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.
Wednesday, May 26
- Mike Lupica is in-conversation with James Patterson, sponsored by North of Boston Libraries and Wellesley Books (7:00PM EST)
- Ian Manuel speaks at The Center for Fiction (7:30PM EST)
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- ‘More Americans are aware of racism’ since George Floyd murder | ABC News: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses racism, antiracism, and the controversy surrounding the teaching of critical race theory in schools.
- Sarah McBride wasn’t running to be the ‘trans’ state senator. But she became the 1st.| NBC News: Sarah McBride wants transgender Americans present at all levels of government.
- A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of | The New York Times: Eduardo Porter speaks on President Biden’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan to extend the nation’s broadband footprint.
- They find needles, rats and the occasional corpse. But they’re happy for the job cleaning skid row. | Los Angeles Times: Steve Lopez reports on the efforts on cleaning up the infamous skid row.
- Renewed focus on Wuhan lab scrambles the politics of the pandemic | The Washington Post: Shane Harris talks about the renewed focus of the administration on finding the origins of the virus.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Covid Deaths In U.S. Fall To Level Not Seen Since March 2020 | The Mehdi Hasan Show: Anand Giridharadas reflects on the lessons he hopes society has learned in the last 14 months.
- The Pandemic Will Just Fade Out, Says U-M Medical Historian | WEMU: Howard Markel, M.D. talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be ending, the strength of the current vaccine, and the protection the vaccine provides.
- Early analysis suggests that another mRNA vaccine is safe, but its effectiveness isn’t yet known. | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer speaks on the RNA vaccine from the German company CureVac.
- The origins of covid-19 and the shadow of the Trump era | The Washington Post: Matt Bai reports on the renewed interest on the origins of the coronavirus.
- Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan? | Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: Nicholas Wade discusses the origins of the virus.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Jenna Bush Hager’s June 2021 book club pick will transport you to the beach | TODAY: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s MALIBU RISING is the Read With Jenna June book club pick.
- Book Club reads Michele Harper’s The Beauty in Breaking | The LA Times: The June book pick is Michele Harper’s THE BEAUTY IN BREAKING.
- Alice Waters Gets To The Heart Of America’s Health And Food Problem In New Book | NPR: Alice Waters talks about her slow food manifesto WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.
- The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid review – a devastating analysis | The Guardian: Lawrence Wright’s deep research reveals the oversights and errors that fatally hampered the US response to the pandemic.
- 10 Y.A. Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer | The New York Times: Gayle Forman’s WE ARE INEVITABLE and Nicola Yoon’s INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING are on this list.