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Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change; The Sixth Extinction, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize, and Under the White Sky: The Nature of the Future. For her work at The New Yorker, where she’s a staff writer, she has received two National Magazine Awards, a National Academies Communication Award, and the Blake-Dodd Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Born in Durham, North Carolina, Wesley Allsbrook attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been recognized by The Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, the Television Academy and The Peabody Awards. She writes and draws for print, TV, film, games and immersive media. She’s autistic.


Videos from the 2024 First-Year Experience® Conference are now available

We’re pleased to share videos from the 2024 First-Year Experience® Conference. Whether you weren’t able to join us at the conference or would simply like to hear the talks again, please take a moment to view the clips below.   Penguin Random House Author Breakfast Monday, February 19th, 7:15 – 8:45 am PST This event

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Elizabeth Kolbert on Our Changing Climate and the Future Today’s Students Will Inherit

Contributed by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future “I’m a realist,” Ruth Gates was saying. “I cannot continue to hope that our planet is not going to change radically. It already is changed.” Gates, then the head of Hawaii’s Institute of Marine Biology, had taken me out to

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Register for the Penguin Random House 2022 Summer Common Reading Virtual Author Event!

Penguin Random House Common Reading Virtual Author Events  June 9th, 2022 Click Here to RSVP Penguin Random House Education would like to invite you to attend our Summer Virtual Author Event for Common Reading, which will take place on June 9th, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 pm ET (10:00-11:00 am PT) featuring live presentations by Anita Hill, Elizabeth

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Videos from the June 2022 PRH Common Reading Virtual Author Event are now available

On Thursday, June 9th 2022, Penguin Random House Education hosted a special event for first-year and common reading chairs from colleges and universities from across the country. Moderated by Spenser Stevens, PRH Education Marketing Manager, the event featured the following PRH authors speaking about their books:   Anita Hill, author of Believing Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a

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