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, January 11
- Robert Jones, Jr. is in-conversation with Kiley Reid at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books (7:00PM EST)
Tuesday, January 12
Wednesday, January 13
Thursday, January 14
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
Biden to Nominate PRHSB Speaker William Burns as CIA Director
William Burns Is Biden’s Choice for C.I.A. Director | The New York Times: President-elect Joe Biden on Monday will nominate Ambassador William Burns as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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.
- Concern over storming of the Capitol | The Harvard Gazette: Steven Levitsky speaks on the concerns about democracy.
- Billionaire Supremacy Is Like White Supremacy Or Male Supremacy, Anand Giridharadas Says | GBH: Anand Giridharadas talks about the wealth gap which is the result of power dynamics built by wealthy people.
- The GOP isn’t close to civil war. But it’s exactly what the party needs. | Washington Post: Matt Bai explains about the Republican party is walking the line between patriotism and Newsmax.
- Aides weigh resignations, removal options as Trump rages against perceived betrayals | The Washington Post: Shane Harris reports on how some administration officials are discussing whether the Cabinet might invoke the 25th Amendment.
- Storming of US Capitol marks an extreme for a norm-busting presidency | Financial Times: Fredrik Logevall gives his thoughts on the events that happened in the Capitol.
- Historian Ibram X. Kendi On Capitol Mob; What Is A Coup? | wbur: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses his thoughts on the Capitol mob.
- Rev. Raphael Warnock: Georgians Can Vote to ‘Reclaim Their Democracy’ | The Circus: The day before the Georgia run-off election, Alex Wagner talks with Rev. Raphael Warnock about President Trump’s attempts to overturn the November election result.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Works Against Key Mutation in Contagious Variants | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports on the vaccine and its effectiveness against one of the mutations present in the new contagious variants identified in Britain and South Africa.
- Los Angeles County urges ambulance crews not to bring to hospitals patients they cannot resuscitate | The New York Times: Dr. Sheri Fink explains more on the memo circulating in hospitals in Los Angeles County swamped with Covid-19 patients.
- Does Wearing a Face Mask Really Protect You from the Coronavirus? | majic: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal urges people to continue wearing masks.
- Echoes of Another Pandemic: How The Times Covered the 1918 Flu | The New York Times: Howard Markel, M.D. compares how the media is covering this pandemic to the 1918 flu.
- How Mistakes, Missed Opportunities Allowed COVID-19 To Ravage The U.S.| NPR: Lawrence Wright discusses America’s pandemic year.
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Police response at the Capitol brings claims of ‘white privilege’ | PBS Hour: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi talks about he treatment of the violent mob at the Capitol by law enforcement versus the heavy-handed tactics employed on peaceful protests over racial justice
- Dress in Smithsonian was worn by one of the Little Rock Nine | TODAY: Carlotta Walls LaNier discusses the stark reality of the hatred she faced when she attended Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.
- Local group leaders advocate for bridging racial division with hope | Gadsden Messenger: Latasha Morrison helps other group leaders in committing to unity.
- ‘Suddenly, You See the Story More Clearly’: The Root Presents: It’s Lit Talks Transcendent Writing With Yaa Gyasi | The Root: Yaa Gyasi discusses her conducted extensive research of her family’s native Ghana as well as Alabama, where her immigrant parents settled upon moving to the United States.
- Love And Hope Are At The Heart Of The Prophets | WNYC: Robert Jones Jr. talks about the part of that history has often been wiped from the record: Black queer people who were enslaved in America.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Shelf Life: Ann Patchett | Elle: The Pulitzer finalist recommends Isabel Wilkerson’s CASTE as a must-read because it explains how this country was made and what the consequences are for all of us.
- Lawrence Wright on the Plague Year | The New Yorker: Lawrence Wright speaks about what he learned writing “The Plague Year.”
- How Author Jacqueline Woodson Gets It Done | The Cut: Jacqueline Woodson speaks about her hectic schedule and the importance of mapping out a structure for each day, especially while social distancing restrictions remain in place.
- What to read in 2021 — based on what you loved in 2020 | Philadelphia Inquirer: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s MALIBU RISING and Nic Stone’s BLACKOUT are anticipated titles for 2021.
- Read Charles Yu’s first work of fiction since the National Book Award-winning Interior Chinatown | Entertainment Weekly: Charles Yu’s newest work of fiction is out.
- Tom Vanderbilt: My Fellow Beginners “Were Using This Process to…Expand Their Sense of Self…They Were Finding Magic in Small Acts of Reinvention.” | Gretchen Rubin: Tom Vanderbilt talks about happiness, habits, and human nature. And the joy of being a beginner.