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 9
Tuesday, August 10
- Brittany Barnett joins MahoganyBooks co-owner and host Derrick Young for a discussion about resilience and justice reform in her new book, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom (7:00PM EST)
Wednesday, August 11
Thursday, August 12
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.
- COVID-19 Will Be With Us For Some Time. What Might That Look Like? | NPR: Dr. Matt McCarthy speaks about the threat of new COVID-19 variants and the recent rise in cases throughout the country.
- 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.
- The climate refugees are coming. Countries and international law aren’t ready for them. | The Globe and Mail: In a special op-ed, Omar El Akkad comments on a global approach to asylum that has centered on war and political persecution, not natural disaster.
- ‘We all have an obligation to continue the fight to make our country better’ | MSNBC: Retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel, former US Senate candidate, and author of Honor Bound, Amy McGrath calls on all Americans to protect our democracy by running for public office and standing up to self-interested politicians
- Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance. | Kaiser Health Network: Elisabeth Rosenthal offers an economic argument for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- You’re Still Exhausted: Anne Helen Petersen analyzes the invisible (and visible) ways the pandemic has generated such a widespread feeling of exhaustion in her newsletter.
- Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on making Four Hundred Souls | Crosscut: Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain discuss how they curated so many voices of the community and which contributions kept them up at night and brought them to tears.
- Chef Kwame Onwuachi Reveals the Hardest Thing About Being on Top Chef | Vulture: In an exclusive interview, Kwame Onwuachi shared the details on why competing on “Top Chef” is so grueling.
- Is Ken Burns Taking Up Too Much Space? He Doesn’t Think So. | New York Times: Ken Burns responds to the PBS letter and discusses why he is “very troubled” by the Anthony Bourdain A.I. voiceover.
- Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor in Development at HBO Max | Vulture: Colson Whitehead’s 2009 novel is currently in development as a TV series at HBO Max.
- The delta variant arrived at just the right time to break our spirits | Washington Post: In this op-ed, Anne Helen Petersen reflects on the anxiety of the past year and the impending emotional impact of the Delta variant.