Category Archives: FYE

Author Interview: Hillary Whittington, Raising Ryland

Raising Ryland, Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached

BIC: Can you speak to how your story is particularly relevant to the Campus and Community Reads audiences?  HW: I describe my final breaking point with Ryland, when he breaks down after years of trying to tell me that he is a boy. I describe those moments when he says, “I will wait for the […]

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Book Review: Rachel Toor, On the Way to Find Out

On the Road to Find Out, by author Rachel Toor

Once a college admissions officer, author Rachel Toor brings us a new perspective on what is an increasingly high-stress, do-or-die mission for teenagers. When an unexpected failure in the college admissions race derails one high school senior’s plans, she learns to find fulfillment — not in competition and rankings, but in relationships, running, and becoming […]

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Book Review: Lori Ostlund’s After the Parade

After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

In her debut novel, After the Parade, she continues a slow revelation about how no matter where you settle in the world, where you came from is never far away. Ostlund’s open-hearted contemplation of how we grow up and move on is written with wit and bursting with vitality.

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Clear Goals Matter

Yogi Berra - If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up someplace else.

For event planners, having clear, thoughtful goals makes all the difference as they set out to create meaningful author events. With a new generation of savvy, demanding readers, it’s more important than ever to identify and isolate where we want our programs to go in order to create solid program branding, loyal audiences and ensure intuitional support for years to come.

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A Look At: University of Minnesota First Year Experience Program

Kris Cory from the University of Minnesota discussed how her relationship with Books In Common started, and how the students come together for one common book:

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