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.
Tuesday, January 26
Wednesday, January 27
Thursday, January 28
- Charles Yu talks with Skylight Books (6:30PM EST)
- Dani Shapiro appears at the Books & Books (7:00PM EST)
- Rick Bragg speaks about his latest book with Quail Ridge Books (7:00PM EST)
Friday, January 29
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports a new variant has originated in California.
- At a Los Angeles hospital, the inauguration is interesting, but COVID cases are pressing | The New York Times: Dr. Sheri Fink reports on the situation in Los Angeles.
- As Death Rate Accelerates, U.S. Records 400,000 Lives Lost To The Coronavirus | VPR: Howard Markel, M.D. expresses concerns about the scarcity of the coronavirus vaccines.
- Here’s how I broke through and got a COVID vaccine. Let’s hope it gets easier | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez explains how he managed to get an appointment for the vaccine.
- COVID-19 Risk & Unemployment Rates Lower Number Of Migrant Workers | TPR: Jayson Lusk is worried about COVID-19’s impact on migrant farmworkers.
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- The past few years were a revolt against the future | MSNBC: Anand Giridharadas discusses the inauguration and why now is a ‘dark time and, potentially, a very bright time.’
- 3 Million People Were Deported Under Obama. What Will Biden Do About It? | The New York Times: Jean Guerrero writes about the immigrant communities fractured and financially devastated by the deportations carried out during the Obama adminstration.
- Hogan Gidley Calls Trump’s Last Days in Presidency a ‘Black Eye’ | The Circus: Alex Wagner interviews former Trump Campaign Press Secretary about the insurrection on the US Capitol.
- Capitol attack will spur a broad crackdown on domestic extremists | The Washington Post: Shane Harris interviews experts on the significant legal, political, and cultural obstacles.
- How the American Unemployment System Failed | The New York Times: Eduardo Porter reports on how a decline in funding and changes in the workplace have left a program unequal to the 21st-century economy
- How Joe Biden Surged From Struggling Candidate To President | CBS Boston: Mark Leibovich talks about Joe Biden’s path to presidency.
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- America’s Caste System Is 400 Years Old. That Doesn’t Change Overnight | The New York Times: Isabel Wilkerson on why a new presidency alone can’t fix America’s 400-year-old race-based hierarchy.
- The Arc of History: An Update | Slate: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi talks about his antiracist work and the Biden era ahead.
- Two Texans among those whose sentences were commuted by Trump | Fox 4: Brittany K. Barnett continues to advocate reforms with the justice system.
- Q&A: Ethiopian-American Novelist Dinaw Mengestu | Vanderbilt Hustler: Dinaw Mengestu speaks about underrepresented voices in fiction.
- Sephora’s Deborah Yeh: Unconscious Bias in Retail and Marketing | Race at Work with Porter Braswell: Porter Braswell discusses unconscious bias in retail and marketing, as well as how it affects customers and their relationship with brands.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Here are the finalists for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards | Los Angeles Times: Cathy Park Hong, Namwali Serpell, Bryan Washington, Isabel Wilkerson, and Megha Majumdar are all finalists.
- 2021 Youth Media Awards Winners | School Library Journal: Evette Dionne’s LIFTING AS WE CLIMB and Jacqueline Woodson’s BEFORE THE EVER AFTER are winners.
- 10 New Books We Recommend This Week | The New York Times: Robert Jones Jr.’s THE PROPHETS is recommended.
- Now Read This | PBS NewHour: The PBS NewsHour and New York Times Book Club “Now Read This” has chosen Charles Yu’s INTERIOR CHINATOWN as its February pick.
- 2021 preview: Most anticipated fiction | Bookpage: Colson Whitehead’s HARLEM SHUFFLE will be out Fall 2021.