Your Guide to Penguin Random House Virtual Events: Updated Weekly

By Laura Kemp | September 22 2020 | Adult Children's

Worldwide, readers are seeking the comforts of books and live storytelling during this time when we are physically apart, so connecting readers with books and authors is more important than ever.  To help, Penguin Random House is now hosting a wide variety of virtual events each day. Below is a partial listing of upcoming events.

 

Join us as we come together around books–the thread that unites us all. Discover the stories that will distract, calm, and inspire us, and most importantly connect each other. Find out more about #BooksConnectUs here, and join our community of avid readers around the world by participating in our virtual events:

 

This page is updated every week on Tuesdays. To find out about Penguin Random House’s most up-to-date events, please follow these pages:

 

Random House Adult:

  • 9/22 at 7:30PM PT: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, City Arts & Lectures (San Francisco) event in conversation with Courtney Martin (Register here)
  • 9/23 at 7PM ET: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, National Writers Series event in conversation with Rochelle Riley (Register here)
  • 9/29 7PM ET: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, The New Republic’s Salon Series event in conversation with Laura Marsh (Register here)
  • NEW 9/29 at 7:30 PM EST: Random House Book Club Happy Hour with The Margot Affair. Register here.
  • 10/1 at 7:30PM CT: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, Southern Festival of Books event with Parnassus Books (Nashville) in conversation with Ann Patchett (Register here)
  • 10/5 at 7PM ET: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, White Whale Bookstore (Pittsburgh) event in conversation with Sarah Elaine Smith (Register here)
  • 10/7 at 7:30PM ET: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, Community Bookstore (Brooklyn) event in conversation with Megha Majumdar (Register here)

 

Penguin Adult:

  • NEW 9/22 at 12:00PM PT/ 3:00PM EST: The Commonwealth Club hosts Ken Follett to discuss his newest release THE EVENING AND THE MORNING with author Lee Child. Purchase tickets here.
  • NEW 9/22 at 7:00PM EST: McIntyre’s Books hosts virtual author talk with Craig Johnson, author of NEXT TO LAST STAND, in conversation with actor Bailey Chase. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 9/22 at 7:00PM EST: Books & Books hosts virtual event with Anthony DePalma, author of THE CUBANS. Join via Crowdcast.
  • NEW 9/22 at 8:00PM EST: Norwich Bookstore hosts Jodi Picoult as she launches her book THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS, in conversation with Brit Bennett, author of THE VANISHING HALF. Learn more and get tickets here.
  • NEW 9/22 at 6:00PM PT/ 9:00PM EST: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore hosts Craig Johnson, author of NEXT TO LAST STAND. Join via Facebook Live.
  • NEW 9/23 at 7:00PM EST: Reads and Company Bookshop hosts virtual event with Craig Johnson, author of NEXT TO LAST STAND. Join via Crowdcast.
  • NEW 9.23 at 7:00PM EST: The Powerhouse Arena hosts Shalom Auslander to discuss his newest book, MOTHER FOR DINNER, in conversation with Andre Royo. Learn more and register here.
  • NEW 9/23 at 7:00PM MT/ 9:00PM EST: Tattered Cover Bookstore hosts live stream with Craig Johnson, author of NEXT TO LAST STAND. Join livestream here.
  • NEW 9/24 at 12:00PM EST: Barnes and Noble book club hosts Richard Osman as he discusses his new book, THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, with Harlan Coben. Join via Facebook Live. Also streamed on B&N Twitter.
  • NEW 9/24 at 6:00PM EST: 92nd St. Y hosts Zadie Smith, author of INTIMATIONS, to discuss her new collection with Ashley C. Ford. Purchase tickets here.
  • NEW 9/24 at 6:30PM EST: Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop hosts virtual event with Craig Johnson, author of NEXT TO LAST STAND. Join via Zoom..
  • NEW 9/24 at 7:00PM EST: Penguin World’s Book Club discusses Alexis Henderson’s novel THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING in conversation with Rachel Harrison, author of THE RETURN. Register here.
  • NEW 9/24 at 7:00PM CT/ 8:00PM EST: St. Louis County Library hosts virtual event with Craig Johnson. Learn more about the Facebook Live event here.
  • NEW 9/25 at 6:00PM CT/ 7:00PM EST: Murder by the Book hosts Craig Johnson. Watch via Facebook Live.
  • NEW 9/25 at 6:00PM PT/ 9:00PM EST: Book Carnival hosts Zoom event with Craig Johnson. Learn more and find Zoom link here.
  • NEW 9/26 at 12:00PM MT/ 2:00PM EST: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore hosts Richard Osman to discuss his new novel THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB with Mark Billingham. Learn more and access Facebook Live event here.
  • NEW 9/26 at 4:00PM PT/ 7:00PM EST: Prairie Lights Bookstore hosts virtual event with Craig Johnson. Register here.
  • NEW 9/26 at 4:00PM PT/ 7:00PM EST: Sunriver Books hosts Craig Johnson. Learn more and access Zoom event here.

 

Random House Children’s Books:

 

Penguin Young Readers:

  • NEW 9/21 at 7PM EST: ARVIN AHMADI LAUNCH for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with Adib Khorram hosted by McNally Jackson via Zoom, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/22 at 7PM EST: ARVIN AHMADI event for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli hosted by Porter Square Books via Crowdcast, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/22 at 5PM PST: CHELSEA CLINTON LAUNCH for SHE PERSISTED IN SPORTS in conversation with Ibtihaj Muhammad hosted by Vromans via Crowdcast, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/22 at 7PM EST: CANDICE ILOH LAUNCH for EVERY BODY LOOKING hosted by Books Are Magic via Zoom, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/23 at 7PM EST: ARVIN AHMADI event for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with Blair Imani hosted by Politics & Prose via Zoom, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/23 at 6:30PM PST: CHELSEA CLINTON event for SHE PERSISTED IN SPORTS in conversation with Maia Shibutani hosted by Changing Hands via Zoom, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/24 at 1PM EST: Jacqueline Woodson will be in conversation with LeVar Burton to discuss BEFORE THE EVER AFTER at the Schomburg Literary Festival. Register here.
  • NEW 9/24 at 6:30PM EST: CANDICE ILOH event for EVERY BODY LOOKING hosted by the Schomburg Center Literary Festival via Zoom, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/24 at 7PM CST: ARVIN AHMADI event for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with JP Brammer hosted by BookPeople via Zoom, learn more here!
  • NEW 9/24 at 9:30PM EST: ARVIN AHMADI event for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with Nazanin Nour via Instagram Live, tune in here!
  • NEW 9/25 at 12PM EST: CANDICE ILOH event for EVERY BODY LOOKING in conversation with Nic Stone via Instagram Live, tune in here!
  • NEW 9/25 at 5PM EST: ARVIN AHMADI event for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with Angie Thomas via Instagram Live, tune in here!
  • NEW 9/25 at 7PM EST: ARVIN AHMADI event for HOW IT ALL BLEW UP in conversation with Hannah Azerang via Zoom, learn more here!

 

Brightly Storytime:

Brightly is a resource to help parents raise lifelong readers launched in partnership with Penguin Random House.

Brightly Storyime brings you full-length picturebooks read out loud by their storyteller, Ms. Linda.

Check out the Read Brightly website and the Brightly Storytime Youtube channel, where they post story time videos.

 

Podcasts:

We Are YA Podcast

You’ve heard from young adult authors on social, now hear what they really have to say! Writer and journalist Anna Borges talks with the diverse authors that make up the modern YA community on We Are YA, presented by Penguin Teen.

  • Pocket Change Collective Episodes:
    • Ep 1: Kimberly Drew: This Is What I Know About Art, listen here
    • Ep 2: The New Queer Conscience with Adam Eli, airdate 6/11
    • Ep 3: – Imaginary Borders with with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, airdate 6/18
    • Ep 4: – Beyond the Gender Binary with Alok Vaid-Menon, airdate 6/25

 

Books Connect Us Podcast:

Here are some of the upcoming Books Connect Us podcast episodes to check out in the coming days:

 

Read It Forward’s The Adaptables Podcast:

“We love to watch what we read” is the slogan for this creative production that dives into readers’ favorite book-to-screen adaptations.  Beginning with Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu, listen to Emma Shafer and Abbe Wright chat with authors and insiders, including LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE author Celeste Ng about the makings of a great adaptable book,

 

Del Reydio Podcast:

The podcast is hosted and produced by Del Rey marketers Julie Leung and Ashleigh Heaton, and officially launched on March 26.

  • Episode 1: “Spaceboys” (March 26) Ashleigh and Julie talk Animal Crossing and Westworld. We check in with editor Tom Hoeler to discuss virtual board games. And editor Sarah Peed interviews author Emily Skrutskie about her new book, BONDS OF BRASS.
  • Episode 2: “Adopted by a Giant Spider” (April 2) Ashleigh and Julie check in with Megan Tripp, Del Rey’s social media manager, and talk about cozy fantasy reads. Our marketing colleague Kathleen Quinlan interviews author Zack Jordan about his space opera debut, THE LAST HUMAN.
  • Episode 3: “Human with a Sword” (April 9) Ashleigh and Julie talk about anime and check in with editorial assistant Alex Davis on his Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Editorial Director Tricia Narwani interviews Kevin Hearne about their 16 (!) books together, including the upcoming INK & SIGIL. And listen to an audiobook excerpt from WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks, as read by Mark Hamill.

 

Key Past Events:

  • 9/21 at 7PM CT: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, Inprint! (Houston) event in conversation with Wayétu Moore (Register here)
  • 9/20 at 1:00PM EST: Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present “A Virtual Afternoon with Ken Follett,” author of THE EVENING AND THE MORNING. Join via Crowdcast.
  • 9/20 at 2:00PM CT/ 3:00PM EST: Murder by the Book bookstore hosts Richard Osman, author of THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB, in conversation by Alan Bradley. Join via Facebook Live.
  • 9/19 at 11:00AM CT/ 12:00PM EST: Les d’Escoffier of New Orleans will host a virtual culinary book club with Lisa Donovan, author of OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HUNGER. Join via Facebook Live.
  • 9/19 at 7PM CT: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour. St. Louis County Library event with Left Bank Books in conversation with Tayari Jones (Register here)
  • 9/17 at 7:00PM EST: Watermark Books hosts Mike Lupica, author of ROBERT B. PARKER’S FOOL’S PARADISE, in conversation with Harlan Coben. Join via Zoom.
  • 9/17 at 7PM CT: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, Wisconsin Book Festival event in conversation with Ainehi Edoro (Register here)
  • 9/17 at 6PM EST: NINA LACOUR event for WATCH OVER ME in conversation with Stephanie Perkins hosted by Books & Books via Instagram Live, learn more here!
  • 9/17 at 7PM EST: MAX BRALLIER event for THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE SKELETON ROAD. Featuring Jeff Kinney hosted by An Unlikely Story via Crowdcast, learn more here!
  • 9/16 at 5PM PST: MAX BRALLIER event for THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE SKELETON ROAD. Featuring Douglas Holgate hosted by Pages via Zoom, learn more here!
  • 9/16 at 5PM PST: NINA LACOUR event for WATCH OVER ME in conversation with Tiffany D. Jackson hosted by Books Inc., learn more here!
  • 9/16 at 1:00PM CT/ 2:00PM EST: Lemont Public Library hosts Stephanie Wrobel, author of DARLING ROSE GOLD. Join via Zoom.
  • 9/16 at 4:30PM EST: NYT Book Review: Politics of Fiction presents Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, in conversation with Ayad Akhtar and Rachel Kushner. RSVP here.
  • 9/16 at 7:00PM EST: Barnes & Noble Book Club hosts Jacqueline Woodson, author of RED AT THE BONE, in conversation with Phoebe Robinson. Join via Facebook Live.
  • 9/16 at 8:00PM EST: Books on the Subway hosts “In Conversation with Debut Authors 2020” event with Ashla Lemmie, author of FIFTY WORDS FOR RAIN. Register for Zoom event here.
  • 9/16 at 7PM EST: Yaa Gyasi’s TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM tour, Midtown Scholar Bookstore (Harrisburg, Pa.) event in conversation with Kiley Reid (Register here)
  • 9/16 at 7PM CST: “Magic and Mayhem: Adventures in Graphic Novels!”Featuring: Sophie Escabasse, Reimena Yee, Nathan Page, and Drew Shannon. Hosted by: The Book Stall (Chicago, IL). Hosted on Crowdcast: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/magic-and-mayhem-adventures-graphic-novels
  • 9/16 at 1:00PM EST: Marcus JCC of Atlanta Book Festival hosts In Your Living Room book club event with Ken Follett, author of THE EVENING AND THE MORNING, in conversation with Erica Jong. Get tickets here.
  • 9/15 at 8PM EST: Random House Summer Reads: Join Regina Porter (The Travelers), Yiyun Li (Must I Go), Gabriella Burnham (It Is Wood, It Is Stone), and Sanaë Lemoine (The Margot Affair). Register here.