Our Speakers at the 42nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience®


We are looking forward to attending the 42nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience® in Los Angeles, CA this weekend.

The Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience® focuses on supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year. In addition to the numerous conference sessions that happen throughout the weekend, Penguin Random House hosts author events to allow participants to hear from some of our best speakers for college audiences.

Below is a listing of the events we are hosting that feature our speakers. Please contact us if you are interested in attending or would like more information on any of the events, or RSVP here. You can also visit us in Booth 37-38. Can’t make it to Los Angeles? Not to fear! Be sure to follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates and check back here after the conference for a comprehensive blog post on our time at the conference.

Penguin Random House Events at the 42nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience®

Friday, February 3rd

Friday Dinner
8:00pm – 10:00pm, San Diego Ballroom

FYE 2023 Program Dinner

Featuring PRHSB Speakers Michelle Zauner (Crying in H Mart), and Dr. Simran Jeet Singh (The Light We Give)

To RSVP, visit the Common Reads website.


Michelle Zauner

Frontwoman of Japanese Breakfast and author of New York Times bestselling Crying in H Mart

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Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

Motivational speaker, author, and human rights activist

Saturday, February 4th

Saturday Lunch
11:30am – 12:45pm, San Diego Ballroom

FYE Program Lunch

Featuring Leila Mottley (Nightcrawling), Bo Seo (Good Arguments), Javier Zamora (Solito), and Dr. Thomas Fisher (The Emergency)

To RSVP, visit the Common Reads website.

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Leila Mottley

Award-winning author of Oprah’s Book Club selection Nightcrawling and former Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland

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Bo Seo

Two-time world champion debater and author of Good Arguments


Javier Zamora

Memoirist, poet, and author of Solito, and a winner of the 2023 American Book Award.

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Dr. Thomas Fisher

Emergency room physician and author of The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER