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.
Tuesday, February 22
Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28
- Brit Bennett, Jacqueline Woodson, Jennifer Egan, Edwidge Danticat, Ocean Vuong, Robin Coste Lewis, Tommy Orange, and Yaa Gyasi will take part of Song of Solomon Marathon Reading (7:00pm EST)
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.
- Isabel Wilkerson On The New Reconstruction Era In America | MSNBC: Isabel Wilkerson states the United States is facing a new kind of Reconstruction.
- Brit Bennett Is on the TIME100 Next 2021 List | TIME: Brit Bennett is a storyteller who is informed and inspired by the intensities and complexities of our present moment.
- The Works That Changed Our Understanding of America | The Atlantic: Yaa Gyasi and Brit Bennett have shaped the nation through their storytelling.
- Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on the Black Experience in America and How to Be an Antiracist | The Ringer: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses white allyship, reparations, and his new book, FOUR HUNDRED SOULS.
- ‘Trying To Reckon Honestly’: Dartmouth Prof. On The Evolution Of Black History Month | VPR: Dr. Matthew Delmont speaks about the importance of Black History Month.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- U-M Medical Historian: Vaccinations Are The Only Way Out Of ‘This Contagious Nightmare’ | WEMU: Howard Markel, M.D. shares his perspective on where we are now in the pandemic compared to previous pandemics and how he sees it ending.
- C.D.C. Announces $200 Million ‘Down Payment’ to Track Virus Variants | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports on the new investment to help with the pandemic.
- How to gather with purpose in 2021 | Fortune: Priya Parker provides tips on how to gather in this new year.
- New #TakeoutTuesday Campaign Encourages Ordering On Restaurants’ Slowest Night | Forbes: Kwame Onwuachi joins other chefs in encouraging takeout orders on Tuesdays to help restaurants during this pandemic
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Writing About Illness Without Platitudes | The New York Times: Suleika Jaouad talks about her experience with the disease and her effort, in writing the book, to avoid the many platitudes that surround serious illness.
- Kiley Reid takes on class culture again in the short story Simplexity | Entertainment Weekly: Kiley Reid is tackling many of her signature issues in her upcoming short story.
- Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad, is a sweeping, twisty tale of love, family and hope | The Washington Post: Chang-rae Lee records the adventures of a college dropout in this wild tale that moves coolly between satire and thriller.
- Toni Morrison Was a ‘Transcendent Fact of Life’: Read Author Isabel Wilkerson’s Tribute to the Late Writer | People: Isabel Wilkerson writes about the literary icon.
- Ibram X. Kendi And Keisha Blain Discuss Four Hundred Souls | WAMC: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain talk about the importance of this book.
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- Dallas County judge says blame for power crisis ‘lies squarely’ on Gov. Abbott and Rick Perry | CNN: Alisyn Camerota speaks with the county’s director of emergency management about the power and water crisis in Texas.
- How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along! | Politicon: Alex Wagner shares the many insights she has gained from dedicating her career to understanding the electorate.
- Merrick Garland Faces Resurgent Peril After Years Fighting Extremism | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich speculates that the fallout from the Capitol attack will take center stage at the confirmation hearings.
- America has experience curbing dangerous industries. We can do the same with tech. | The Washington Post: Roger McNamee speaks on the dangers of misinformation.
- Should the Feds Guarantee You a Job? | The New York Times: Eduardo Porter tackles the question of having the federal government provide jobs directly to anyone who wants one.