Your Guide to Penguin Random House Virtual Events: Updated Weekly

By Laura Kemp | January 26 2021 | 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:

  • 1/26 7:30PM at EST: Random House Book Club Happy Hour for MISS BENSON’S BEETLE. Register here.
  • NEW 1/26 at 7PM EST: Rick Bragg’s Where I Come From | Watermark BooksVirtual Event
    Join via Zoom
     
  • NEW 1/26 at 7PM EST: David Allen Sibley’s What It’s Like to Be a Bird | Boulder BookstoreVirtual Event, In-Conversation with Ted Floyd
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/26 at 9PM EST: John Ghazvinian’s America and Iran | Town Hall SeattleVirtual Event
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/26 at 10PM EST: Gretel Ehrlich’s Unsolaced | Chaucer’s BooksVirtual Event, In-Conversation with Jane Hirshfield
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/27 at 3PM EST: Alexander McCall Smith’s Pianos and Flowers | Boswell Book Company Virtual Event
    Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/27 at 5:30PM EST: Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys | Arizona State University Virtual Event
    Join via Zoom
     
  • NEW 1/27 at 7PM EST: Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance | Doubleday Two Writers Talking Two Writers Talking: Family Secrets with Bob Kolker and Dani Shapiro Join via Zoom 
  • NEW 1/27 at 7:30PM EST: Jenny Offill’s Weather | Community Bookstore In-Conversation with Diane Cook
    Join via Crowdcast
  • 1/27 at 8PM EST: Join Jedidiah Jenkins (Like Streams to the Ocean), Cole Arthur Riley (This Here Flesh), Kate Bowler (Everything Happens for a Reason), and Sarah Bessey (A Rhythm of Prayer) in a virtual event for our new community of spiritual seekers, curious minds, and engaged readers. Register here.
  • NEW 1/28 at 6:45PM EST: John Ghazvinian’s America and Iran | Simithsonian Virtual Event Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/28 at 7PM EST: Rick Bragg’s Where I Come From | Quail Ridge Books Virtual Event Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/28 at 8PM EST: Gretel Ehrlich’s Unsolaced | Rakestraw Books Virtual Event Join via Crowdcast
  • NEW 1/28 at 10PM EST: Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris | Copperfield’s Book Store Virtual In-Conversation with Barbara Lane, followed by Audience Q&A Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/29 at 7PM EST: Rick Bragg’s Where I Come From | Interabang Books Virtual Event, In-Conversation with Brian Weiskopf Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/30 at 3PM EST: Alexander McCall Smith’s Pianos and Flowers | Third Place Books Virtual Event Join via Zoom
  • NEW 1/31 at 2PM EST: Mary Beth Norton’s 1774 | Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Digital ‘Book Break’ Presentation Join via Zoom

 

Penguin Adult:

  • NEW 1/26 at 6:00PM EST: Books & Books hosts Carl Hart, author of DRUG USE FOR GROWN-UPS, in conversation with Neal Brennan. Register here.
  • NEW 1/26 at 7:00PM EST: The House of Speakeasy hosts Milo Beckman, author of MATH WITHOUT NUMBERS. Learn more and register for entire event with multiple authors here.
  • NEW 1/26 at 7:30PM EST: Community Bookstore hosts Sean Desmond, author of SOPHOMORES. Register for Facebook Live event here.
  • NEW 1/27 at 4:00PM EST: The AJC of Philadelphia/Southern NJ hosts David Nasaw, author of THE LAST MILLION. Register here.
  • NEW 1/27 at 7:30PM EST: The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts Stephanie Schriock, author of RUN TO WIN, in conversation with actress Yvette Nicole. Register for Zoom event here.
  • NEW 1/27 at 9:00PM EST: City Arts & Lectures hosts Carl Hart, author of DRUG USE FOR GROWN-UPS, in conversation with Lara Bazelon. Learn more here.
  • NEW 1/27 at 6:00PM PT/9:00PM EST: University Bookstore in Seattle, WA hosts William Gibson to celebrate the paperback release of AGENCY. Join via Zoom.
  • NEW 1/28 at 12:00CT/1:00PM EST: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum hosts Kevin Maurer, author of ROCK FORCE. Register for event here.
  • NEW 1/28 at 1:00PM CT/2:00PM EST: Murder by the Book hosts Stephanie Wrobel, author of DARLING ROSE GOLD, and Eliza Jane Brazier, author of IF I DISAPPEAR. Watch via Facebook Live or YouTube.
  • NEW 1/28 at 6:00PM CT/7:00PM EST: Interabang Books hosts Sean Desmond, author of SOPHOMORES. Join event via Facebook Live.
  • NEW 1/28 at 7:00PM EST: The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center hosts Rabbi Steve Leder, author of THE BEAUTY OF WHAT REMAINS, in conversation with Bob Saget. Purchase tickets here.
  • NEW 1/29 at 1:00PM CT/2:00PM EST: Murder by the Book hosts Kate Weinberg, author of THE TRUANTS (now in paperback), in conversation with M. L. Rio. Join the event via Facebook Live or YouTube.
  • NEW 1/31 at 7:00PM EST: The Back Room hosts virtual “Cocktails and Conversation” hour with special guest Lisa Gardner, author of BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED. Register for Zoom event here.
  • NEW 1/31 at 3:00PM EST: The National Women’s History Museum hosts Stephanie Schriock, author of RUN TO WIN. Register for Zoom event here.

 

Random House Children’s Books:

  • 1/26 at 2PM EST: Politics & Prose Live! Louisa Jaggar, Shari Becker, and Floyd Cooper-Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States, learn more here!

 

Penguin Young Readers:

  • NEW 1/26 at 6PM EST: HAYLEY KRISCHER event for SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ALI GREENLEAF with activist group Me Too Many Voices, hosted on Instagram Live, tune in here!
  • NEW 1/27 at 7PM EST: MALINDA LO event for LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB in conversation with X.R. Pan, hosted by Porter Square Books, learn more here! 
  • NEW 1/27 at 1PM EST: Brad Meltzer will virtually visit kids around the world to talk about the Ordinary People Change the World series. Click here to join the event!
  • NEW 1/28 at 7PM EST: PAMELA PAUL event for RECTANGLE TIME hosted by the Westchester Library Author Talks Series, learn more here! 
  • NEW 1/29 at 2PM PST: RANSOM RIGGS livestream for DESOLATIONS OF DEVIL’S ACRE hosted on Instagram Live, tune in here!
  • 2/2 at 7PM CST: A TASTE FOR LOVE launch event with Blue Willow Bookshop featuring Jennifer Yen in conversation with Gloria Chao. Register 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.

 

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:

  • 1/25 at 6PM EST: KRISTIN CASHORE  event for WINTERKEEP in conversation with agent Fay Bender and editor Andrew Karre, Hosted by Books & Books, learn more here! 
  • 1/24 at 3PM EST:  Kevin Barry’s That Old Country Music | Politics & Prose Live! Virtual Event with Mark O’Connell Join via Zoom
  • 1/24 at 2PM PST KRISTIN CASHORE and MALINDA LO event for WINTERKEEP and LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB moderated by Tui Sutherland. Hosted by Mysterious Galaxy Sunday, learn more here! 
  • 1/23 at 11:30 AM EST: Story Time: Colleen AF Venable & Stephanie Yue present KATIE THE CATSITTER, live via Zoom!
  • 1/23 at 12:00PM EST: FoxTale Book Shoppe hosts Jennifer Probst, author of OUR ITALIAN SUMMER, in conversation with Samantha Verant, author of THE SECRET FRENCH RECIPES OF SOPHIE VALROUX. Register for Zoom event here.
  • 1/23 at 1PM EST: Alexander McCall Smith’s Pianos and Flowers | Tattered Cover Bookstore Virtual Event Join via YouTube
  • 1/22 at 8PM EST: Tom Vanderbilt’s Beginners | Politics & Prose Live! Virtual In-Conversation with Virginia Heffernan, followed by Audience Q&A
    Join via Zoom
  • 1/22 at 10:00AM EST: The Association of the United States Army hosts a webinar with Kevin Maurer, author of ROCK FORCE. Registration link found here.
  • 1/22 at 7:00PM EST: Best of Books hosts Lisa Gardner, author of BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, in conversation with Lisa Scottoline. Get tickets here.
  • 1/22 at 7:00PM EST: North of Boston Libraries host Ace Atkins, author of ROBERT B. PARKER’S SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, in conversation with Ingrid Thoft. Learn more and register for Zoom event here.
  • 1/22 at 2PM PST: RANSOM RIGGS livestream for DESOLATIONS OF DEVIL’S ACRE. Hosted on Instagrm Live, learn more here! 
  • 1/21 at 7PM EST: ABIGAIL HARRISON LAUNCH event for DREAM BIG! In conversation with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly. Hosted by Malaprops, learn more here! 
  • 1/21 at 6PM EST: Megha Majumdar’s A Burning | National Book Foundation Presents: Happy Debut Year Virtual In-Conversation with Tommye Blount and Douglas Stuart Join via Zoom
  • 1/21 at 7PM EST: Kevin Barry’s That Old Country Music | Harvard Book Store Virtual Event with Peter Orner Join via Zoom
  • 1/21 at 7:30PM EST: Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris | Savannah Book Festival Virtual In-Conversation with Jessica Osborne of E. Shaver, followed by Audience Q&A Join via Crowdcast
  • 1/21 at 3:00PM PT/ 6:00PM EST: The Commonwealth Club hosts Annie Jacobsen, author of FIRST PLATOON. Register for event here.
  • 1/21 at 7:00PM EST: Books & Books in partnership with the Miami Bookfair host Robert Jones Jr., author of THE PROPHETS, in conversation with Deesha Philyaw. Join event via Crowdcast.
  • 1/21 at 7:00PM EST: Cuyahoga County Library in partnership with Mac’s Backs Books hosts Lisa Gardner, author of BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED. Purchase tickets here.
  • 1/21 at 6:30PM CT/ 7:30PM EST: Six Bridges Book Festival hosts C.M. Waggoner, author of THE RUTHLESS LADY’S GUIDE TO WIZARDRY. Get tickets for Zoom event here.
  • 1/21 at 11AM EST: JOY MCCULLOUGH storytime for CHAMP & MAJOR: FIRST DOGS. Hosted by Politics & Prose, learn more here! 
  • 1/20 at 6PM EST: Kevin Barry’s That Old Country Music | Prairie Lights Virtual Event with Susan Orlean Join via Zoom 
  • 1/20 at 8PM EST: Charles Baxter’s The Sun Collective | Subtext Books Virtual Event, In-Conversation with Matthew Duffus Join via Crowdcast 
  • 1/20 at 9PM EST: Joel Bakan’s The New Corporation | Commonwealth Club Panel with Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbot, Elizabeth Davis and Kevin McGarry Join via Zoom
  • 1/20 at 11AM EST: Peaceful Like A Panda Storytime with author Kira Willey, learn more here!
  • 1/20 at 6:30PM EST: HAYLEY KRISCHER  event for SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ALI GREENLEAF with Kiara, Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist of Essex County, hosted by The Montclair Library, learn more here! 
  • 1/19 at 6:00 PM EST: Kevin Barry’s That Old Country Music | Literati Virtual Event with Daniel Jonathan Dee Join via Zoom
  • 1/19 at 7PM EST: Jenny Offill’s Weather | Harvard Book Store in Conversation with Catherine Lacey Join via Zoom
  • 1/19 at 5:00PM MT/ 7:00PM EST: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore hosts Lisa Gardner, author of BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, in conversation with Riley Sager. Join event via Facebook Live.
  • 1/19 at 5PM EST: JOY MCCULLOUGH AND SHEYDA ABVABI BEST LAUNCH event for CHAMP & MAJOR: FIRST DOGS. Hosted by Browseabout Books and the Delaware Humane Society, learn more here! 
  • 1/19 at 7PM EST: KRISTIN CASHORE LAUNCH event for WINTERKEEP in conversation with Sarah Enni. Hosted by Brookline Booksmith, learn more here!