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Brighten your evenings with unmissable virtual events from Penguin LIVE

Join Penguin Live (virtually) during February and March for a series of unmissable events which sees appearances from a host of expert authors and top talent, including Ethan Hawke, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Bill Gates, Nell Frizzell, Adam Grant and Ray Mears.

Four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will be discussing his latest work as an author, and the first for almost 20 years. A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel full of rage and sex, longing and despair. Hawke will be in conversation with acclaimed author and former literary editor of the Times, Erica Wagner and will share his insights into this world, not only as a novelist but as an actor, writer and director for stage and screen. The event takes place on Monday 8th February and is in partnership with Southbank Centre.

To mark the publication of her much-anticipated memoir Unfinished, Priyanka Chopra Jonas will be interviewed by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful OBE in an exclusive event, offering insights into her childhood in India, her formative teenage years in the United States, and her return to India where – as an outsider to the pageant world – she won the national and global beauty competitions and launched her acting career. The event takes place on Thursday 11th February and is in partnership with Fane Online.

In an exclusive UK event, Bill Gates will be in conversation to celebrate the launch of his new book, How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and The Breakthroughs We Need. Gates will share his wide-ranging, practical and accessible plans for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions, and give a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face.
The event will be a positive and practical discussion, and audience will have the opportunity to submit questions for Bill. The event takes place on Wednesday 17th February and is in partnership with How To Academy.

Journalist, writer and Vogue columnist Nell Frizzell will be in conversation with Pandora Sykes to discuss her new book, The Panic Years – the maddening period of transition between adolescence and menopause, a personal crisis, a transformation. Join Nell and Pandora as they explore the impact of this time and how to stay sane whilst experiencing it, in a raw, hilarious and beguilingly honest way. The event takes place on Thursday 18th February.

Organisational psychologist Adam Grant, whose research is sought-after by global powerhouses such as NASA and the Gates Foundation, will be in a livestream talk to explain how to develop our individual, interpersonal and collective rethinking skills, distilling complex research into practical, useable terms. Grant will discuss questions such as ‘How can you harness the surprising advantages of imposter syndrome?’, ‘How can you bring nuance into charged conversations?’ and ‘How can you rethink your own future, and teach children to be lifelong learners?’. The event takes place on Friday 19th February and is in partnership with How To Academy.

TV presenter, instructor and bestselling author Ray Mears will be launching his new book We Are Nature: How to Reconnect to the Outdoors and unlocking the secrets of the wild. Learn from the stealth of the leopard and the patience of the crocodile with the survival expert, who has spent a lifetime in the natural world. Discover how to tune your senses, enhance the experience of nature and understand your place within it. The event takes place on Thursday 25th March and is in partnership with The British Library.