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.
These publicity events are free and open to the public.
Monday, August 16
- Brittany K. Barnett in-conversation with Beth Huebner to discuss A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom at the St. Louis County Library (7PM CST)
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
In the News
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political and societal landscape.
- Were U.S. losses in vain? ‘Forever war’ in Afghanistan resulted in fewer terror attacks | USA Today: As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Amy McGrath and Michael O’Hanlon thank Afghanistan veterans.
- Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Backlash to Critical Race Theory and the Steps to Make America Anti-Racist | The Ringer: Ibram X. Kendi discusses the prejudice around school curriculum.
- COVID-19 Will Be With Us For Some Time. What Might That Look Like? | NPR: NPR’s Sarah McCammon speaks with Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic, about the threat of new COVID-19 variants and the recent rise in cases throughout the country.
- Column: Here’s what I got wrong about the Newsom recall circus | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez reflects on his previous statements about the California Gubernatorial Recall Election.
- Ibram X. Kendi explains why racist policies — not people — are the problem | Washington Post: Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be Antiracist, discusses the effect of bad policies and how we can move forward from them.
- Women and girls in Afghanistan fear for future as Taliban fights for control of country | NBCUniversal: Afghan women and girls are fearful for dark days ahead as the Taliban works to take over the nation. Anand Giridharadas serves as a guest host for MSNBC’s American Voices to discuss the setback for human rights in the region.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Her Books Show the Lifestyles of the Fictional and Famous. She’s Poised for Some Fame of Her Own. | New York Times: Taylor Jenkins Reid, the author of Daisy Jones & the Six and one of this summer’s hits, Malibu Rising, is tapping into the desire among readers (and Hollywood) for escapism plus complexity.
- Two Strangers With a Stunningly Intimate Connection Walk Into a Restaurant… | Bon Appetit: Using cuisine as a medium, Dani Shapiro shares the story of how she met her biological father for the first time.
- ‘What Strange Paradise’ Explores Forced Displacement Through a Child’s Eyes | KQED: Omar El Akkad discusses his newest novel, What Strange Paradise, the ongoing global refugee crisis, and the human stories that inform his work.
- Top Chef Judge Kwame Onwuachi Shares His Best Cooking Tips – Exclusive | Mashed: In an exclusive interview with Mashed, Kwame Onwuachi reveals tips that make the difference between “good” and “blah” food.
- ‘The most segregated hour’: one woman’s quest to promote dialogue between Black and white Christians | The Guardian: Latasha Morrison has made it her mission to help Christians of different races talk about racial justice through Be the Bridge.
- Bill Lawrence’s Ted Lasso Follow-up Is a Show About Vince Vaughn in Florida | Vulture: Apple TV+ and Bill Lawrence to produce Bad Monkey, based on a novel of the same name by Carl Hiaasen.