Our speakers continue to participate in virtual events that are open to the public, and we are happy to include a roundup for you here. With things so uncertain at the moment, we hope attending these events will provide some hope, comfort, and inspiration. We have compiled all the upcoming virtual events from our speakers for the next week, as well as recent articles, media, and essays on different aspects of the pandemic.
Are you interested in learning more about virtual events? Contact us and we would be happy to provide suggestions for planning your next webinar, livestream, or keynote, from finding the right speaker to advising on technology.
As always, we wish you safety and health.
Virtual Events with Our Speakers
While we remain indoors, we’re finding new ways to connect with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. Tune in to these virtual Penguin Random House speakers’ book events, author Q&A’s and more that are happening this week.
- Nic Stone and fellow YA author Dhonielle Clayton have daily conversations through the end of May with several 2020 debut authors on Instagram Live (2PM EST)
- Nic Stone runs “First Chapter Fridays” every Friday on IGTV (12PM EST)
- Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds host a virtual book club every week in May to discuss their book, STAMPED (Wednesdays, 2PM EST)
- Nic Stone chats with fellow YA author Angie Thomas every Thursday on Instagram Live (3PM EST)
- Rachel Cargle reads a picture book every weekday on Instagram Live (3PM EST)
Monday, May 18
Tuesday, May 19
- Kelly Hoey will deliver a keynote address on careers and networking for the Bright Insights conference (10AM EST)
- Lawrence Wright in conversation with Lila Shapiro for SXSW Sessions (12PM EST)
- Anand Giridharadas has a conversation about income inequality and the displacement of wealth in the U.S. (7PM EST)
- Emily St. John Mandel has a virtual in-conversation with Los Angeles Times arts writer, Carolina Miranda (10PM EST)
Wednesday, May 20
- Charles Yu chats with Books & Books about his inventive novel, INTERIOR CHINATOWN (1PM EST)
- Kelly Hoey discusses approaches to career strategies in times of crisis in a LUMA webinar (2PM EST)
- Patrick Radden Keefe joins Random House’s Two Writers Talking series to discuss true crime with David Grann (7PM EST)
- Taylor Jenkins Reid plays Online Trivia with other authors as part of the NYC Trivia League (8PM EST)
Thursday, May 21
- Kelly Hoey hosts a webinar on how to effectively network now to ensure solid relationships later (2PM EST)
Friday, May 22
- Sister Helen Prejean will be one of the keynote speakers for the livestreamed event “The Death Penalty in the Age of Data, Science, and Abolition” (12PM to 8PM EST)
- Lawrence Wright speaks about THE END OF OCTOBER with the Harvard Bookstore (7PM EST)
- Dani Shapiro joins Stephanie Danler for an in-conversation about Danler’s new book (7PM EST)
- Sister Helen Prejean will discuss her memoir, RIVER OF FIRE (10:30PM EST)
Sunday, May 24
- Adam Gidwitz joins the Gaithersburg Book Festival to talk about his new children’s book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series (11AM EST)
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
We are all looking for the most relevant information about the current crisis, as well as advice on how to cope with the quickly changing personal, political, and cultural landscape. These articles from artists, journalists, scientists, and productivity experts highlight practical advice and news from the frontlines of the pandemic.
- Fireside Fire Drill with Jane Fonda and Robert Reich | Fire Drill Fridays: Actress and climate advocate Jane Fonda interviews former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the looming climate catastrophe, and why we must not go back to normal after this coronavirus crisis ends.
- One World and Color of Change | Ideas x Action: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha have an eye-opening conversation about inequality and health, and their respective work and research.
- U.S. Deports COVID-19-Positive Immigrants to Haiti & Guatemala | Democracy Now!: Novelist Edwidge Danticat speaks about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 due to deportations.
- Seat at the Table | VICE TV: On Seat at the Table, Anand Giridharadas delivers a monologue about ethics of donations from private equity firms during the coronavirus crisis.
- What COVID-19 Reveals About the U.S. Food Supply | Amanpour & Co.: Journalist and food sustainability expert Amanda Little talks about the complexities of the food production process, especially in the wake of the pandemic.
- Hate speech and disinformation are ‘jet fuel’ for social media companies | MSNBC: Early Facebook investor Roger McNamee argues that social media algorithms “distort public health and democracy”.
- COVID Activism & “Notes from a Young Black Chef” with Kwame Onwuachi & Liz Bacelar | SXSW: Chef Kwame Onwuachi joins the SXSW virtual series, for a candid chat about how he has been fighting for local restaurants during the pandemic.
- ‘There’s a Quiet All Over the World’ | The New York Times: On the Sugar Calling podcast, Cheryl Strayed has a captivating conversation with poet Billy Collins.
- The battle over the United States Postal Service | NPR: Writer Casey Cep examines the growing questions surrounding the future of the USPS.
- Millions Of Pigs Will Be Euthanized As Pandemic Cripples Meatpacking Plants | NPR: Jayson Lusk speaks about how meatpacking plants have been harmfully affected by the coronavirus crisis.
- The Way We Live Now | iHeartRadio: Dani Shapiro interviews more people affected by the pandemic, including a children’s book author, an American expat, and more.
- What if my co-workers are working more hours? | iHeartRadio: Laura Vanderkam helps listeners cope when quarantine experiences are different amongst employees.
- What We Learn From Pandemic Lit | WBUR: Lawrence Wright on how stories about global pandemics help us understand our current situation.
- Looking Through Time with Rebecca Makkai | The PEN Pod: Author Rebecca Makkai discusses this moment in time and why it’s vital that we continue making and talking about art during times of crisis.
- I’m Sick of Asking Children to Be Resilient | The New York Times: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha urges for reform in Flint, Michigan, now that both the water crisis and coronavirus outbreak have ravaged the city.
- Trump’s Failures are Exposing the Dark Side of American Exceptionalism | Newsweek: Robert Reich examines the U.S. response to COVID-19 under the Trump administration.
- Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? | The Atlantic: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi examines the circumstances surrounding the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, and why Black people “keep feeling [the] lethal effect” of the coronavirus.
- Feeding America Should Become a Federal Priority | Bloomberg: Amanda Little looks at how Americans need federal assistance when it comes to food.
- CDC Issues Alert About Mysterious Illness In Kids Linked To COVID-19 | Yahoo! Life: Dr. Matt McCarthy shares details about a mysterious COVID-related illness in children.
- Novelist Ottessa Moshfegh Is Embracing “The Light Side of the Darkness” | GQ: Ottessa Moshfegh writes about how she is getting through this period of isolation.
- We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests | Yahoo! News: Reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal examines several ways that America could have prevented the wide spread of Covid-19, and what we might do now to mitigate further risk.
- Meat Packing Plants and More: Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered | Undark: Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum returns with more answers to reader questions about the coronavirus and the systems affected by the pandemic.
- Putin Is Well on His Way to Stealing the Next Election | The Atlantic: Franklin Foer writes about the forces attempting to sway the 2020 election results.
- This Is the One Thing You Shouldn’t Let Your Kids Do Amid Coronavirus | BestLife: Pediatrician Cara Natterson urges parents not to send their children to grandparents’ homes, as these older adults are more susceptible to catching COVID-19.