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, December 1
- Danielle Evans joins A Night of Fierce and Fabulous Short Story Writers hosted by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (7:00PM EST)
- Charles Yu discusses his National Book Award-winning novel, INTERIOR CHINATOWN at Greenlight Bookstore (7:30PM EST)
Wednesday, December 2
- Megha Majumdar discusses A BURNING with Seminary Co-op (7:00PM EST)
- David Sibley is in-conversation at Penguin Random House (7:00PM EST)
- Jane Smiley speaks at Women Lit Bay Area Book Festival (7:00PM EST)
Thursday, December 3
- Adam Davidson is at Boston Public Library (6:00PM EST)
- Charles Yu will be at Magic City Books (8:00 PM EST)
- Jane Smiley will be at Wisconsin Book Festival (8:00PM EST)
- Sabaa Tahir is having her book launch for A SKY BEYOND THE STORM at Vroman’s Bookstore (9:00PM EST)
- Kiley Reid discusses SUCH A FUN AGE at the King County Library System (10:30PM EST)
Friday, December 4
- Sabaa Tahir discusses A SKY BEYOND THE STORM at Third Place Books (8:00PM EST)
- Jane Smiley is in-conversation about PERESTROIKA IN PARIS at Vroman’s Bookstore (9:00PM EST)
Saturday, December 5
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.
- Biden praised, yet urged to make bold systemic change by writer | MSNBC: Anand Giridharadas praises President-Elect Biden for his integrity, but urges him to make bold systemic changes.
- No, President Trump Did Not Pardon Himself | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich comments on the speculation in recent days that the president might make incendiary news by pardoning humans.
- Georgia runoffs: How you can help flip the Senate | Salon: Robert B. Reich talks about what you need to know about the Republicans defending their seats.
- Michigan governor calls Republicans’ initial refusal to certify Detroit-area votes ‘mind-boggling’ | CNN: Alisyn Camerota interviews Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on the situation with certifying election results.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- The Virus Won’t Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer warns that we must stay vigilant even with the vaccine.
- A Pandemic Holiday Season Offers Opportunities For Community, Too | NPR: Priya Parker calls for us to reimagine rituals and traditions for the present moment.
- Thanksgiving may be smaller this year, but the cost of holiday staples is rising | WBT: Jayson Lusk predicts people might see a run on certain goods around the holidays, although nothing compared with the empty shelves seen in March.
- How to find meaning when death is all around us | CNN: Kerry Egan talks about coping with the deaths cause by the pandemic.
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Is America Trapped in a Caste System? | The New Republic: Isabel Wilkerson compares American racism to structures of oppression in India and Nazi Germany.
- Created Equal: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Explains ‘Antiracism’ | wdet: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi unpacks the difference between antiracism and not being racist.
- Created Equal: Colson Whitehead’s Books Expose the Persistence of Racial Inequity | wdet: Colson Whitehead discusses the inspiration behind and lasting relevance of THE NICKEL BOYS.
- In The Office Of Historical Corrections, Author Danielle Evans Sets The Record Straight | The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Danielle Evans tackles race, grief, and belonging.
- Bryan Washington on Fiction ‘Outside the Bounds of Trauma’ | The Nation: Bryan Washington talks about the marginalized communities, Houston’s diversity of cuisines and peoples, and more.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- ‘GMA3’ Reading Squad takes on Dear Justyce | Good Morning America: Nic Stone talks about an incarcerated teen boy who writes letters to a teen girl about navigating his way through the juvenile justice system.
- 20 Books About Immigration Everyone Should Read | Cosmopolitan: This essential reading list of books includes speakers like Cristina Henriquez, Chang-rae Lee, and Dan-el Padilla Peralta.
- The Best Books of 2020 You Should Be Reading Right Now | Teen Vogue: Some of the best books this year are from Brit Bennett, Megha Majumdar, and Yaa Gyasi.
- The 10 Best Books of 2020 | The New York Times: Brit Bennett’s THE VANISHING HALF is one of the best books of 2020.
- Shelf Life: Jacqueline Woodson | Elle: Jacqueline Woodson shares her most memorable reads.