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&As and more that are happening this week.
Monday, December 7
Tuesday, December 8
- Jean Kwok speaks at An Unlikely Story (6:00PM EST)
- Danielle Evans reads from her latest novel THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS at Prairie Lights (8:00PM EST)
Wednesday, December 9
- Megha Majumdar will be in-conversation at Silver Unicorn Bookstore about A BURNING (7:00PM EST)
- Dani Shapiro speaks at KGB Bar Lit Series (7:00PM EST)
Thursday, December 10
- Danielle Evans joins “Turn the Page, Release the Rage: Goodbye to 2020” presented by Barrelhouse, the Rumpus, and Books Are Magic (7:00PM EST)
- Jane Smiley speaks at The Strand Book Store virtually about her latest novel (7:00PM EST)
Saturday, December 12
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- Sarah McBride, Delaware State Senator, Wants Representation to Be a Given | Teen Vogue: Sarah McBride has made a life out of turning the impossible into the possible.
- Stop Scapegoating Progressives | The Atlantic: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi advises Democrats to accept responsibility, absorb criticism, and come back and campaign better.
- Robert Reich: November jobs report is ‘really disturbing’ | MSNBC: Robert B. Reich discusses what’s behind the sharp slowdown in job growth and the two different economic recoveries.
- Does L.A. County’s crackdown on outdoor dining go too far? | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez reports on the new policies on outdoor dining.
- Philanthropy is still dominated by the ultrawealthy, but asking billionaires to solve inequality is colossally stupid | Business Insider: Anand Giridharadas remarks that instead of funneling money into causes they’re passionate about, billionaires should instead be taking less from workers.
- Actually, there’s a whole bunch of other turkeys that President Trump could pardon | Miami Herald: Carl Hiaasen gives his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s discussion on granting “preemptive pardons” to his three eldest children, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- How Moderna’s Vaccine Works | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer explains how the two shots can prime the immune system to fight the coronavirus.
- Why Two Doctors Believe Misinformation Is the Biggest Threat in 2020 | Men’s Health: Dr. Howard Markel shares how he manages his own stress living and working in a pandemic.
- The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters | SDPB Radio: Priya Parker speaks on how we can plan for our December gatherings and decide what’s at stake as we take measures of our favorite traditions.
- It’s Time to Scare People About Covid | The New York Times: Elisabeth Rosenthal believes that our public messaging about the virus should explain the real costs — in graphic terms — of catching the virus.
- More Ambition Doesn’t Necessarily Take More Time | Medium: Laura Vanderkam provides a new way to manage your work week for working parents during this tough year.
- Reinventing Workers for the Post-Covid Economy | The New York Times: Eduardo Porter writes on the importance of training programs that aim to provide skills for more resilient occupations.
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- How Caste Became The Definitive Anti-Racist Text Of 2020 | Bustle: In a year of reading lists and racial reckoning, Isabel Wilkerson’s book cut through the noise.
- Brit Bennett – Colorism & Racial Passing in The Vanishing Half | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Brit Bennett talks about exploring the effects of colorism in Black communities and the ability to pass as white in her new novel THE VANISHING HALF.
- Between The World And Me Podcast: The Mecca | HBO: Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses community, Black love, and the second episode of BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME.
- Diversifying Your Classroom Book Collections? Avoid these 7 Pitfalls | KQED: Nic Stone’s and Jacqueline Woodson’s books are among the recommended books for diversifying classroom and library bookshelves.
- The Reading Life: Bryan Washington | WWNO: Bryan Washington talks about love being divided by race, class, and culture in his latest novel.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020 | The New York Times: Isabel Wilkerson’s CASTE and Sigrid Nunez’s WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH are among the staff critics’ picks as best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
- The best books of 2020, according to Amazon’s editors | Business Insider: On this impressive list are Brittany K. Barnett, Brit Bennett, Isabel Wilkerson, Bryan Washington, and Megha Majumdar.
- Your Complete Guide to the 10 Best New Business Books of 2020 | Inc.: Susan Fowler’s WHISTLEBLOWER is one of the 10 best new business books of 2020.
- The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2020 | The New York Times: Among The New York Times’s pick is Jacqueline Woodson’s BEFORE THE EVER AFTER.
- Mariah Carey’s 2020 Reading List: Lenny Kravitz, Trevor Noah, and More | Rolling Stone: Mariah Carey’s chosen books include Kiley Reid’s SHUCH A FUN AGE, Isabel Wilkerson’s CASTE, and Brit Bennett’s THE VANISHING HALF.