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 upcoming 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, July 13
Tuesday, July 14
- Lawrence Wright talks about his life experiences, his craft, and his latest book at 92Y (8:00PM EST)
Wednesday, July 15
- Lara Prescott discusses THE SECRETS WE KEPT at Nowhere Bookshop (7:00PM EST)
- Kiley Reid will appear on Code Switch’s Instagram Live (7:00PM EST)
Thursday, July 16
Friday, July 17
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
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.
- You can’t eliminate inequity without a policy like reparations | PBS: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi speaks about what steps ought to be taken to create equity for Black Americans.
- Author Colson Whitehead on “The Nickel Boys,” “Invisible Man,” and Racial Inequity | NPR: Colson Whitehead speaks to the moment, addressing the nuances, humanity, and hardships of what it means to be Black in America.
- Ibram X. Kendi Launches New Center For Antiracist Research At Boston University | WBUR: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi tells Radio Boston what he hopes the Center can achieve, and how he’s reflecting on our nation’s current moment.
- Oceanside Native Brit Bennett Discusses Her New Novel, The Vanishing Half | KPBS: Brit Bennett explores a story about what it’s like to be defined by the color of your skin.
- The Hairstyling Industry Has a Racism Problem, and It Starts With Beauty School | Vogue: Rachel Cargle shares her experience at a hair salon.
- Kwame Onwuachi Is Leaving Kith and Kin in Washington | The New York Times: Kwame Onwuachi seeks an opportunity to work in a restaurant he owns himself because “something that profits off of Black and brown dollars should be Black-owned.”
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- What I’m Reading: Kiley Reid (author of SUCH A FUN AGE) | Read It Forward: Kiley Reid recommends Brit Bennett’s THE VANISHING HALF.
- Ottessa Moshfegh’s Riveting Meta-Mysteries | The Atlantic: Ottessa Moshfegh explores women’s quests for control over their own stories.
- One Thing | The New York Times Magazine: Edwidge Danticat writes a short story for the Decameron Project.
- Megha Majumdar Has Written a Thriller for the Least Summery Summer Ever | Mother Jones: Megha Majumdar tackles corruption, justice, and social class in her debut novel.
- Kate Clanchy and Colson Whitehead win Orwell Prizes | The Bookseller: Colson Whitehead has won this year Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.
- Before The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott was once rejected by Highlights | Entertainment Weekly: Lara Prescott gives an interview about her latest spy novel.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Reporter’s mother died of Covid-19, but ‘wasn’t counted’ | CNN: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal opens up about her mother’s recent death.
- Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal On How Much A COVID Vaccine Is Going To Cost | KSRO: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal talks about the vaccine race, development, pricing, and who will pay for it all.
- Florida Records Nation’s One-Day Peak for New Virus Cases | The New York Times: Dr. Sheri Fink reports on the COVID spike in Florida.
- Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many? | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer explains that a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology.
- A retired teacher leads the masked resistance in Newport Beach | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez interviews a retired teacher that is one among the few wearing masks in Newport Beach.
- Trump Is Bringing COVID-19 ‘Roaring Back,’ Not the Economy | Newsweek: Robert B. Reich speaks on the danger of reopening, and its effects on the economy.