Your Guide to Penguin Random House Virtual Events: Updated Weekly

By Laura Kemp | December 1 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:

  • 12/2 & 12/3 at 7:30PM EST: Holidays With Random House: Penguin Random House Holiday House Presented by Zenni Optical. Featuring Debbie Macomber (Jingle All The Way); Claire Saffitz (Dessert Person) and the one and only Ina Garten (Modern Comfort Food). Register here.
  • NEW 12/2 at 1:30 PM EST: Bess Kalb’s Nobody Will Tell You This But Me | Detroit JCC Book Fairs Lunch with the Authors Virtual In-Conversation with Elayne Klasson followed by Audience Q&A
    Join VIA YouTube Live
  • NEW 12/2 at 3:00 PM EST: Tom Shone’s The Nolan Variations | Writer’s BlocVirtual Event, In-Conversation with Christopher Nolan and Kenneth Branagh
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/2 at 7:00 PM EST: Charles Baxter’s The Sun Collective | Union League of ChicagoVirtual Event, In-Conversation with Miles Harvey
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/2 at 7:00 PM EST: Megha Majumdar’s A Burning | Seminary Co-op Bookstores EventVirtual In-Conversation with Clancey D’Isa followed by Audience Q&A
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/2 at 7:00 PM EST: Alice Quinn’s Together in a Sudden Strangeness | Literati BookstoreVirtual Event, Participating Poets include Ama Codjoe, Deborah Garrison, Amit Majmudar, Linda Gregerson, Richie Hofmann, Dave Lucas and Sally Wen Mao
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/2 at 7:00 PM EST: David Allen Sibley’s What It’s Like to Be a Bird | Penguin Random HouseDavid Sibley In-Conversation with Rick Prum and Drew Lanham
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/2 at 7:00 PM EST: Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris | Women Lit Bay Area Book FestivalVirtual In-Conversation with Brooke Warner followed by Audience Q&A
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/3 T 6:00 PM EST: Adam Davidson’s The Passion Economy | Boston Public LibraryIn-Conversation w/ BPL President David Leonard
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/3 at 8:00 PM EST: Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown | Magic City BooksIn-Conversation w/ Simon Han
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/3 at 8:00 PM EST: Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris | Wisconsin Book FestivalVirtual In-Conversation with Jane Hamilton, followed by Audience Q&A
    Join via Crowdcast
  • NEW 12/4 at 7:00 PM EST: Alice Quinn’s Together in a Sudden Strangeness | Hudson Valley Writer’s CenterVirtual Event, Participating Poets include Sarah Arvio, Rick Barot, Stephanie Burt, Timothy Donnelly, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Dana Levin, Carl Phillips, and Katha Pollitt
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 12/4 at 8:00 PM EST: Charles Baxter’s The Sun Collective | Magers & QuinnVirtual Event, In-Conversation with Chris McCormick
    Join via Facebook Live
  • NEW 12/4 at 9:00 PM EST: Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris | Vroman’s BookstoreVirtual In-Conversation with Elaine Szewczyk, followed by Audience Q&A
    Join via Crowdcast
  • NEW 12/5 at 1:00 PM EST: Lars Kepler’s Lazarus | Murder By the Book Virtual Event. Join via YouTube Live

 

Penguin Adult:

  • NEW 12/1 at 6:00PM EST: Hub City hosts Denise Kiernan, author of WE GATHER TOGETHER, in conversation with Erin Templeton. Join via Crowdcast.
  • NEW 12/1 at 7:00PM EST: Watermark Books hosts virtual author event with KJ Dell Antonia, author of THE CHICKEN SISTERS. Join via Facebook Live.
  • NEW 12/1 at 7:00PM EST: The MacArthur Memorial hosts Kevin Maurer, author of ROCK FORCE. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 12/1 at 7:00PM EST: PowerHouse Arena hosts virtual book launch for John Kenney, author of LOVE POEMS FOR THE OFFICE (OR WHEREVER). Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 12/2 at 4:00PM EST: Third Place Books hosts Marty Wingate, author of MURDER IS A MUST, in conversation with Hannah Dennison. Register for Zoom event here.
  • NEW 12/2 at 6:30PM EST: Belmont Books hosts Jenny Bayliss, author of THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS, in conversation with panelists Jenny Holiday and Jenny Colgan. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 12/2 at 7:00PM EST: Quail Ridge Books hosts Maria Goodavage, author of DOCTOR DOGS, in conversation with author Cat Warren. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 12/3 at 6:00PM EST: Blue Willow Books hosts KJ Dell Antonia, author of THE CHICKEN SISTERS. Join via Facebook Live.
  • NEW 12/3 at 7:00PM EST: Women & Children First hosts Halley Sutton, author of THE LADY UPSTAIRS. Join via Crowdcast.
  • NEW 12/3 at 7:00PM EST: Howard County Library in Maryland hosts Denise Williams, author of HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING. Join event via Zoom.
  • NEW 12/5 at 6:00PM EST: Escondido Public Library hosts Denise Williams, author of HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 12/6 at 8:30PM EST: Prairie Lights Bookstore hosts Midwest Writers Virtual Holiday Potluck with special guest Denise Williams, author of HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING. Join via Zoom.

 

Random House Children’s Books:

  • 12/1 7:00PM EST: Karen M. McManus THE COUSINS Virtual Event with Porter Square Books – In Conversation w/Stephanie Garber
  • 12/2: Karen M. McManus THE COUSINS Virtual Event with Square Books, Jr  – In Conversation w/Kim Johnson, 6:00PM EST
  • 12/3 at 7:00PM EST: Karen M. McManus THE COUSINS Virtual Event wit Indigo Books – IG Live
  • 12/3 at 5:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM CST: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at DCC (Costa Rica)
  • 12/4 at 10:00 PM EST / 12/5 at 10:00 AM Philippine Standard Time: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at Fully Booked (Philippines)
  • 12/4 at 8:00PM EST: Karen M. McManus THE COUSINS Virtual Event with Changing Hands – In Conversation with Samira Ahmed
  • 12/5 at 7:00PM EST: @HeyItsCarlyRae – IG Live
  • 12/8 at 8:00 PM EST / 12/9 at 9:00 AM HKT: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at Bookazine (Hong Kong)
  • 12/10 at 5:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM CST: Jennifer Niven Virtual International Event Tour at DCC (El Salvador)

 

Penguin Young Readers:

  • 12/1 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM EST: Virtual tour with Sabaa Tahir and friends for A SKY BEYOND THE STORM Kepler’s Books with J. Elle
  • 12/3 at 6 PM PT / 9 PM EST: Virtual tour with Sabaa Tahir and friends for A SKY BEYOND THE STORM Vroman’s Bookstore with Nicola Yoon. Moderated by Megan McCluskey.
  • 12/4 at 5 PM PT /8 PM EST: Virtual tour with Sabaa Tahir and friends for A SKY BEYOND THE STORM Third Place Books with Renée Ahdieh.
  • NEW 12/5 at 1PM EST: TOCHI ONYEBUCHI LAUNCH event for REBEL SISTERS in conversation with VE Schwab hosted by Astoria Bookshop, learn more here!
  • 12/7 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM EST: Virtual tour with Sabaa Tahir and friends for A SKY BEYOND THE STORM Politics and Prose with Tochi Onyebuchi. Moderated by Everdeen Mason, The Washington Post.
  • 12/9 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM EST: Virtual tour with Sabaa Tahir and friends for A SKY BEYOND THE STORM Barnes & Noble with Adam Silvera.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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