September 2013


Mastermindsby Rosalind Wiseman, author of Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World (Harmony, September 2013)

Boys are so much easier than girls. There’s no drama.

Boys just punch it out and it’s over.

Eleven years ago when I published Queen Bees & Wannabes, a huge amount of attention was placed on girls and their social dynamics. But in all the years I’ve worked with boys and girls, I knew that boys struggled with many of the same challenges girls did—we were just having a really hard time seeing it. As the years passed I grew increasingly concerned, as I saw many boys adopt an appearance of detachment from their most meaningful relationships, their future academic or professional success, and any desire to make the world a better place. In the words of Will, age 20:

In my AP classes, I was always one of five guys. The same five guys in a classroom of girls. I had plenty of guy friends who could have taken those classes but they didn’t want to do it. They’d rather be the best among the mediocre. Really my friends would rather look stupid.

Two years ago, I decided to pull back the curtain on Boy World—a place I knew was much more complex than most people believe. (more…)

Eventsign2013On Friday, June 28th, 2013, Random House hosted its Fifth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators in its midtown NYC headquarters. The event was attended by 200+ K-12 educators, school librarians, and college professors/administrators.  A PDF of the event program may be viewed here.

We are happy to announce that videos from the event are now available for all to view on the Random House Common Reads YouTube channel.  Event photos may be found on the Random House High School Facebook page.

For your convenience, here is a list of the featured speakers with links to video of their talks (in order of presentation):

David Liben (Video), Student Achievement Partners

Chris Pavone (Video), author of The Expats: A Novel (Broadway Books)

Adele Griffin (Video), author of Loud Awake and Lost: A Novel (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Emily Bazelon (Video), author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House)

Carlin Flora (Video), author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Way Friends Make Us Who We Are (Anchor)

Byron Hollinshead (Video), editor of I Wish I’d Been There: Volumes & II (Anchor)

Kimberly N. Parker (Video), speaking on A Time to Break Silence (Beacon Press)