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.
Wednesday, March 17
- Jennifer L. Holm speaks at Word Bookstores (4:00PM EST)
- Robert Jones, Jr. discusses THE PROPHETS at Castle Hill (6:00PM EST)
Thursday, March 18
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Women’s History Month
Below are some recent dialogues commemorating the vital role of women in American history.
- State Senator Sarah McBride on Making History and Affirming Trans Lives | ACLU: State Senator Sarah McBride is a powerful example of how transgender people are building a more inclusive public life.
- Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021: Brit Bennett, Avni Doshi and Patricia Lockwood make longlist | The Independent: Brit Bennett and Yaa Gyasi are all among this year’s nominees.
- These 5 audiobooks recount American history as written and voiced by Black women | Seattle Times: Emily Bernard gathers 12 brilliant essays that explore the complexities and interstices of navigating white spaces as a Black woman.
- Why Don’t America’s Public Schoolchildren Get Universal Free Lunch? | Eater: Alice Waters is fighting for permanent free school meals for students.
- Yaa Gyasi: ‘Toni Morrison blew away everything I thought I knew about literature’ | The Guardian: Yaa Gyasi talks about tackling her to-be-read pile during the pandemic, crying over Natasha Trethewey, and not finishing ULYSSES.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Stateside: One year of COVID-19 | NPR: Howard Markel, M.D. talks about the path to some kind of normal after a year of pandemic living.
- The Trump Health Care Policies That Deserve to Stick Around | The New York Times: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal speaks on previous administration’s policies that should be continued.
- ‘There is a measured motherhood penalty’: Lauren Smith Brody on working women | Yahoo Finance: Lauren Smith Brody talks about the impact of the coronavirus on working women.
- Will COVID-19 permanently change habits? | WATT Poultry: Jayson Lusk explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed consumer habits
- Our Pandemic Year: An Oral History Of Parenting Through COVID | Romper: Lauren Smith Brody talks about her pandemic parenting experience.
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- Biden Relief Bill Shows ‘Not Just New Policies, But New Thinking’ | MSNBC: Anand Giridharadas talks about how the coronavirus relief bill, with its historic investment in the poorest Americans, shows how Democrats have shifted to the left on government spending.
- Breonna Taylor’s mother says her daughter’s death and the lack of justice is ‘still unbelievable’ a year later | CNN: Alisyn Camerota speaks with Breonna Taylor’s mother.
- Hate crimes. Harassment. Indignities. Being Asian in 2021 | WNYC: Cathy Park Hong speaks on how Asian Americans are enduring a new wave of violence.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reflections On Recent History | WAMU: Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses what this last year has meant for Black people in America, his own upbringing in the Washington region, and adapting his written work for the small screen.
- A Political Hurricane Blew Through Georgia. Now It’s Bracing for More | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich writes about the political climate in Georgia.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- A touching account of one American family’s struggle with schizophrenia | KCRW: Robert Kolker traces the lives of the Galvin family, how they coped with devastating loss and suffering, and searched for answers and treatments for schizophrenia.
- With or without me, Florida will always be wonderfully, unrelentingly weird | Miami Herald: Carl Hiaasen expresses his love for his state.
- In ‘2034: A novel of the Next World War,’ it’s man against machine | The Washington Post: Elliot Ackerman imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034.
- Book Nook: My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee | WYSO: Chang-rae Lee reveals what his latest novel is all about, how he got the idea, and how he isn’t a great karaoke singer but he does have a gift for humming.
- Julie Taymor To Direct Babylon Berlin’s Liv Lisa Fries In Adaptation Of Jennifer Clement Novel Gun Love | Deadline: Jennifer Clement’s GUN LOVE is being adapted to film.