 21-24, 2020

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Ibram X. Kendi

Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Nic Stone

Bina Venkataraman

Bren Smith

Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable novel is for anyone who's ever felt not good enough--then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up

Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
"A fascinating new book... [Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is] a genius."--Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"Poignant....important and illuminating."--The New York Times Book Review"This book should be required reading for everyone."--Robin DiAngelo, author of White FragilityAs featured on CBS This Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, TIME Magazine, and Democracy Now!

Dear Martin
A #1 New York Times bestseller!"Raw and gripping." -Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys"A must-read!" -Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U GiveRaw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Age 14 and up
Grade 9 & Up

Where the Dead Sit Talking
FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION. A spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.

The Master Plan
My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose
The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement--reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

Eat Like a Fish
My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
Easy to grow, sustainable, and a solution to climate change, ocean vegetables are plentiful (there are thousands of edible varieties), nutritious, and delicious  A miracle food if ever there was one, seaweed is a perfect ingredient—exotic yet local—particularly in the face of rapid environmental upheaval, rising populations, and finite food resources. In Eat Like a Fish, Bren Smith—former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer—advocates getting seaweed onto American plates, reimagining our ideas about ocean eating, and taking readers on a journey from his childhood at sea to fishing trawlers to the frontier of the food movement. Written with the humor and swagger of a fisherman telling a late-night tale, this is a monumental work of memoir-turned-food policy that will change the way we think about what we eat.