Videos from the 2023 First-Year Experience® Conference are now available

By Spenser Stevens | March 3 2023 | College & University Reads

We’re pleased to share videos from the 2023 First-Year Experience® Conference. Whether you weren’t able to join us at the conference or would simply like to hear the talks again, please take a moment to view the clips below.


Penguin Random House Saturday Event

Friday, February 3, 2023 | 8:00 – 10:00 pm PST

This event featured authors Simran Jeet Singh (The Light We Give), Nnedi Okorafor (Binti: The Complete Trilogy), Laila Lalami (Conditional Citizens), and Michelle Zauner (Crying in H Mart).


View the video clips below:


Simran Jeet Singh (The Light We Give)



Nnedi Okorafor (Binti: The Complete Trilogy)



Laila Lalami (Conditional Citizens)



Michelle Zauner (Crying in H Mart)


Penguin Random House Saturday Event

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 11:30 – 12:45 pm EST

This event featured authors Bo Seo (Good Arguments), Leila Mottley (Nightcrawling), Thomas Fisher (The Emergency), and Javier Zamora (Solito).


View the video clips below:



Bo Seo (Good Arguments)



Leila Mottley (Nightcrawling)




Thomas Fisher (The Emergency)



Javier Zamora (Solito)

The Light We Give
How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life
An author and human rights activist offers his inspiring approach to a happier, more ethical way of life by embracing Sikh teachings.

Binti: The Complete Trilogy
Now in paperback, the omnibus of the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy tells the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home on Earth to distant Oomza University.

Conditional Citizens
On Belonging in America
In this brilliantly argued and deeply personal work, Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S.citizen, using her own story as a starting point for an exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth—such as national origin, race, and gender—that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still cast their shadows today, poignantly illustrating how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation. Weaving together her experiences with an examination of the place of nonwhites in the broader American culture, Lalami illuminates how conditional citizens are all those whom America embraces with one arm and pushes away with the other.

Crying in H Mart
A Memoir
Crying in H Mart is an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

Good Arguments
How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard
“The rare book that has the potential to make you smarter—and everyone around you wiser.” —Adam Grant Two-time world champion debater and former coach of the Harvard debate team, Bo Seo tells the inspiring story of his life in competitive debating and reveals the timeless secrets of effective communication and persuasion

The Emergency
A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER
From a renowned emergency room doctor and healthcare policy expert, the riveting story of a year in the life of an emergency room on the South Side of Chicago during a pandemic—and a powerful argument that American healthcare is designed to sacrifice the lives of the most vulnerable.

A Memoir
A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era" (Sandra Cisneros)