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, November 24
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.
- Trump’s Legal Team Sets a Precedent for Lowering the Bar | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich remarks on the conspiracy theories, the unfounded fraud claims, and the lawsuits.
- Sarah McBride Hopes Historic 2020 Victory Sends ‘Reassuring Message’ To LGBTQ Youth | Huffpost: Sarah McBride hopes her election as the highest-ranking transgender lawmaker will send a “reassuring message” to young LGBTQ+ Americans that they are represented.
- Hot Take’s bid for Trump’s new MAGA news network | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alex Wagner discusses the new MAGA news network.
- The Republican mayor of San Diego was right to slap down Gov. Newsom | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez speaks on the political consequences for government officials that are not following their own restrictions.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- When Will We Throw Our Masks Away? I Asked Dr. Fauci | The New York Times: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal interviews Dr. Fauci on how to survive the coming months.
- Pfizer’s vaccine is under F.D.A. review, and Moderna’s may not be far behind. But what does 95% effective mean? | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer breaks down the process in getting the vaccine approved.
- Abandon Your Thanksgiving Script | The New York Times: Priya Parker explains how we can build a different kind of holiday this year.
- We’re celebrating Thanksgiving amid a pandemic. Here’s how we did it in 1918 – and what happened next | USA Today: Howard Markel, M.D. makes comparisons to a Thanksgiving more than a century ago when many Americans were living under quarantines, and officials warned people to stay home for the holiday.
- Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Says Lessons Learned in Flint Can Help In Fight Against COVID-19 | wdet: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha shares her thoughts on the current state of the pandemic.
- The cost of Thanksgiving staples see price hike amid pandemic | Purdue University: Jayson Lusk speaks on some trends in food pricing to be expected going into the week of Thanksgiving.
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates isn’t ready to celebrate America just yet | The Washington Post: Ta-Nehisi Coates explains why he remains skeptical about the future.
- Making higher education anti-racist | The Harvard Gazette: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi offers possible reforms in college admissions and talks about the importance of faculty representation.
- Author Isabel Wilkerson offers new framework for understanding race in America | The Bowdoin Orient: Isabel Wilkerson talks about her research about social stratification in India and Nazi Germany and compares these examples to the history of racial hierarchy in the United States.
- Barry Jenkins Shares Another Striking Look At Amazon’s The Underground Railroad | Deadline: The limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name chronicles young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
- Mastercard’s Former Chief Diversity Officer Donna Johnson: Advancing Company Culture | Harvard Business Review: Porter Braswell talks about how to make long-term change to company culture, why we should talk about race at work, and when a company should hire a chief diversity officer.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Charles Yu Wins National Book Award for Interior Chinatown | The New York Times: Charles Yu’s INTERIOR CHINATOWN wins the 2020 National Book Award for fiction.
- 100 Notable Books of 2020 | The New York Times: The notable fiction, poetry, and nonfiction list includes Dr. Michele Harper, Megha Majumdar, Isabel Wilkerson, Bryan Washington, Phil Klay, and Brit Bennett.
- The 10 best books of 2020 | The Washington Post: The Washington Post names Isabel Wilkerson’s CASTE and Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM as best books of 2020.
- The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020 | TIME: Megha Mujamdar’s A BURNING and Brit Bennett’s THE VANISHING HALF are best fiction books of 2020.
- Best books 2020: What to read, shared by Amazon Books editors | NBC: Brittany K. Barnett, Brit Bennett, Isabel Wilkerson, Bryan Washington, and Megha Mujamdar are on this list.