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 20
- Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins Joe’s Movement Emporium to discuss his renowned book How to Be an Antiracist (7:00PM EST)
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.
- Antiracist Baby Author Ibram X. Kendi On Where We Go From Here | Today: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi continues his discussion about ANTIRACIST BABY, and shares the importance of starting conversations about racism with kids at a young age, his hopes for the future, and more.
- Fighting on the Front Lines of the Pandemic | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Dr. Michele Harper sheds light on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected health care workers, and the virus’s impact on vulnerable populations.
- Late Night Lit: Colson Whitehead & Danielle Mullen | Late Night with Seth Meyers: Colson Whitehead speaks with Seth Meyers about THE NICKEL BOYS.
- Harlem Renaissance | WNYC: Emily Bernard speaks on the cultural movement of Black writers and artists that flourished a century ago in uptown New York.
- Author Brit Bennett explores colorism in ‘The Vanishing Half | MPR News: Brit Bennett delves into the concept of colorism, and the discrimination within communities of color against darker skin.
- Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist | League of Education Voters: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi answers questions on how we can be antiracist ourselves, how he has evolved from internalizing racist thoughts to being an antiracist, and what we can do to create a more equitable, anti-racist society.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Megha Majumdar Discusses the Book of the Summer | TPR: Megha Majumdar discusses the ways we can hold dreams close even when institutions and systems conspire to defeat us.
- Colson Whitehead Get Lit Preview | WNYC: Colson Whitehead joins All of It for a preview conversation about THE NICKEL BOYS ahead of his book club event.
- What’s a ‘Karen’? | WNYC: Kiley Reid speaks with Code Switch about SUCH A FUN AGE and the concept of ‘Karen’.
- In lockdown with Lee Child | The Economist: The Economist catches up with Lee Child, the man behind Jack Reacher, who is looking forward to a retirement of smoking and solitude.
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett review — skin color, secrets, and lies | The Times: Passing for white and identity are explored in Brit Bennett’s bestselling and moving family saga.
- Ottessa Moshfegh’s ‘Death in Her Hands’ Is Not What It Seems | Pop Matters: Ottessa Moshfegh explores a murder mystery without the murder.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- America’s Racist War on Children | Morning Consult: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha talks about how American policies have failed to be child-centric amid the pandemic.
- Inside Johnson & Johnson’s Nonstop Hunt for a Coronavirus Vaccine | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer follows the scientists that are racing to build a vaccine against the virus strangling the world.
- Economists discuss what post-COVID-19 Could Look Like in AG Sector | Brownsfield News: Jayson Lusk predicts the changes in the agriculture industry post-COVID-19.
- Coronavirus leaves Florida a state of confusion | Los Angeles Times: Crime writer Carl Hiaasen speaks up about his beloved state as “the poster child of nationwide dysfunction.”
- Gasping, afraid, alone. What it’s like to die a COVID-19 death | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez speaks with Adupa Roa, a pulmonologist at Keck Hospital, on what it’s like to be dying from COVID.
- The Future of Education, Alice Waters, Finding Love During COVID-19 | KQED: Bay Area foodie superstar Alice Waters discusses racial justice in the restaurant industry, and how the coronavirus is shaping her restaurant and gardens.