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.
Thursday, January 7
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.
- Anand Giridharadas: ‘Trump is not that different from autocrats’ | Yahoo! News: Anand Giridharadas explains why President Trump’s assault on democracy is “all for him.”
- Is Trump’s Coup a ‘Dress Rehearsal?’ | New York Magazine: Daniel Ziblatt gives his thoughts on the current political situation.
- Behind the Cover: Sarah McBride | The Cut: Sarah McBride talks about her path to becoming the first openly transgender state senator.
- The Afghan War Is Over. Did Anyone Notice? | The New York Times: Elliot Ackerman advises that President-elect Biden should emphasize how our presence in Afghanistan stabilizes the region and assures U.S. interests abroad.
- Roger McNamee on new anti-trust cases: “harms that affect all of society should require some remedy” | MSNBC: Roger McNamee discusses his hopes that the new anti-trust cases against the Silicon Valley giants will break up anti-democratic monopolies.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- How Bharat Biotech’s Vaccine Works | The New York TImes: Carl Zimmer reports on the coronavirus vaccine Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, the National Institute of Virology, and the Indian Council of Medical Research.
- What The U.S. Can Do About Vaccine Rollout Issues | NPR: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about what’s slowed down the vaccine roll out, and what, if anything, can be done to make up for lost time.
- Infectious Diseases Expert: No Evidence New Coronavirus Variant Is Any Deadlier | WNYC: Dr. Matt McCarthy speaks on the virus mutating and how we should think about it.
- As Virus Resurges in Africa, Doctors Fear the Worst Is Yet to Come | The New York Times: Dr. Sheri Fink raises concerns on the tide of new cases on the continent that is raising alarms.
- You know how Nero fiddled while Rome burned? That’s how much Trump cares about the lack of COVID vaccines | Miami Herald: Carl Hiaasen gives his opinion on the president’s handling of the vaccine distribution issues.
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Outside Trump’s Inner Circle, Odds Are Long for Getting Clemency | The New York Times: Brittany K. Barnett advocates for clemency to people serving a life sentence for marijuana.
- Our critic picks 20 of the most eagerly awaited books of 2021 | The Seattle Times: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS, edited by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, is a collection written by ninety different writers, each taking on a five-year period of Black history.
- Announcing the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists | PEN America: Isabel Wilkerson is longlisted for the PEN America Literary Award.
- How Such a Fun Age Came to Be: An Interview with Kiley Reid | LA Review of Books: Kiley Reid talks about transactional relationships, income disparity, allyship, the purpose of fiction, and loving what makes us cringe.
- Memorial by Bryan Washington, review — a debut novel lauded by Barack Obama and Alan Hollinghurst | The Times: Bryan Washington’s MEMORIAL is a highly-anticipated depiction of intimacy between queer black men.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Book Concierge: Top Picks From The Year For Kids And Young Adults | NPR: Jacqueline Woodson and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi are among the picks.
- In her new story The Wickeds Author Gayle Foreman turns classic fairytales inside out | CBS: Gayle Foreman introduces her newest family-friendly story.
- New & Noteworthy, From Astrophysics to Reading Nabokov | The New York Times: Jane Smiley revisits the world of horse racing in this lighthearted romp about a racehorse on the loose in the big city.
- Chang-rae Lee Reads Steven Millhauser | The New Yorker: Chang-rae Lee reads and discusses Steven Millhauser’s “Coming Soon.”