Monday, May 4, 2015

Go Ahead, Teachers, Change Thousands Of Lives!: A Teacher Appreciate Guest Post by Matthew Quick

Much like Mr. Vernon—the teacher hero in my latest novel, Love May Fail—at the ripe old age of twenty-three I was hired to teach high school English and given a key to the book room. This eternally dusty place was populated by thousands of school-board-approved paperbacks stacked and waiting to be cracked open by teenage hands. With said magical key in my possession, I had the awesome super power of creating a reading syllabus for hundreds of young people.

Here are a few titles off the HarperCollins list that I have taught or would definitely now teach...
(To read the complete list of titles, please visit our High School English online catalog here). 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Peter Balakian's THE BURNING TIGRIS and the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. If you’re looking to educate your students on this topic, there’s no more classic (or commonly adopted) book than Peter Balakian’s The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.
In this national bestseller, critically acclaimed author and professor Peter Balakian brings us the horrifying narrative of the massacres of the Armenians in the 1890s and of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Using rarely seen archival documents and remarkable first-person accounts, Balakian presents the chilling history of how the Turkish government implemented the first modern genocide behind the cover of World War I. And in the telling, he resurrects an extraordinary lost chapter of American history. 
You can read an excerpt of The Burning Tigris here.
And click here to read Balakian’s article “Turkey Must End Its 100 Years of Genocide Denial,” published yesterday in The Guardian.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Introducing the HarperAudio Presents Podcast

We’re happy to bring your attention to the HarperAudio Presents podcast, a weekly conversation with our authors and editors that gives listeners new perspectives on the world of books, culture and the arts. 
You might want to assign some of the podcasts as a listening assignment for your students. Featured clips include Howard Zinn and Matt Damon reading from Zinn’s classic, A People’s History of the United States, Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis reading Every Tongue Got to Confess, and more.
You can also hear Maira Kalman talk about her Proust book club, learn where Richard Ford stores his writing notebooks, listen as Jennifer Robson tells you what influence her father has on her writing,  discover how Lauren Oliver feels about her sister, and learn how Jim Boeheim felt coaching the 6-overtime game in the Big East tournament. 
Please click here to go to iTunes and subscribe to the free podcast.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN Cover Revealed

HarperCollins is delighted to reveal the jacket for Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman, which will be published on July 14, 2015.
 

"There are so many wonderful parts of Go Set A Watchman that it was hard to pick just one iconic image to represent the book.  This design is perfect- it draws on the style of the decade the book was written, but with a modern twist.  Go Set A Watchman begins with Scout's train ride home, but more profoundly, it is about the journey Harper Lee's beloved characters have taken in the subsequent 20 years of their lives."
Michael Morrison, President and Publisher U.S. General Books and Canada

Available in hardcover, e-book, digital audio, and CD.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Teaching Materials for Dolen Perkins-Valdez's WENCH

The Pen/Faulkner Foundation has created some wonderful lesson plans for Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s New York Times-bestselling novel Wench, which you can find here. 

Set before the Civil War in the real resort of Tawana House  in Ohio—a favorite of Southern white men who vacationed there with their black enslaved mistresses—Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery through the lives of the women who became friends during annual visits to the resort. 

The lessons  focus on characterization, history and culture, and close text analysis. They are appropriate for 9th grade and up. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Request A Classroom Skype Session With A Bestselling Author!

You can request a free Skype session for your classroom focusing on the closing months of the Civil War with New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis! Here's how.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How Well Do You Know The American Presidents?

Watch Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, give the Fox & Friends anchors a pop quiz on the American Presidents! Watch the video here!

For more information about Kenneth C. Davis and the Don't Know Much About series click here