Please find below a roundup of this week’s free, public virtual events, as well as recent articles, media, and essays from PRH Speakers Bureau speakers.
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.
This publicity event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 7
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.
- An Asian American Poet on Refusing to Take Up ‘Apologetic Space’ | The New York Times: Cathy Park Hong discusses Asian outrage and why she’s seeking power, not assimilation.
- America Ruined My Name for Me | New Yorker: Bich Minh Nguyen speaks on the racism she faces with her name.
- Ibram X. Kendi on the Atlanta spa shootings, the spread of racism and How to Be an Antiracist | Seattles Times: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi speaks on the Atlanta spa shooting.
- The Birx dilemma is a lesson for the ages | The Washington Post: Matt Bai writes on the dilemma of trying to work within the system and maybe mitigate the tragedy.
- State Senate passes two gun safety bills | Delaware Public Media: Sarah McBride speaks on the new legislation restricting access to firearms and high capacity magazines.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Getting One Vaccine Is Good. How About Mix-and-Match? | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports on the possibility of pairing doses from two different Covid-19 vaccines.
- Coronavirus: how wealthy nations are creating a ‘vaccine apartheid’ | The Guardian: Howard Markel, M.D. is concerned about the speed of the global vaccination.
- WHO report leaves unsettled ‘lab-leak’ theory on origins of covid pandemic | The Washington Post: Shane Harris reports on the new WHO report on the origin of the COVID-19 virus.
- Kwame Onwuachi Talks ‘Top Chef,’ The Future Of Restaurants, And Storytelling On The Plate | Uproxx: Kwame Onwuachi talks about how restaurants are evolving coming out of this pandemic.
- A Spring Art Preview | WNYC: Jerry Saltz speaks on how artists and galleries are doing this spring, and the opening this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- 2021 Literature Award Winners | American Academy of Arts and Letters: C Pam Zhang, Kali Fajardo Anstine, and Chang-rae Lee are all 2021 literature award winners from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
- Ken Burns says he agrees PBS can ‘do better’ on diversity, representation | NBC News: Ken Burns speaks on his support for the goals of a group of nonfiction filmmakers who have criticized PBS over a lack of diversity.
- C. Pam Zhang on reading books to start each day | The Boston Globe: C Pam Zhang recounts her writing process for HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD.
- The Office of Historical Corrections — different facets of race | Financial Times: Danielle Evans’s superb collection of short stories about grief and loss that offers a sharp observation of modern life.
- Literary Lunch: Lee Child | ABC Australia: Lee Child talks about his writing process and how he still gets nervous when he releases a new book.