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.
Tuesday, March 2
- Emily St. John Mandel (THE GLASS HOTEL) joins the Enoch Pratt Free Library in presenting the CityLit Festival (7:00PM EST)
Thursday, March 4
Saturday, March 6
- Lisa Gardner (BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED) talks about award-winning thrillers at Tucson Festival of Books (1:00PM EST)
Sunday, March 7
- Emily St. John Mandel (THE GLASS HOTEL) speaks at Tucson Festival of Books (12:00PM EST)
- Robert Jones, Jr. discusses THE PROPHETS at Tucson Festival of Books (1:00PM EST)
- Lisa Gardner (BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED) talks about strong female characters at Tucson Festival of Books (1:00PM EST)
Check out #BooksConnectUsLive for more live virtual events.
News and Media from PRHSB Speakers
Black Lives Matter Movement
Below are some recent dialogues from our speakers on systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Marking Black history while the story is still being written | MSNBC: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi reflects on how a deeper knowledge of Black history could impact the national understanding of racism.
- Caste Author Isabel Wilkerson Will Change The Way You See The World | Vogue: Isabel Wilkerson has reframed the global conversation around race.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write New Superman Movie for Warner Bros. | The Hollywood Reporter: Acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to pen the script for J.J. Abrams’s Black Superman.
- ‘Marvel’s Voices’: Nic Stone on How Black Super Heroes Gave Her Super Strength | Marvel: Nic Stone writes about how generations of Black Marvel Super Heroes inspired others.
- Best Practices: How Kwame Onwuachi Is Redefining the Role of Chef and Food Personality | Food & Wine: Kwame Onwuachi speaks on moving from New York City to Los Angeles, saying goodbye to his grandfather, and why he will demand ownership in his next restaurant deal.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- Fauci: This has been my lowest point during Covid-19 pandemic | CNN: Alisyn Camerota speaks with Dr. Anthony Fauci about his lowest point in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
- F.D.A. Expert Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer reports that the one-dose vaccine is ready for distribution within the next few days.
- See How Covid-19 Has Tested the Limits of Hospitals and Staff | The New York Times: Dr. Sheri Fink reports on how care for Covid-19 patients has presented an uphill battle for medical workers.
- Beijing’s SARS lockdown taught my children resilience. Your covid kids will likely be fine | The Washington Post: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal offers some reassurances for parents.
- America’s half a million Covid deaths a stark reminder of challenges for Biden | The Guardian: Howard Markel, M.D. urges Americans to continue following public health guidelines.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Colson Whitehead: The 60 Minutes interview | CBS: Colson Whitehead opens up about his writing process, his wide variety of interests, and getting rejected.
- Ibram X. Kendi Likes to Read at Bedtime | The New York Times: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi talks about the books he’s reading, his relationship with books, and his current favorites.
- Author Charles Yu on using satire to point out Asian American stereotypes | PBS Newshour: Charles Yu speaks about INTERIOR CHINATOWN, winner of the 2020 National Book Award, which is a funny and biting satire of stereotypes of Asian Americans in popular culture.
- The Lie at the Heart of the Western | The Atlantic: C Pam Zhang challenges the concept of the literary Western.
- Authors Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson talk about new book | Good Morning America: Matt de la Peña speaks about his new book, which combines creativity with compassion and heart.
- Danielle Evans’s Poignant Histories of the Present | The Nation: Danielle Evans gives an intimate retelling of some of the debates and protests that defined the last decade.
Our speakers provide clarity and shrewd analysis of today’s issues to help make sense of our current and future political landscape.
- William Burns gets warm reception at Senate confirmation hearing to become next CIA director | The Washington Post: Shane Harris reports on the confirmation hearing of Ambassador William Burns.
- Fate, Domestic Terrorism and the Nomination of Merrick Garland | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich examines how Merrick Garland’s career has prepared him for domestic extremism.
- Law professor who patrolled as a D.C. street cop says police have ‘impossible job’ | The Washington Post: Rosa Brooks speaks on police reforms.
- Push to get Delawareans paid family and medical leave | ABC: State Senator Sarah McBride is pushing to pass paid family and medical leave.
- Why false narratives so often trump reality | The Washington Post: Robert G. Kaiser examines the unprecedented insurrection at the Capitol.