Penguin Live has unveiled its summer season of events, which sees tours from a host of top authors including Caitlin Moran and "Queer Eye" star Tan France, along with live podcast events featuring Scarlett Curtis to mark Feminist Book Fortnight. PRH promised the line-up "will delight audiences for whom live events and experiences are an increasingly important part of their lives".
Portas celebrates her new book, Work Like a Woman, “which explores her mission to make work a better place for everyone”. The retail expert and businesswoman will share insights from her decades of business experience and secrets on how to be happier, more productive and more collaborative. She is on tour from 13th to 31st May, across the UK.
In addition, Curtis’ debut Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, will be celebrated in conjunction with Feminist Book Fortnight (4th to 18th May). Curtis will go on tour with a series of live podcast events featuring special guests including Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan. The tour starts on 9th May and includes events in Dublin, Manchester, Nottingham and London. The Sunday Times bestseller made headlines last autumn after Topshop boss Philip Green insisted the accompanying pop-up shop be dismantled, prompting various offers from other companies to partner with the book.
Meanwhile “Queer Eye” star Tan France will make at his first UK live appearances to promote his memoir, Naturally Tan, across London, Birmingham and Manchester. “This is a rare opportunity to hear from Tan as he discusses what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family and as one of the few people of colour in South Yorkshire, and he’ll speak candidly, and wittily, about how he found his voice and style,” PRH said.
Ben Macintyre will appear at seven venues across the UK to discuss his latest book, The Spy and the Traitor, billed by PRH as “the thrilling story of the greatest agent of the Cold War, Oleg Gordievsky”. He will be on tour from 28th May to 9th June, including events in Nottingham, Edinburgh and Norwich.
Finally, journalist and author Caitlin Moran will be back on tour in July to mark the paperback publication of How To Be Famous. “She’ll be discussing everything from camel-toes to #MeToo, and how – exactly – to be famous.”
A number of other events have already gone on sale including Paul Mason and Stuart Maconie talking about how humans can radically reinvent themselves for a clear, bright future in Manchester on 30th April; and the demon dog of crime fiction, James Ellroy, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 27th May.
Chloë Johnson-Hill, director of Penguin Live, said: “Building on Penguin Live’s successes of 2018... we are delighted our summer 2019 programme will bring many of Penguin Random House’s brilliant authors to audiences in the UK and Ireland; helping to drive bestsellers through our competitive book-in-ticket offers.
“By working closely with authors, and through innovative pairings and partnerships, this Penguin Live season will delight audiences for whom live events and experiences are an increasingly important part of their lives, keeping books at the heart of the conversation this summer.”
For further information, visit the events website or contact Penguin Live’s head of marketing Zoe Middleton on 020 7840 8685.