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 12
- Yaa Gyasi celebrates the paperback release of TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM with Seija Rankin and Loyalty Bookstores (8:00PM ET)
Tuesday, July 13
- Megha Majumdar presents A BURNING in-conversation at Book Passage (5:00PM EST)
- Yaa Gyasi presents TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM in-conversation with Akwete Tyehimba at the Dallas Museum of Art (7:00PM CDT)
Thursday, July 15
- Yaa Gyasi celebrates the release of TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM at Magic City Books (8:00PM EST)
- Megha Majumdar discusses A BURNING with Jennifer Thompson at Warwicks (7:00PM EST)
Friday, July 16
- Yaa Gyasi presents TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM in-conversation with Esi Edugyan at Book Passage (4:00PM EST)
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.
- Two Iconic American Writers Join Howard University to Create the Center for Journalism and Democracy | MacArthur Foundation: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Nikole Hanna-Jones will join the Howard University faculty.
- The Declaration Of Independence Brings Mixed Feelings For Native Americans | NPR: David Treuer talks about how Native Americans interpret the Declaration of Independence.
- Black Workers Stopped Making Progress on Pay. Is It Racism? | New York Times: Eduardo Porter reports on the widening wage gap for marginalized people over the last 40 years.
- Big Tech to spend more time fighting regulation, warns Roger McNamee | CNBC: Roger McNamee appeared on Closing Bell to discuss the dismissal of the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit against Facebook.
- Black Americans and Economic Mobility | Harvard Business Review: On his podcast, Race at Work, Porter Braswell talks to the leader of McKinsey’s Institute for Black Economic Mobility about the racial gaps in the U.S. economy.
- Facing Warming Waters, Fishermen Are Taking Up Ocean Farming | Smithsonian Magazine: Bren Smith discusses the new farming model of the future.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Taylor Jenkins Reid Makes the Case for “Chick Lit” | Interview Magazine: Taylor Jenkins Reid answers questions about her writing process and the often-maligned genre of chick lit.
- ER doctor Michele Harper discusses ‘The Beauty in Breaking’ | Los Angeles Times: Dr. Michele Harper joins the LA Times Book Club to share the stories behind her bestselling memoir about life as an ER doctor.
- Lawrence Wright’s ‘The Plague Year’ | The Book Show: Lawrence Wright joins WAMC’s The Book Show to discuss his all-encompassing account of the COVID pandemic.
- Megha Majumdar presents, “A Burning,” with C. Pam Zhang | Community Bookstore: Megha Majumdar spoke with fellow PRHSB speaker C Pam Zhang about Majumdar’s debut novel, now out in paperback.
- “The Hummingbirds’ Gift” and “Finding the Mother Tree” | Harvard Book Store: Suzanne Simard was in conversation with Sy Montgomery about their new, highly anticipated books.
- July Book-Ahead: What We’re Excited To Read Next Month | NPR: Omar El Akkad‘s new novel, WHAT STRANGE PARADISE, is on this list of exciting new books for July.