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 26
- Yaa Gyasi will appear in-conversation with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton to discuss Transcendent Kingdom at Blue Willow Bookshop (8:00PM EST)
Tuesday, July 27
- Megha Majumdar joins Watermark Books & Café to discuss A Burning (8:00PM EST)
- Omar El Akkad and Tim O’Connell discuss What Strange Paradise at City Lights (9:00PM PST)
Wednesday, July 28
- Megha Majumdar shares her national best-selling, debut novel A Burning with The National Arts Club (5:00PM EST)
- Omar El Akkad joins Jeff VanderMeer to discuss What Strange Paradise at Elliott Bay Book Co (9:00PM EST)
Thursday, July 29
- Megha Majumdar and Danielle Evans celebrate the release of A Burning with Loyalty Bookstores (6:00PM EST)
- Omar El Akkad presents What Strange Paradise with Lydia Kiesling at Community Bookstore (7:30PM EST)
Friday, July 30
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.
- Critical Race Theory 101 | The Brian Lehrer Show: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi talks about what critical race theory means as an academic approach and why it’s become a cultural hot button.
- “Just be his friend” | The.Ink: Casey Gerald shares his feelings with Anand Giridharadas on writing the profile of the musician Leon Bridges.
- The Great Outdoors Is Giving Way to the Great Indoors | The New York Times: Charlie Warzel writes about the wildfire smoke and how it threatens our health.
- Understanding Critical Race Theory, Part 2 | Harvard Business Review: Porter Braswell discusses how to apply critical race theory to our lives and work.
- Israeli Data Suggests Possible Waning in Effectiveness of Pfizer Vaccine | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer warns that while the new numbers still show overwhelmingly strong protection against the severe disease but diminished effectiveness against infection.
- The Founders’ Plague—and Ours | Foreign Affairs: Stephen Fried compares the partisanship and misinformation occurring today to the 1790s.
- Ken Burns looks back at Muhammad Ali’s appearance at 1996 Olympics | Today Show: In preparation for the 2021 Summer Olympics, Ken Burns reflects on Ali’s surprise appearance to light the Olympic cauldron.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Sentenced to life in prison at 13, he wrote a book about redemption | Today Show: At age 13, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He chronicles how hope, dedication and poetry helped him survive.
- See the first look of Ocean Vuong’s next book Time Is a Mother | Entertainment Weekly: In April 2022, Ocean Vuong will release his next collection, Time Is a Mother, focusing on personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America.
- Station Eleven Author Emily St. John Mandel Signs With Verve | Variety: Verve has signed author Emily St. John Mandel for book-to-screen rights and screenwriting.
- The Untold Stories of Wes Studi | GQ: Tommy Orange tells the story of an overlooked icon who forever changed the way Indigenous people are depicted onscreen.
- Why Forsyth’s Day Of The Jackal was a game-changer for thrillers | BBC News: Lee Child calls the Day of the Jackal “a year-zero, game-changing thriller, one of the most significant of all time.”