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, March 29
Tuesday, March 30
- Emily St. John Mandel joins Wellesley Books to celebrate the paperback release of THE GLASS HOTEL (7:00PM EST)
- Kiley Reid speaks with Dawnie Walton at Greenlight Bookstore (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.
- Andrew Yang Reacts To Anti-Asian Crime And His Own Experiences | MSNBC: Alex Wagner speaks with Andrew Yang about the need for AAPI representation in the President’s Cabinet and what is needed to combat the rising number of hate crimes against the Asian American community.
- What The Georgia Shootings Reveal About Anti-Asian Racism In The U.S.| wbur: Cathy Park Hong discusses the connection between rising violence now, and America’s history of anti-Asian discrimination.
- Why the Georgia G.O.P.’s Voting Rollbacks Will Hit Black People Hard | The New York Times: Mark Leibovich talks about how the state’s new Republican-crafted law is set to restrict voting access.
- Tech experts explain how social media disinformation is reshaping politics | CBS News: Roger McNamee explains how the American public has been a victim of conspiracy theories, hate speech, and disinformation.
- What Mr. Miyagi Taught Me About Anti-Asian Racism in America | Catapult: Bich Minh Nguyen speaks on the anti-Asian racism in American pop culture.
- I Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement | The New York Times: Ian Manuel talks about the harrowing injustice he suffered as a boy.
Women’s History Month
Below are some recent dialogues commemorating the vital role of women in American history.
- Cathy Park Hon among National Book Critics Circle Award winners | Los Angeles Times: Cathy Park Hong wins the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography.
- NAACP Image Awards 2021: The Complete Televised Winners List | Variety: Jacqueline Woodson wins Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens.
- 100 Women of Color Remember Their First Encounter With Racism—And How They Overcame It | Oprah Daily: Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt recalls her first experience with racism.
- Great Women Scientists | VOA News: Rachel Ignotofsky talks about some of the greatest women scientists of all time.
These articles from our speakers highlight practical advice and news about the current pandemic.
- We invested in the war on terrorism at the cost of public health | Los Angeles Times: Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal speaks on how our focus on terrorism during the past two decades left us unprepared for the pandemic.
- Miami Beach mayor’s message to spring breakers: Don’t come here | CNN: Alisyn Camerota speaks with Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber on the unruly spring break crowds that have flooded the city and threatened public safety in the midst of a global pandemic.
- More Shoppers Are Buying Meat Alternatives, But Some Are Still Concerned About Taste And Texture | Iowa Public Radio: Jayson Lusk speaks on the changes to the meat industry during the pandemic.
- Historians Draw Lessons from Coronavirus Pandemic and Earlier Outbreaks | Health Leaders Media: Howard Markel, M.D. talks about the many parallels COVID-19 have to earlier outbreaks including lack of preparedness, healthcare inequities, and politicization of pandemics.
- How Small Restaurants Leveraged Their Pain to Win Stimulus Money | The New York Times: Kwame Onwuachi and The Independent Restaurant Coalition lobby Congress for stimulus money for restaurants.
Books Connect Us
With their imaginative, impactful pieces of literature, our speakers provide incredibly valuable perspectives to be read by all.
- Talking Volumes: A conversation with author Chang-rae Lee | MPR News: Chang-rae Lee talks about the issues of race, class, and immigration in the United States.
- GMA Buzz Picks: Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong | GMA: Cathy Park Hong’s MINOR FEELINGS is a series of essays that combine memoir, cultural criticism and history to discuss the Asian American experience in the U.S.
- A Reading List to Celebrate Asian Authors, From Members of TIME’s Asian Community | TIME: Cathy Park Hong, Ocean Vuong, and Celeste Ng are on this list.
- 2034, a Cautionary Tale of Conflict with China | The New Yorker: Elliot Ackerman speaks on his latest novel.
- What Does It Mean to Be a Living Thing? | The New York Times: Carl Zimmer examines the many scientific attempts to define what it is that exactly constitutes life.