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.
Thursday, February 18
Saturday, February 20
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on the 400-year story of Black people in America | Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi speaks on FOUR HUNDRED SOULS, the story of Black people in America from the perspectives of 90 writers who reflect the community’s diversity and lived experience.
- We need to retell U.S. history with Black people at the center | Fortune: As historians of the Black experience, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain set out to chart the rich and dynamic history of Black people in the U.S.
- The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett shares her top 5 books for Black History Month | Good Morning America: Brit Bennett shares her list of favorite books to read to celebrate Black culture.
- Playing Kerri Strug | Marie Claire: Kiley Reid presents a cutting, witty examination of the stories we tell ourselves and others—and what they reveal about who we actually are.
- The Stories Marginalized Writers Tell When They Don’t Center Trauma | NPR: Bryan Washington speaks on the kinds of stories marginalized writers are rewarded for telling, and what happens when they choose a different path.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- South LA’s MLK Jr. Hospital became a COVID hotspot. Other hospitals didn’t step in to help | Press Play with Madeleine Brand: Dr. Sheri Fink speaks on her week inside MLK Jr. Hospital last month, where roughly a quarter of all the COVID-19 patients in the hospital were dying from the virus.
- 7 Virus Variants Found in U.S. Carrying the Same Mutation | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports on the concerns surrounding the 7 virus variants.
- Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha receives second dose of COVID vaccine | Mid-Michigan Now Newsroom: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha encourages others who are eligible to take the vaccine.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Presenting the Finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards | The Paris Review: C Pam Zhang, Isabel Wilkerson, and Robert Kolker are finalists.
- Facebook’s “Oversight Board” Is a Sham. The Answer to the Capitol Riot Is Regulating Social Media | Time: Roger McNamee talks about the role of social media in helping coordinate the riots.
- Quintessential Black Literature, According to Black-Owned Indie Bookstores | W Magazine: Brit Bennett, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Isabel Wilkerson are on this list.
- Scala Radio Book Club: A Burning by Megha Majumdar | Scala Radio: Megha Majumdar discusses her novel, A BURNING.
- Suleika Jaouad’s journey Between Two Kingdoms | CBS News: Suleika Jaouad speaks about life after cancer.
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- Anand Giridharadas Says Trump-Era ‘Arsonists get to Come Back as Firefighters’ | The Mehdi Hasan Show: Anand Giridharadas argues for a redistribution of second chances.
- LGBTQ rights advocate Sarah McBride | CBS News: Sarah McBride speaks with CBS about her journey to becoming the country’s highest-ranking elected official who is transgender.
- ‘Dad, I Don’t Want to Come Back to the Capitol’: Raskin Speaks of the Horror of Jan. 6 | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich covers Representative Jamie Raskin’s emotional speech during the impeachment trial.
- Our institutions didn’t fail when Trump attacked them. Quite the opposite. | The Washington Post: Matt Bai writes that the lamentations prompted by Trump’s impeachment acquittal are misplaced.