National Book Award Longlists 2014

This morning the longlists for the National Book Award 2014 were announced and we are thrilled to see four of our speakers and their work among the fiction and poetry…

Let’s talk about sustainable food!

Think about the last meal you ate. Do you know where the ingredients came from and how many miles they travelled from the field to the grocery shelf? If you…

Student Summer Reading List

School may be out for summer, but over the next couple of weeks many incoming college freshmen will be getting their first taste of campus life as they attend their…

Happy Fourth of July!

Celebrate by spending some time discovering speakers whose work highlights our country’s history and the people and events that have ultimately shaped the fascinating place it is today. From our…

New speakers join the Speakers Bureau!

The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is thrilled to announce that Jill Lepore and Rebecca Mead have joined the bureau as exclusive speakers! Both staff writers at The New Yorker,…

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Praise for Speakers

  • About Marc Brown

    Marc Brown’s visit to our library exceeded all expectations.  Over two sessions, he entertained 700 children and adults and signed books for three and a half hours.  From start to finish, he was as kind, gracious and patient as you’d expect the creator of Arthur to be.

    —Cuyahoga County Public Library

  • About Pauline Chen, M.D.

    She was spectacular! The students continue to rave about her, how kind she was, how approachable and how willing she was to share her story—to open up and be very honest with them. I was personally struck by how approachable she was—she was there as  a fellow physician, welcoming new colleagues into the medicine family, sharing her time, talent, knowledge. Her presentation gave us all a glimpse into her life as a physician and I feel quite honored to have learned all that she shared.

    —UCSD Medical School

  • About Cheryl Strayed

    What an absolute delight it was hosting Cheryl at our college. She couldn’t have been classier – she made the students feel completely at ease even though they were meeting their ‘idol.’ She was warm, compassionate, articulate and really listened to them. And of course the public interview and book signing was a huge success. Cheryl stayed until the very last person in the line got his book signed and even gave everyone a hug before she got back in her car.

    —Los Medanos College

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