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.
Tuesday, June 8
- Lawrence Wright discusses THE PLAGUE YEAR at The Washington Post Live (1:00PM EST)
- Taylor Jenkins Reid talks about her new book with Camila Morrone for Random House (8:00PM EST)
Wednesday, June 9
- Suzanne Simard is in conversation with Hamilton Cain at Books & Books (6:30PM EST)
- Lawrence Wright talks to Daniel Zalewski about THE PLAGUE YEAR for Writers Bloc (8:00PM EST)
Thursday, June 10
- Ocean Vuong is in conversation with Chanel Miller at Books & Books (7:00PM EST)
- Suzanne Simard speaks about FINDING THE MOTHER TREE at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (7:00PM 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 and societal landscape.
- Ibram X. Kendi On Humor, Shared Language And Collective Action In New ‘Be Antiracist’ Audio Show | Forbes: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses the importance of shared language and the inspiration behind his new podcast, premiering June 9.
We’ll Probably Need Booster Shots for Covid-19. But When? And Which Ones? | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer breaks down what we know so far about Covid-19 booster shots and what we have yet to learn.
- Senator Sarah McBride On the Advice and Compassion She’d Give Her Younger Self | POPSUGAR: Sarah McBride on the lessons she’s learned as a part of the LGBTQ+ community and the wisdom she’d share with her younger self, if she could go back in time.
- ‘Hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved’ by Trump’s government says US journalist | Channel 4 News: Lawrence Wright speaks about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the US government’s response cost many lives.
- The pandemic will end not with a bang, but a whimper | Michigan Radio: Howard Markel, M.D. talks about how the COVID pandemic will have a very vague, nebulous ending.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Author Ocean Vuong on how ‘queerness’ made him a better person | TODAY: Ocean Vuong discusses his journey to owning his identity and his creative awakening that resulted.
- Bryan Washington on the Narratives We Fear | The New Yorker: Bryan Washington discusses “Foster,” his latest short story published in The New Yorker.
- R.J. Palacio’s ‘Pony’ to be published in September | Associated Press: Random House Children’s Books announced that R.J. Palacio’s new children’s book will tell the story of a young boy’s “harrowing yet distinctively beautiful journey” in the mid-1800s.
- The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid | Booklist: Lawrence Wright received a Booklist starred review for THE PLAGUE YEAR, which was called, “By far the best book yet on COVID-19…”