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, July 19
- Omar El Akkad discusses his new novel with Soho Press author Roy Scranton, hosted by Powell’s City of Books (8:00PM EST)
Wednesday, July 21
- Omar El Akkad and Mamta Chaudhry discuss What Strange Paradise, sponsored by Lemuria Books in partnership with the Mississippi Book Festival (5:30PM CST)
Thursday, July 22
- Megha Majumdar discusses A Burning in-conversation with Maggie Shipstead at The University of Washington’s Bookstore (4:00 PM PT)
- Omar El Akkad discusses What Strange Paradise at the Free Library of Philadelphia (7:30 PM EDT)
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Politics and Current Events
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- Ibram X. Kendi on What Conservatives — and Liberals — Get Wrong About Antiracism | New York Times: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi answers challenging questions about racism and public policy.
- The Pandemic Changed Medical Education In Potentially Lasting Ways | NPR: Elisabeth Rosenthal shares her thoughts on the use of telemedicine in the post-pandemic society.
- The Guardian’s Julia Carrie Wong: Understanding Critical Race Theory, Part 1 | Harvard Business Review: Julia Carrie Wong joins Porter Braswell on his podcast to break down the controversy around critical race theory in the U.S.
- How Did The Sacklers Pull This Off? | New York Times: In his latest op-ed, Patrick Radden Keefe scrutinizes the founders of Purdue Pharma.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- The only writer to win fiction Pulitzers for consecutive works speaks with 60 Minutes | CBS: Colson Whitehead opens up to John Dickerson about his writing process, his wide variety of interests, getting rejected and “the space of very little hope” he found himself working in when he wrote The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys.
- Emily St. John Mandel wrote a new novel in quarantine | Entertainment Weekly: Emily St. John Mandel harnesses the very specific combination of fear, malaise, and existential crisis that was 2020 into a beautiful new novel.
- Novel Ideas: Brit Bennett | Vanity Fair: Brit Bennett, the Women’s Prize-shortlisted author of The Vanishing Half, shares her favorite novels with Vanity Fair.
- Marginalia: Yaa Gyasi On ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ | NPR: Yaa Gyasi celebrates the paperback release of Transcendent Kingdom with Marginalia.
- Colson Whitehead on Historical Heists | The New Yorker: Colson Whitehead discusses “The Theresa Job,” his story from the latest issue of the magazine.
- Ken Burns: ‘I felt that Hemingway’s uber-masculinity was a mask’ | The Guardian: Ken Burns discusses his six-part portrait of Ernest Hemingway, his 40‑year career, and working during a golden age of storytelling.
- Where are they now? Catching up with some of Starbucks ‘Upstanders’ | Starbucks News & Stories: Starbucks follows up with Ian Manuel, who was featured in 2017 as a part of a series of stories and videos highlighting the people who bring us together