The PRH Speakers Bureau is proud to represent speakers who keep us connected and make powerful progress toward change. As we continue to have conversations about challenging the status quo, actively fighting for justice in BIPOC communities, and grappling with COVID-19, we’ve compiled these recent articles, media, and essays from our speakers about the changing personal, political, and cultural landscapes.
We are also happy to include a roundup for you here of upcoming virtual events that are open to the public from our speakers for the upcoming week.
Virtual Events with Our Speakers
Tune in to these virtual Penguin Random House speakers’ book events, author Q&A’s and more that are happening this week.
Tuesday, August 11
- Megha Majumdar joins Northshire Bookstore to discuss the “it” book of the summer, A BURNING (5:00PM EST)
Wednesday, August 12
- Benjamin Dreyer appears on Instagram to make prose sing (12:30PM EST)
- Robert B. Reich talks about fixing the systems of American politics and power at World Affair Council of Greater Houston (6:00PM EST)
- Benjamin Dreyer hosts STET! Game Night (8:00PM EST)
Thursday, August 13
Friday, August 14
- Brit Bennett joins Kaia Gerber on Instagram for a discussion about THE VANISHING HALF (Moved to August 21, 2020 at 3:00PM ET)
Sunday, August 16
- Abdi Nor Iftin recounts his journey from refugee to American citizen at the Friends of the Hillel Library event (7:00PM EST)
- What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In – Night One with Ibram X. Kendi and Isabel Wilkerson (8:00PM EST)
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Caste author Isabel Wilkerson on America’s race and class hierarchy | PBS: Isabel Wilkerson joins the ongoing coverage of arts and culture.
- Talking About Racial Bias With the Author of Biased | Medium: Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt speaks on how we can replace our intuition with intelligence.
- Is This the Beginning of the End of American Racism? | The Atlantic: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi examines America’s reckoning when it comes to racial violence and inequity.
- Brit Bennett on the Interconnectedness of Protests and the Pandemic | Interview Magazine: Brit Bennett speaks about the pandemic and the protests.
- Are You Showing Up for Black and Latinx Girls? Girls Leadership’s Study Shows Schools Are Not | People: Rachel Cargle examines the results of a recent study on leadership for Black and Latinx girls.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates to Guest-Edit the September Issue of Vanity Fair | Vanity Fair: Ta-Nehisi Coates is serving as guest editor for the September issue, a special edition exploring art, activism, and power in 21st-century America.
- No More Normal: The Struggle Continues | KUMN: Richard A. Clarke speaks about the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Protective Service being deployed against protesters.
- Isabel Wilkerson On America’s Caste System | NPR: In CASTE, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the Nazis borrowed from it.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- We’ve Got Even More Book Suggestions: Women Who Travel Podcast | Condé Nast Traveler: In this book roundup, National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas recommends books by Yaa Gyasi, Sigrid Nunez, Danielle Evans, and Brit Bennett for entertainment while extensive travel is still off the table.
- The Vox Book Club pick for August is Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half | Vox: The Vox Book Club pick for August is Brit Bennett’s THE VANISHING HALF.
- For Ottessa Moshfegh, Novel Writing Is a Spiritual Experience |The Nation: Ottessa Moshfegh speaks about how she composes her books and how she gets into the minds of her characters.
- How to avoid housework arguments | GQ: Author Eve Rodsky talks about her book FAIR PLAY, which aims to help couples minimize resentment, define expectations, and ultimately achieve a more organized, better-managed household.
- Isabel Wilkerson Talks About Caste | The New York Times: Isabel Wilkerson describes the ideas about race in America that fuel her new book.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Scientists Are Optimistic About New Vaccine Studies From Novavax | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports that Novavax has received a $1.6 billion grant from the government’s Operation Warp Speed to have 100 million doses ready by early 2021.
- Robert Reich on Trump’s dangerous lies about the COVID economy | Salon: Robert B. Reich speaks on Trump’s plan to revive the economy.
- In Orange County, heart of the mask resistance, one doctor is trying to restore faith in science | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez interviews Eric Alcouloumre, an emergency room physician at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, who took on the Orange County Board of Supervisors for driving the chief public health officer out of her job, the county sheriff for not enforcing mask requirements, and the county Board of Education, which recommended reopening schools without requiring masks or distancing.
- The Real Florida Men: A Conversation with Carl Hiaasen & Tim Dorsey | Flamingo: Two literary legends, Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey, talk about the viral hashtag, social distancing, and life as a Florida writer.
- America’s Coronavirus Endurance Test | The New Yorker: Howard Markel explains how to defeat the coronavirus.
- Conversations: Laura Vanderkam, “The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home” | Kansas Public Radio: Laura Vanderkam talks with host Dan Skinner about THE NEW CORNER OFFICE.