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 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.
Monday, August 17
- Night Two of the What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In series features Bryan Stevenson, The New York Times bestselling author of JUST MERCY, and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (8:00PM EST)
Tuesday, August 18
- Megha Majumdar joins Sturgis Library for Adult Story Time (7:00PM EST)
- Night Three of the What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In series features Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of The New York Times bestselling book BEGIN AGAIN: JAMES BALDWIN’S AMERICA AND ITS URGENT LESSONS FOR OUR OWN, with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (8:00PM EST)
Wednesday, August 19
- David Allen Sibley joins Georgia Audubon and Eagle Eye Book Shop for a conversation, followed by an audience Q&A (7:00PM EST)
- Night Four of the What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In series features Robin DiAngelo, author of The New York Times bestselling book WHITE FRAGILITY, with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (8:00PM EST)
Thursday, August 20
- Robert B. Reich discusses his newest book THE SYSTEM on Politics and Prose Live! (6:00PM EST)
- Megha Majumdar spends an evening with Aesop’s Fable (7:00PM EST)
- David Allen Sibley introduces his new book about bird behavior, shares images of the gorgeous art inside, and speaks with Princeton University Professor David Wilcove at Little City Books (7:00PM EST)
- Night Five of the What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In series features Brit Bennett, author of The New York Times bestselling novel THE VANISHING HALF, with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (8:00PM EST)
Friday, August 21
- Sabaa Tahir speaks at Book Your Summer at how she came to be published author (7:30PM EST)
- Night Six of the of the What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In series features Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including LONG WAY DOWN and LOOK BOTH WAYS, with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (8:00PM EST)
Saturday, August 22
- Night Seven of the of the What Now: An Antiracist Teach-In series features Angie Thomas, author of #1 New York Times bestselling novel THE HATE U GIVE and ON THE COME UP, with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (8:00PM EST)
Sunday, August 23
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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 and Racist Hierarchy in America | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson talks about her book CASTE, which explores the history of racial disparity and assigned human value in American society.
- Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson Examines America’s Caste System | KQED: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson presents an examination of what she sees as America’s often disguised, but very real, caste system.
- I Was a Black Chef in Fine Dining. Now I’m Not Sure What’s Next. | Men’s Health: Kwame Onwuachi was the executive chef of Kith and Kin. Then COVID-19 changed everything.
- How The Vanishing Half fits into our cultural fixation with racial passing stories | Vox: In Brit Bennett’s THE VANISHING HALF, the character of Stella vanished by excising half of her own identity.
- Between The World And Me: Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance Among 9 Cast In HBO Special | Deadline:Casting has begun for HBO’s adaptation for BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME, which explores Ta-Nehisi Coates’s notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy.
- Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste | The New Yorker: By comparing white supremacy in the U.S. to the caste system in India, Isabel Wilkerson’s new book at once illuminates and collapses a complex history.
- Isabel Wilkerson knows that effective discussions about race require new language. That’s where Caste comes in |Washington Post: Pulitzer Prize-winning Isabel Wilkerson’s new book looks at American racism through the lens of India’s entrenched social hierarchy.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Lead was poisoning the water in Flint, Mich. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha put her reputation on the line to prove it. | USA Today: Author of WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is one of USA Today’s Women of the Century.
- The Beauty in Breaking: ER doctor on domestic violence, survival, and spiritual healing | KCRW: In her debut memoir, Dr. Michele Harper shares stories from the field, and how healing patients taught her to care for herself.
- Yaa Gyasi on the Mysteries of Faith and Reason | The Atlantic: Yaa Gyasi discusses her upcoming forthcoming novel, TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM.
- Book Review: A Pair of Guides to Fossils, Past and Future | Undark: Neil Shubin explores how we evolved and what we’re leaving behind in SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.
- The Fire in A Burning | Harvard Magazine: Megha Majumdar’s novel of India resonates in the United States.
- How Brit Bennett’s mom inspired The Vanishing Half | Los Angeles Times: Brit Bennett talks about the inspiration behind her bestselling novel.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Inside the Fight to Save Houston’s Most Vulnerable | The New York Times: Dr. Sheri Fink is given exclusive access to the COVID medical I.C.U. at Houston Methodist Hospital where she meets with five patients and watches as the staff works to heal them.
- ‘This Is All Beyond Stupid.’ Experts Worry About Russia’s Rushed Vaccine | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer expresses his concerns about the approved vaccine in Russia.
- Robert Reich on Betsy DeVos’ deadly plan to reopen schools | Salon: Robert B. Reich weighs in on the administration’s effort to force schools to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction.
- A pandemic road trip isn’t for cowards. Things to know before you go | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez talks about his drive north to Napa Valley from Los Angeles and back on Interstate 5.
- Diseased Chicken for Dinner? The USDA Is Considering It | Bloomberg: Amanda Little talks about the unexpected consequence of the Defense Production Act.
- On tenterhooks | Gulf of Times: Elisabeth Rosenthal speaks about how the coronavirus played out in her family’s vacation.