Your Guide to Penguin Random House Virtual Events: Updated Weekly

By Laura Kemp | October 20 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:

  • 10/28 at 7:30 PM EST: Random House Book Club Happy Hour Event for THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS. Join here!
  • NEW 10/29 at 8PM EST: Random House presents Halloween! The evening will include a spell session with Jamie Della (The Book of Spells and The Wicca Cookbook), a tarot card reading with Yoshi Yoshitani (Tarot of the Divine), and harvest moon-inspired readings from a group of authors we definitely want in our coven: K-Ming Chang (Bestiary), Julia Heaberlin (We Are All the Same in the Dark), Naomi Novik (A Deadly Education), and Francesca Serritella (Ghosts of Harvard). Join here!


Penguin Adult:

  • NEW 10/20 at 7:30PM EST: The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts Asha Lemmie, author of FIFTY WORDS FOR RAIN. Register for event here.
  • NEW 10/21 at 7:00PM EST: An Unlikely Story bookstore hosts a Horror Writers Panel featuring Alexis Henderson, author of THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING. Join via Crowdcast.
  • NEW 10/21 at 7:00PM EST: The Cherry Hill Public Library hosts a conversation with Madi Sinha, author of THE WHITE COAT DIARIES. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 10/22 at 3:00PM EST: Cityline (National Daytime talk show in Canada) presents a book club discussion with Brit Bennett, author of THE VANISHING HALF. Join via Facebook Live.
  • NEW 10/23 at 9:30AM EST: WomenRISING Conference event featuring Sue Monk Kidd, author of THE BOOK OF LONGINGS. Register for Zoom event here.
  • NEW 10/23 at 7:00PM EST: Quail Bridge Books hosts Alexis Henderson, author of THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING, in conversation with author Alix E. Harrow. Purchase tickets here.


Random House Children’s Books:

  • 10/24 at 3PM in Manila: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at Fully Booked (Philippines)
  • NEW 10/28 at 8:30PM EST: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at Metromedia (Honduras)
  • NEW 12/2 at 6PM EST: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at Sophos (Guatemala)


Penguin Young Readers:

  • NEW 10/24 at 11:30 AM EST: DAVE HOROWITZ story time event for EMERGENCY MONSTER SQUAD hosted by Greenlight Bookstore, learn more here!


Brightly Storytime:

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

Brightly Storytime brings you full-length picture books 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.



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:

  • 10/18 at 12:00PM EST: FIYAHCON 2020 hosts virtual “Mothers and Daughters; The Good, The Bad, and the Strange” panel with featured speaker Alexis Henderson, author of THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING, and other horror novels. Learn more here and join event via Zoom.
  • 10/18 at 1:00PM EST: East City Bookshop hosts Evie Dunmore, author of A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN, and author Sherry Thomas. Learn more and get tickets here.
  • 10/17 at 12:30PM EST: Rakestraw Books hosts Matt Haig, author of THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY, in conversation with Penguin’s own Patrick Nolan. Get tickets here.
  • 10/16 at 7:00 PM EST — Megha Majumdar’s A Burning | Brattleboro Literary Festival“The Consequences of a Decision” Festival Participation | Virtual In-Conversation with Amir Ahmadi Arian Join via Zoom
  • 10/15 at 4pm CT: Oliver Jeffers WHAT WE’LL BUILD Virtual Tour with BookPeople.
  • 10/15 at 6:00PM PT/ 9:00PM EST: City Arts & Lectures presents Chanel Miller, author of KNOW MY NAME, in conversation with Jia Tolentino. Get tickets here.
  • 10/15 at 9:30PM EST: The Wisconsin Book Festival hosts Kiley Reid, author of SUCH A FUN AGE, and author Angie Kim. Join via Crowdcast.
  • 10/15 at 2:00PM EST: Shondaland Instagram Live series with Brit Bennett, author of THE VANISHING HALF. Join via Instagram Live.
  • 10/15 at 4:00PM EST: The Wisconsin Book Festival hosts Emma Straub, author of ALL ADULTS HERE, in conversation with Judith Claire Mitchell. Join via Crowdcast.
  • 10/15 at 5:00 PM EST — Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility | NYU’s Center for Disability Studies Disability Visibility at the Intersections Join via Zoom
  • 10/15 at 6:00 PM EST — Tommy Orange’s There There | UCLA American Indian Studies CenterBook Talk with Tommy OrangeJoin via Zoom
  • 10/15 at 7:00 PM EST — Paola Ramos’s Finding Latinx | Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Conversation and Q&A Join via Zoom
  • 10/14 at 6PM EST: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at The Bookmark (Puerto Rico)
  • 10/14 at 4 pm ET: Oliver Jeffers WHAT WE’LL BUILD Virtual Tour with An Unlikely Story.
  • 10/14 at 4:00PM EST: Murder by the Book hosts Tana French, author of THE SEARCHER. Join via Facebook Live.
  • 10/14 at 8:00PM EST: The Hideout and Seminary Co-op present Jeff Tweedy, author of HOW TO WRITE ONE SONG. Join via Noonchorus.
  • 10/14 at 12:00 PM EST — John Grisham’s A Time for Mercy | Bookmarks North Carolina. Lunch with John Grisham and Louise Penny Join via Zoom
  • 10/14 at 4:00 PM EST — Nicholas A. Basbane’s Cross of Snow | Friends of Goddard Library EventVirtual Event with Nicholas Basbanes Join via Zoom
  • 10/14 at 7:00 PM EST — Emily Bernard’s Black Is the Body | University of Rochester River Campus Libraries Virtual Event “Writing and Resilience” with Emily Bernard Join via Zoom
  • 10/14 at 8:00 PM EST — David Allen Sibley’s What It’s Like to Be a Bird | Georgia Audubon Sip and Draw with David Sibley. Join via Zoom