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 represent award-winners, bestsellers, and change-makers, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Priya Parker, Cheryl Strayed, Isabel Wilkerson, and Colson Whitehead. Our relationship with these speakers begins with the manuscript and continues well after the publication of the book, allowing us to know our speakers’ work intimately and customize events for our clients that move beyond standard scripts. Be it a community read or convocation, a medical conference or CEO roundtable, our speakers take audiences beyond their everyday horizon.
Meet our Team
Our dedicated full-time team of 26 seasoned lecture professionals has a wealth of expertise working with corporations, colleges and universities, libraries, and conferences. Whether from the office or from our homes, virtual or in-person, we are passionate about helping clients create the perfect event.
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.
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, Anand Giridharadas, Yaa Gyasi, Cheryl Strayed, Colson Whitehead, 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: Brit Bennett, Lauren Groff, Phil Klay, and Priya Parker, as well as authors from the Penguin Young Readers Group such as 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: R.J. Palacio, Nic Stone, 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, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, 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.s our offer to clients especially unique.