Thursday, August 28, 2014

Congratulations Robert Hass!

Pulitzer Prize-winner and former poet laureate Robert Hass will be honored October 17th with the 2014 Wallace Stevens Award. The Academy of American Poets awards this $100,000 poetry prize annually to an outstanding writer who has proven mastery in the art of poetry. Hass, the author of Time and Materials, has previously been honored with a National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams Award. 

For more information on Robert Hass and his work visit

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Common Core-aligned Teaching Guides Available!

Our free Common Core-aligned Teaching Guides are multiplying! We've just added Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations Louise Erdrich!

Louise Erdrich, a HarperCollins author and owner of Birchbark Books & Native Arts in Minnesota, will be awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award on November 9!

Erdrich is being honored for an extensive body of work (including Love Medicine, Tracks and the 2012 National Book Award-winner The Round House) that promotes peace, understanding, and social justice. 

You can start reading The Round House now.

Friday, August 15, 2014


Our free Common Core-aligned Teacher's Guide for How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster is now available!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Celebrate Harper Perennial and Win a FREE BOOK!

Harper Perennial is turning 50! To celebrate their half-century of literary excellence, they have released a beautiful collection of limited edition covers. If you play trivia with us tomorrow (Aug 14th), one of these beautiful Olive Editions (and a bonus 50th Anniversary Tote) could be yours!

How It Works:
Follow @HarperAcademic starting at 10am EST on 8/14/14. Every hour on the hour until 4pm EST I will post a quote from one of the special edition books. Tweet back to guess which book the quote is from using the #OliveEditions and you will be entered to win one of the beautiful limited edition titles. Winners will be randomly selected (out of hat style) so, the more you enter the better chance you have to win!

Follow Harper Perennial here for up-to-date excitement as they celebrate their 50th year!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FYE Memoir Title - Twitter Contest

FYE Memoir Title Twitter Contest Rules!

Starting at 3pm EST I will give contestants one hour to come up with the most creative/clever/funny memoir titles. Tweet us your titles to @HarperAcademic. At 4pm EST our panel of esteemed judges (HarperAcademic employees) will vote on the best entries and the winners will get a free book from a small selection of our First-Year Experience titles!

Remember that we can only ship to contestants in the US and PLEASE keep your responses appropriate, if your response is inappropriate you will be disqualified. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Remembering Pulitzer Prize-winning author James MacGregor Burns

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James MacGregor Burns passed away this week at the age of 95. Winner of the National Book Award in History and Biography, Burns was a passionate writer and political scientist. His biographies of major presidents, including his award-winning Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, took a detailed look at leadership and the role of the president.

Burns was fervent in his beliefs on national reform and his criticisms of America's governmental systems are still applicable in today's political debates. He was allowed unfettered access to some of the nation's most influential men as an informal adviser to many presidents.

His book Leadership continues to be taught in classrooms around the country, and it hasn't been out of print since its publication in 1971. His theory on transformational leadership has been the basis of more than 400 doctoral dissertations.

You'll learn more about James MacGregor Burns in his obituary in the New York Times.