Category Archives: James Edward Mills

YA Version of Maraniss’ Strong Inside Opens Civil Rights Story to Middle Schoolers


Andrew Maraniss’ Strong Inside, which chronicles the career of Perry Wallace, the first African-American college basketball player in the south, and serves an important role in facilitating campus and community discussions around racial tensions in the US, is now available in YA format.

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Leonard Pitts: Gentle Demeanor with a Tough Message

Leonard Pitts, Jr., Grant Park

As divisive messages filter down from our new administration, colleges and communities are hurriedly working to balance it with discourse about embracing the current situation of race relations in America and nurturing a community of diversity and kindness. With “a gentle demeanor,” Leonard Pitts, Jr. delivers a “tough message that we all need to hear.”

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James E. Mills Highlights Another Racial Disparity — Minority Outdoor Adventurers

James Edward Mills, The Adventure Gap

Adventurer and journalist James Edward Mills highlights another racial disparity: the low number of minority wilderness adventurers. This concern carries the opportunity to stimulate healthy conversation about race and gender disparity in our schools and communities.

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Authors highlighted in “100 Must-Read Books About National Parks”

National Park Service 100th Anniversary

In celebration of the National Parks Service’s 100th Anniversary (today!), the online book retailer Book Riot posted a list of “100 Must-Read Books About National Parks” which included six authors Books In Common regularly works with. These authors were also featured in our NPS Anniversary LitBit.

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National Parks Centennial: Protect, Connect, Inspire

It’s been said that our national parks are “America’s best idea.” As the National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, this is the year to celebrate the centennial of a very American effort.

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Finding Unity in the Community: Common Reads Titles that Bring Us Closer

When Books In Common/Terra Com was founded in 2001, Community Reading Programs as envisioned by pioneering Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl were in their infancy. Since then, BIC has connected with thousands of literary programs across the globe, helping event planners as they face the sometimes daunting task of selecting the perfect book for their communities, partnering with the author, and ensuring that their specific goals are met and exceeded – year after year. We focus on these important programs because we passionately believe that building common ground around literature is one of the best ways to bridge the divide among race, religion, socio-economics, sexual orientation, politics, and cultural identities.

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Get to Know: James E. Mills and The Adventure Gap

The world of extreme outdoor sports and adventuring has long been enjoyed by thrill seekers around the globe, and most of them, historically, have been white. James Edward Mills‘ first book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, explores the lack of minority populations in the realm of outdoor adventure and chronicles the importance of the first-ever all […]

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