The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is a part of Penguin Random House, the world’s most global trade book publisher. The Speakers Bureau represents an unrivaled roster of speakers whose work is shaping national conversations—on and off the page. We work with venues both across the U.S. and throughout the world to create hugely successful events. Be it a community reads program or convocation, a medical conference or CEO roundtable, our speakers take audiences beyond their everyday horizon.
Represented by the Speakers Bureau are Pulitzer Prize winners such as Colson Whitehead, Jennifer Egan, and Isabel Wilkerson as well as bestsellers including Bryan Stevenson, Gillian Flynn, John Green, Tommy Orange, Delia Owens, Cheryl Strayed, and Markus Zusak. Our relationship with these speakers begins with the manuscript and continues well after publication of the book. Through the longevity of this relationship we know our speakers and the breadth of their work intimately. It is this knowledge that allows us to customize events for our clients and move beyond standard scripts.
The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau has a dedicated full-time team of 18 seasoned lecture professionals who are passionate about connecting clients with the perfect speaker for their event. Our team has a wealth of expertise working with corporations, colleges and universities, libraries, and conferences. We are involved at every stage of the process, from finding the perfect speaker, to arranging door-to-door travel, to making sure that books are available at every event.
Our website has been designed to give you clear, concise information on each of our speakers. Please contact us if you need further information on a particular speaker, including fees and availability, or are seeking advice on which speaker might be the right fit for your event.
Meet our team of passionate trend scouts, book-lovers and rigorous organizers with many years of experience working with authors and speakers.
Our Publishers & Partners
The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau builds upon the relationships established by editorial, publicity, and marketing experts in our company’s publishing groups and their imprints. All Speakers Bureau agents are in direct and regular contact with our publishing groups to ensure our efforts are concerted and complementary.
Crown Publishing Group
The Crown Publishing Group originated in 1933 and is known today for the broad scope of its publishing program and its singular market responsiveness, qualities that are reflected in its savvy selection of authors and books and in its aggressive efforts to market them. Among the Crown authors represented by the Speakers Bureau are: Gillian Flynn, Dr. Sheri Fink, Jayson Lusk, Rebecca Mead, Greg McKeown, and Alice Waters.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Alfred A. Knopf was founded in 1915 and has long been known as a publisher of distinguished hardcover fiction and nonfiction. Among the Knopf Doubleday authors represented by the Speakers Bureau are: Jennifer Egan, Marc Goodman, Richard Russo, Jane Smiley, Cheryl Strayed, and Lawrence Wright.
Penguin Group (USA) LLC is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Blue Rider Press, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. Among the Penguin authors represented by the Speakers Bureau are: Lauren Groff, Phil Klay, Karen Joy Fowler, Charlaine Harris, and Kathryn Stockett, as well as authors from the Penguin Young Readers Group such as Gayle Forman, John Green, and Jacqueline Woodson.
Random House Children’s Books
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for preschool children through young adult readers, Random House Children’s Books brings together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Among the Random House Children’s Books authors represented by the Speakers Bureau are: Patricia Reilly Giff, R.J. Palacio, Gary Paulsen, and Markus Zusak.
Random House Publishing Group
Random House had its origins in 1925 when Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer acquired a line of classics and contemporary American works called The Modern Library from publisher Horace Liveright. Among the Random House authors represented by the Speakers Bureau are: Ed Catmull, Jeff Shaara, Diana Gabaldon, Bryan Stevenson, and Isabel Wilkerson.
The Penguin and Random House Academic Marketing teams build the bridge between our authors and academic institutions across the U.S. Whether for public lectures or as part of popular common reading programs widespread around the country, the Academic Marketing teams work closely with the Speakers Bureau to arrange author visits, giving students at high schools and universities a unique opportunity to interact with authors.
The library has always been a destination for people who are interested in discussing books, a venue for author visits and for other cultural and humanities programs. The Penguin and Random House Library Marketing teams are an important partner for book groups and libraries working to spark lively discussions in their community, and they work closely with the Speakers Bureau to arrange unforgettable lecture events.
The Penguin and Random House Special Markets/Premium Sales team works with corporations, marketers, and agencies on sales of books for promotional purposes. Offering an unrivaled diversity of titles and subjects, the Premium Sales group offers unique opportunities to customize, excerpt or reformat books to fit different companies and occasions. Book sales are an integral part of all events organized by the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, and the collaboration with our Premium Sales team makes our offer to clients especially unique.